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The Hottie & the Nottie Review

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Dave White Profile

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  • 1.0
    7

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 12

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A cinematic excursion so horrific that it's an insult to bad movies to call it a bad movie.

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  • 12

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Verdict: not so hot

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Ultimately best suited for the confines of late-night cable.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Farrelly brothers could burp out a movie funnier than The Hottie & the Nottie, a farce of corrupt stereotypes that's never more grotesque than when it pretends to be more than skin-deep.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

To any beholder, superficial comedy is no beauty.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy -- which stars tabloid staple Paris Hilton -- models some pretty terrible behavior for teen girls. It takes delight in disparaging women who don't abide by a rigid definition of beauty (i.e. blond, scantily clad and unchallenging). And despite the main character's ultimate epiphany about what's truly attractive, women are, for the most part, objectified. Though there's no outright nudity, there are many scenes that pore over women's bodies, as well as some making out and discussion of losing virginity. Much is made of what a man will do to get sex, and there's plenty of drinking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's ideas about beauty. Is beauty just what our society decides? How are other societies' notions of beauty similar and different? When the "nottie" becomes a "hottie," why does Nate fall for her? Is it just because she's now prettier, or does he have any other motivations? Why is Hollywood so enamored of ugly-duckling stories? And why did the movie not make much of a deal about how Nate himself looks? Are expected appearance standards different for men and women? Is that fair?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Nate stalks Cristabel so they can "meet cute" and lies to get close to her and her best friend. A man can barely stop himself from throwing up while dating the "nottie." Overall, the men are quite insulting to women. Though there are messages about the importance of inner beauty, there's also a very strong focus on physical appearance.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie opens with a woman smashing a guitar into her then-boyfriend's face; a man attacks another out of jealousy; some bickering between couples.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of crude sexual jokes (some involving hand gestures); a man licks a woman's face lasciviously during a date; men ogle women's cleavage; many scenes in which Cristabel is barely clothed (and when she is, the camera lingers on her behind, abs, and chest). Two couples are shown in various stages of making out. A woman invites a man to de-virginize her, even if she's not sure he likes her for who she is; a couple is shown in a sexual position (she's clothed, he has his shirt off).

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "dick," "a--hole," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A bottle of Jack Daniels is brandished, the logo clearly visible. Signage for restaurants and cafes. Mention of Flashdance and Oprah. And, let's face it, Hilton is a brand all on her own.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink whisky, beer, and everything in between, though usually at parties. A few allusions to how drinking can loosen inhibitions.

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