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Hot Chick, The

Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams) leads an almost perfect high school life. She’s sexy, popular, head of the cheerleaders, and has about everything she could ever wish for. When one day she goes to the shopping mall together with her friends, she finds some earrings she desperately wants to have as she’s convinced they’ll help in getting her the title of homecoming queen at the prom. One problem: they are an antiquity and not for sale. She doesn’t let that stop her though and she swaps them with some other earrings in a box and manages to get them anyway. Little later, she looses one of the earrings in a gas station that just got robbed by Clive Maxtone (Rob Schneider) who finds it. That night, both she and Clive put on one of the earrings but what they don’t know is that these are magical and give the power to swap bodies. The next morning, Jessica wakes up in Clive’s body while Clive wakes up, realises his weener has disappeared. Jessica, in the body of a rather goofy 30-year old, now has to get her girlfriends to believe this rather insane story of a body swap and manage to get her own body back.

Sound and Vision:
The quality is pretty decent without grain or scratches and sharp image but there are some small problems due to edge enhancement and loss of detail although those aren’t too problematic. Certain scenes are a bit overlighted making the colors look unnatural, but overall the transfer is good enough and on an average screen you shouldn’t notice any problems.

The soundtrack has good use of the subwoofer, especially with the music score, and the surround speakers add to the overall atmosphere by being used a lot for atmosphere music. The front speaker also are used mostly for music while the center nicely gives understandable dialogues. Nothing extraordinary, but decent enough for a comedy like this.

Extras:
We start off the extras with director Tom Brady’s audio commentary track after which we go to about 15 deleted scenes. The main part of the extras is located in the “Yearbook” where there’s five featurettes :
– Becoming Clive: Shooting of the scenes where Rachel McAdams notices she’s a man in a woman’s body and needs to act like that.
– Becoming Jessica: same way how Rachel had to play a man in a woman’s body, Rob Schneider has to play a woman in a man’s body. We get to see the shooting of most of these scenes
– The Hot Chicks: interview fragments with the “girlfriends” of Jessica combined with some behind-the-scenes footage
– Guest Speakers: more info on the guest appearances of amongst others: Robert Davi, Angie Stone, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso and Dick Gregory
– Gym: Info on some of the stunts that were done for the picture
Last we get a music video of the group Zed who sing the song “Starlight”

Conclusion:
The Hot Chick is after Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo the second movie where Rob Schneider takes the lead and to be honest: he’s pretty good in this kind of roles. He manages to be funny but without bringing his character down and that’s something special nowadays. The movie has a couple of standard twists and you can see the end coming from far but it’s still entertaining nonetheless. The dvd release from Buena Vista has a few minor downpoints but none that will disturb you too much and the extras are pretty nice to watch. If you’re looking for a decent comedy to watch on a rainy evening, The Hot Chick is definitely worth checking out.

Our Score:
7.0

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