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A 'Chick' flick for all

Jessica, trapped in the body of Clive (Rob Schnider), gets some grooming help from her friend April (Anna Faris).

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published December 23, 2002

Movie: The Hot Chick

  • Rating: PG-13

Summary: An extremely popular, but not so nice girl named Jessica (Rachel McAdams) dons one earring from a pair she shoplifted that has an ancient curse on it. Meanwhile, a bum named Clive (Rob Schneider), who robs gas stations, finds the other one that dropped out of Jessica's car and puts it on to make himself look extra "spiffy." These simultaneous actions activate the curse, and their personalities are switched: Jessica inhabits Clive's grubby body, and Clive lives in Jessica's. Jessica has to live with being a man while trying to retrieve her boyfriend and her real body before prom night.

My view: Even though this movie is ridiculously stupid, it's actually pretty funny. There's lots of gender-specific jokes, but both boys and girls can appreciate the absurdity. I can't see anyone but Rob Schneider doing this role, except maybe Adam Sandler, who makes his trademark Schneider-film cameo. This is one of those movies that I shouldn't admit I found as funny as I did.

Favorite part: The scene with the pillow fight was great, even though they showed most of it in the previews.

Recommendations: This is no work of art, but you'll definitely have a good time watching it -- if you're a teenager. It's rated PG-13 for a reason, and I wouldn't suggest that anyone under that age go anywhere near this film!

Grade: C

Billy Norris, 15, is in the ninth grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times' X-Team.

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