Why’d it Bomb? Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
This movie was basically the beginning of the end for Rob Schneider. The former Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Player has never been beloved by critics…or audiences…or anybody except maybe his friends and family. But Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a huge hit, making $92 million on a $17 million dollar budget! His next two films, The Animal and The Hot Chick, however, weren’t quite as successful. So, in a last-ditch attempt to save his career, Schneider made a sequel to Deuce Bigalow and it bombed at the box office and got terrible reviews. But why didn’t the gigolo’s second attempt go down smoothly?
3. No one wanted a Deuce Bigalow 2
Really…who was asking for this? Who?
2. Rob Schneider attacking critics
This movie became infamous for the rivalry between Schneider and Roger Ebert. When Patrick Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times criticized the film, Schneider said that anyone who, I’m not kidding here, didn’t win any award shouldn’t be criticizing the film. Ebert came to his defense and said that, as a Pulitzer Prize Winner, he hated the film, saying “speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks”.
To be fair to Schneider, later on he did send flowers and a nice note to Ebert when he was recovering from thyroid cancer but seeing the star of the movie attack critics just for hating his movie might have turned people away from seeing it. Speaking of that…
1. The Rob Schneider backlash
I’ll have to admit, I don’t LIKE Rob Schneider but I don’t HATE him either, at least as a comedian. Well, okay, when he’s trying to do a stereotypical foreign accent, he’s irritating. Otherwise, I just find him bland. There are worse comedic actors out there, in my opinion. But, at the time this movie came out, I think most people were starting to get REALLY annoyed with how Adam Sandler was trying to give him a movie career and also forcing him in all of his movies at the time. It didn’t help that his movies seemed to get more and more ridiculous, as South Park pointed out:
As a result, people probably weren’t interested in another Rob Schneider movie and it bombed at the box office.
Rob Schneider was once a successful comedian until one day…his movies started bombing! Now he’s about to become a has-been and he’ll learn that being a has-been ain’t that easy man!
From the creators of The Stapler and The Carrot comes…
Rob Schneider as The Has-Been!