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The Hot Chick

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The Hot Chick
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The hot mess of this so-called "chick".
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Tom Brady
Written By: Tom Brady
Rob Schneider
Starring: Rob Schneider
Anna Faris
Matthew Lawrence
Eric Christian Olsen
Robert Davi
Melora Hardin
Alexandra Holden
Rachel McAdams
Maritza Murray
Fay Hauser
Jodi Long
Tia Mowry
Tamera Mowry-Housley
Lee Garlington
Angie Stone
Matt Weinberg
Leila Kenzle
Michelle Branch
Michael O'Keefe
Adam Sandler
Jason Tobin
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: December 13, 2002
Runtime: 104 minutes
Country: United States

The Hot Chick is a 2002 American teen comedy film directed by Tom Brady and starring Rob Schneider (who co-wrote the script and served as producer), Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Christian Olsen, Robert Davi, Michael Keefe, and Adam Sandler (who also served as executive producer). The film is a loose remake of the 1964 film Goodbye Charlie, which, in turn, was adapted from a 1959 play by George Axelrod. This was one of many Happy Madison productions that tainted Rob Schneider's career. During the film release, the film had received negative reviews and caused people to show hatred for Rob after he released similar films in the theaters.

Plot

Jessica Spencer is a popular, but cruel and spoiled high school cheerleader who wakes up one day in the body of a 30-something man after having switched bodies with a petty crook, named Clive, thanks of a pair of mystical earrings Jessica stole from a occult shop, one of which ends up in Clive's posession. Now Jessica (in Clive's body) must find a way get her/his body back while learning first-hand the values and cons of being a man, while Clive (in Jessica's body) takes advantage of his/her new body to set in motion a crime spree to put the blame on Jessica.

Why It's Not Hot

  1. Jessica in Clive's body is basically a poor man's Mr. Bean.
  2. Rob Schneider's performance as Jessica isn't convincing at all, and you don't buy the idea that it's Jessica in a man's body, and it feels more as an effeminate weirdo who starts hanging out with April and her friends.
  3. We don't get to know the characters of Jessica and Clive very well which causes that when the body swap happens, we don't feel that is the character in a different body.
  4. It focuses too much on Jessica in Clive's body and not enough on Clive in Jessica's body which is how body swap movies are supposed to work.
  5. They got Rob Schneider to have a girls' name in this movie.
  6. Rob constantly screams, and none of it is funny.
  7. Rob pole dances, and it's embarrassing to watch.
  8. The scene where April pepper sprays on Jessica (in Clive's body) face is not funny at all.
  9. One of the characters is named Booger. Who would name their kid like that?!
  10. The Bee mascot design is creepy and uncanny.
  11. An unnecessary reference to the Winona Ryder mall incident.
  12. Product placement from Cartoon Network, Sanrio, Disney (the company that owns Touchstone Pictures, which distributed this movie), Hasbro, Care Bears, Raggedy Ann, Pepsi, and Nickelodeon among others.
  13. False advertising: The trailer gives the idea that Jessica gets turned into a man for mocking a goth girl when in the movie she switches bodies with one.
  14. Misleading Title: Look, we know Rachel McAdams is hot and her character Jessica is the typical mean hot girl but Jessica is in a man's body for the most part of the movie so why it's called The Hot Chick?
  15. They literally deleted half-an-hour of the film, and most of those deleted scenes were necessary to understand the progress of the story.
  16. Massive amounts of gross-out humor and BLOODY PENIS JOKES!
  17. During a phone call with male Jessica and Billy, Billy brings up the name of a "church minister" which is an offensive stereotype.
  18. Speaking of stereotypes, the entire subplot in which Keecia "Ling-Ling" Jackson is embarassed by her unorthodox Korean mother, just because she wants her to "appreciate" her own mixed race is extremely racist, and insulting to others with mixed races. There's even a moment in which Keecia's mother says the N-word, which is also offensive. To make things worse, after Keecia scolds her mother for this, she leaves in a car with hydraulics while rap music is playing and the other students join in the rhythm, which is just plain appalling.
  19. The owner of the strip club is extremely unlikeable, since he wants Jessica to continue her stripper job, even though it's not Clive in her body anymore. Even when her father stops the man from doing so, he questions the dad about what place he's running. Did you even bother to check her background history?
  20. We get a disgusting shot of Rob Schneider in his stripper outfit, complete with yet another dick joke, which grosses out a man who's also supposed to be a high school teenager. Reeealll funny, right guys?
  21. Plot Hole: In the opening scene, the souls moved to the bodies of each woman. When Jessica and Clive switched, their bodies moved to other's souls. What should have happened is that Jessica will wake up in Clive's body in his house and Clive should've woken up in Jessica's body in her house.
  22. The ending of the film is somewhat disturbing: After returning to their bodies, Clive (still wearing the stripper outfit he had worn as Jessica in her body as well as a pair of handcuffs) escapes from the police and is abducted by the nightclub bartender who had previously appeared, he gives him a perverted look and then proceeds to locks the car doors and drives off with Clive in the back of his car, implying he wants to sexually assault Clive, which prompts Clive to scream out of fear.
    • The alternative ending is much more decent and nice.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The pillow fight scene and the dance scene at the night club are very memorable and funny.
  2. The soundtrack is good.
  3. A funny cameo from Adam Sandler.
  4. Jessica being a good big sister.
  5. Jessica's relationship with her friends, especially April, is very cute and well-handed.
  6. Anna Faris gives a decent performance.
  7. It introduced Rachel McAdams, who's now a very talented and recognized actress.
  8. Anna Faris and Rachel McAdams look beautiful and hot in their outfits throughout the movie. The latter especially in her stripper suit at the end of the movie.
  9. Thankfully, Jessica is not underage in this movie, as it's revealed to she's 18 years old, hence explaining the stripper job.
  10. At least at the ending, Keecia finally appreciates her own mixed-race during her graduation speech, and her father is proud of the fact she's maintained some of his Jewish traits, which makes up for her mother's racist shenagians.
  11. It's a decent and somewhat funny body swap movie.

