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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Hottie & The Nottie'
(Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore, Christine Lakin , et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2008 / Genius Products)

Overview: Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore) is an unfeeling commitment "challenged" lemon. His fed-up girlfriend runs out on him and he’s just about hit rock bottom. Haunted by his childhood, he can’t seem to get over his kindergarten crush with the cutest girl at school, Christabel Abbot (Paris Hilton). Unable to move forward in love and life, Nate decides to track down Christabel, hoping to unlock the key to his future.

DVD Verdict: Unkind Paris Hilton jokes aside, this wasn't the worst movie ever to come out of Hollywood ... just the worst so far this year1 It had some laughs and geeky Joel David Moore has the makings of this decade's Tom Green!

I'd have given 'TH&TN' a little more slack if it hadn't been so inclined to fall back on shallow gross out material, but truth be told that's about all it had going for it. There's also something abrasive about movies that feature a message of conformity-via-individual-transformation as the answer to life's problems. Frankly I thought June, the titular "Nottie" character, played by Christine Lakin, though replete with bad teeth, facial hair, mole, leaking nose, toes from Hell et al, had a lot more individuality than the version of herself she became later.

Not unlike Marcia Brady's friend Molly Webber, whom Marcia helped become a self-confident beauty back in the `70's, or the ugly duckling-to-swan Tai character in Clueless thirteen years ago, under the tutelage of Joel David Moore's Nate and Paris Hilton's Christabel, Christine Larkin's June becomes appropriately and acceptably gorgeous by present standards, and ONLY then does her inner beauty become apparent to all.

Sure, June may have needed a good shave and maybe her teeth put you in mind of Austin Powers, but, come on, isn't being proud of who you are the very basis of all those After School Specials we used to watch in sixth-grade health class? Um, no? Well, anyway, I got on The Breakfast Club's case about making its message "conform through image" and yet 'The Hottie & The Nottie' goes about a hundred times farther with that theme and is a hundred times less enjoyable.

Forgetting all that for a second, 'TH&TN' probably doesn't deserve the scorn it's gotten. It does have some legitimate laughs, the cast does earn its paychecks, and there's no malice in Paris Hilton's performance or character. I somehow doubt this flick's going to be much of a force to be reckoned with come Oscar Night, but it's no worse a time waster than 90% of what the movie industry churns out every year. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary from Paris, Christine, and Joel
Making Of featurette
Blooper Reel
Mockumentary
Photo Gallery

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