The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) (part 1 of 5)
Welcome to the fourth installment of Guaranteed Razzie Contenders: 2009 Edition! In this special series of mini-recaps, the Agony Booth staff takes a long, unflinching look at the awful movies that are sure to be nominated for Razzie Awards in 2009!
Check out the other recaps in this series: The Love Guru by Ed Harris, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale by Ryan Lohner, 10,000 B.C. by Jessica Ritchey!
So, I’m guessing the “gross-out romantic comedy”—that lively movie subgenre full of clichéd romance for the ladies, lots of puking and farting and shitting jokes for the guys—is never going away, is it? Because when relatively cheap movies like There’s Something About Mary or The 40 Year Old Virgin or Wedding Crashers can make a gazillion damn dollars at the box office, you can’t really blame everybody and their cousin for wanting to repeat the formula. Which is why for every Knocked Up, we get half a dozen alleged comedies (and past Razzie contenders) like Dirty Love and Good Luck Chuck.
The Hottie & the Nottie—the title alone is enough to make a person shudder—is the latest gross-out romantic comedy to find itself within the Razzie crosshairs. But to be fair, it’s pretty far from one of the worst comedies I’ve seen. The movie’s biggest sin is that it’s just soul-crushingly lazy. Jokes are telegraphed from miles away. So are the plot points. And somewhere around the one-hour mark, it completely forgets to be a comedy, and transforms into a lifeless, lightweight chick flick for the remainder of its run.