Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1999. Happy Madison Productions, Out of the Blue… Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Harris Goldberg, Rob Schneider. Cinematography by Peter Lyons Collister. Produced by Barry Bernardi, Sidney Ganis. Music by Teddy Castellucci. Production Design by Alan Au. Costume Design by Molly Maginnis. Film Editing by George Bowers, Lawrence Jordan, Doron Shauly.
Despite the idiotic writing, star Rob Schneider comes off looking pretty good in this surprise hit comedy. He plays a lonely pool cleaner who is left to housesit the apartment of a strappingly handsome gigolo (Oded Fehr) and ends up destroying a very expensive aquarium. In need of some serious cash to replace the tank before Fehr gets home from a ‘business’ trip, Schneider takes on some of his host’s newer clients and tries to earn his living as a ‘manwhore’. He even ends up falling in love with one of them (a delightful Arija Bareikis) until Fehr comes home and the jig is up. The humour gets pretty tasteless at times, but for some reason no matter how stupid it gets it feels so very satisfying in the end. Schneider is full of likable pluck, and the fun feels justified because the movie never pretends to be something more than it is (which is usually the shortcoming of many of Adam Sandler’s movies, who co-produced this film for his pal Schneider).