Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo is the belly aching tale of a dimwitted and kind American gigolo who must solve the murder mystery that is claiming all of Europe’s finest gigolos. In doing so, he can save his friend T.J. (Eddie Griffin) who has been wrongfully accused of committing the murders. Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) is back although raunchier in this sequel of man-whoring where the laughs are as plentiful as Bigalow’s numerous mishaps.
The premise of the first movie was a hilarious one. Deuce has to pay some hefty expenses in a timely manner so he becomes a low class gigolo fulfilling the needs of awkward and disenchanted women. It is ironic because he does not have model looks but is average in every way and desperate. The clients that he meets fall into the same category, but are either seven feet tall or have strange fetishes for starters. The film works on many levels because the leads in Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin play beautifully off one another. Schneider as Deuce is out of his element but willing to give one hundred percent. Under his idiocy is a gentle, caring man. Griffin gives T.J. a swagger creating a world with his dialogue including words such as man-whore, mangina, and prostadude.
The second film has a funny premise too set primarily in Amsterdam, always ripe for comedy with its marijuana and legal prostitution, as well as the murder mystery element of the plot. Someone is killing off all the top gigolos so Deuce has to go back to man-whoring to solve the case and clear T.J.’s name. Throw in strange dates for Deuce, escalating circumstances for T.J., plus a love story and you have a pretty well thought out film.
With the Deuce series of movies you have to throw political correctness to the side where just about anything is ripe for parody from sexuality, race, nationality, and physical handicaps. Deuce’s character with his naivety is the heart of the film and he is not mean spirited. If you take it seriously you are missing the point. This isn’t real life where some of these things may still be funny, but are frowned upon by society. It’s nice to laugh out loud especially with the uncertainty of the times ahead with terrorism and war at hand.
The sequel seems to have raunchier humor of the gross-out variety that can make you squirm or go “eww.” The original movie did not rely as heavily on this and it wasn’t missed. This is a