By Fred Topel | Image property of Regent Releasing.
The Hottie & the Nottie
There is nothing wrong with Paris Hilton in The Hottie and the Nottie. It's a horrible, horrible movie but not because of anything Ms. Hilton does or does not do. In fact, even the actress playing the Nottie is perfectly fine. It's a disgusting film with men so repulsive, even the campy socialite deserves a better project.
Movie Review: The Hottie & the Nottie
The Hottie and the Nottie is the typical story of a boy, Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore), who longs for his dream girl Cristabelle (Hilton). However, she is devoted to her best friend June (Christine Lakin), whose unfortunate appearance has kept her from enjoying a relationship. Nate will have to find someone for the Nottie before he can date the Hottie.
As makeover stories go, the plot is fine. It actually makes Cristabelle an admirable prize because she is a good friend. At least they ugly up June enough so that it's not obvious she's really gorgeous under her glasses and pony tail. It's ridiculous makeup and you know there's a reasonable looking person under there, but for the purposes of the movie, they ugly her up.
The men are just awful. Nate is a gangly, greasy slob. Maybe instead of sweats, he should invest in a shirt with a collar and take a bath and shave every now and then. His best friend Arno (The Greg Wilson) is a slurping fat slob with his dating theories and misogynistic advice.
On the other hand, Hilton is smiley and delightful as Cristabelle. At least that's a personality. Lakin is endearing under all that gunk and when she finally gets to come through, there are some real moments dealing with her perspective on a love life.
The film goes everywhere you think it's going to go and there is an air of desperation all around. The actors, the writers and the filmmakers are all just begging you to laugh at something. They deliver banal "humor" so overzealously it's pathetic. It's exactly as unfunny as you'd expect, except maybe for completely different reasons.