The Hot Chick

The body switching concept has been around for a long time, most evident in the 80’s with films such as Vice Versa, Like Father Like Son and to an extent Big. The plots of all of these are basically the same – two unlikely people swap physical form and much fish-out-of-water high jinks ensue. This leads us to The Hot Chick, the latest in the line of body swapping film (note – body swapping is different to wife swapping – that’s a different type of film).

Grimy slob and petty criminal Clive (Rob Schneider) is definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer by a long shot. Jessica (Rachel McAdams) is the head cheerleader and stunningly gorgeous albeit a bit of a bitch. These two have nothing in common whatsoever and come from completely different world.

After the usual freak accident, Clive and Jessica both manage to get hold of one half of a pair of an ancient Abyssinian earrings and lo and behold, the 40 year old thief and the 17 year old cheerleader swap bodies.

With Jessica waking up and discovering some shocking things about her (like a new penis) and Clive discovering his new breasts, both are more than a little shocked. Clive at least can hide out in his apartment, but Jessica has to deal with her boyfriend, her best friends, school and a forth coming cheerleading contest.

With time running out Jessica becomes increasingly desperate to find out why this has happened and more importantly how to reverse the effects – before it becomes permanent.

The Hot Chick manages to not only hit every single female high school cliché along the way; it butchers them. It has moments of crudity and stereotyping which most of the time fails. There are a few laughs along the way but not enough to sustain the 101 minutes running time.

Performances are surprisingly funny, which almost the whole cast willing to play it broad and letting themselves act very foolish for the sake of comedy. Rob Schneider is probably at his funniest as he does what he did in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, namely surround himself with funny people. Here he plays a lot of the film against Anna Faris who plays Jessica’s best friend. Faris is no stranger to outrageous comedy having played the leading role in the Scary Movie films. Also worth mentioning is newcomer Rachel McAdams who is also willing to act foolish to get the laughs. Also Adam Sandler as a stoner weed guy, complete with dreadlocks and Rastafarian get up, is funny popping up now and then to antagonise people.

The problem with The Hot Chick is that the laughs seem almost forced at times and seem to be trying to copy funnier movies. The insistence in having Jessica’s friends always trying to look at her new penis tends to become boring after a while. It’s a sloppily directed and written affair that feels like the jokes were written first then the situations later, which explains why Jessica gets a job as a janitor at school and a gardener at home to keep her in her environments. So a janitor can wander around a school hanging out with a bunch of girls and waving at the football team without arousing any suspicions?

Overall the film is a just another lame-brained comedy churned out by the film makers behind The Animal. The best laughs come from Robert Davi as Jessica’s sexually frustrated father, Adam Sandler’s stoner guy and Clive (before he became a girl). A film with just these three would be worth watching.

SCORE 4/10

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