Reception

The film opened at #5 at the U.S. box office on the weekend of December 13–15, 2002, taking in US$7,401,146, averaging $3,338 across the 2,217 theatres where it was shown. It went on to earn a total worldwide gross of $54,639,553.[1]

Trivia

  • Jessica's (Rachel McAdams') license plate says "Hot Chk 1".
  • Anna Faris, Alexandra Holden, Lee Garlington, Melora Harding, and Matt Weinberg (five of the actors from the film) appeared on Friends (1994).
  • The No Secrets song "That's What Girls Do" was heard at the end credits of The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002). In this movie, once the song begins, Anna Faris is seen wearing a television shirt of "The Powerpuff Girls".
  • Rob Schneider's mother, Pilar Schneider, appeared as one of the cheerleading contest judges.
  • Rachel McAdams and Melora Hardin play mother and daughter in the movie. In real life, the two are only eleven years apart.
  • The MPAA originally gave the film an R rating, but it was re-rated PG-13 rating on appeal (without cuts).
  • The scene where Rob Schneider falls down the bleachers was filmed in Sea Hawk Stadium at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California.
  • Rachel McAdams also went on to play a mean girl in the movie Mean Girls.
  • Previews included on DVD releases before the theatrical release of the movie show the original title of the movie being "Miss Popularity".
  • When the rival cheerleaders from the Foxes team exit the stores and get caught by the security guards, one says, "Let's go Winona". This is a reference to Winona Ryder, who was convicted of shoplifting in November 2002.
  • The Bongo Player, played by Adam Sandler, is based on a character from a Saturday Night Live (1975) sketch featuring Rob Schneider where he played a store owner who kept saying, "You put your weed in there."
  • This movie marked Ashlee Simpson's and Michelle Branch's film debut.
  • When the mall security guard yells, "That's a huge bitch!" as Hindenburg walks by, this is a running joke referring to random people yelling it offensively several times throughout Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999).
  • The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.

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