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The Hottie and the Nottie

The Hottie and the Nottie
Hottie and the nottie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Putnam
Produced byMyles Nestel
Victoria Nevinny
Neal Ramer
Hadeel Reda
Written byHeidi Ferrer
StarringParis Hilton
Joel David Moore
Christine Lakin
Music byDavid E. Russo
CinematographyAlex Vendler
Edited byJeff Malmberg
Production
company
Distributed byRegent Releasing
Release date
  • February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$9 million
Box office$27,696 (Domestic) [2] $1,596,232 (World) [3]

The Hottie and The Nottie (stylized as The Hottie & The Nottie) is a 2008 American romantic comedy film starring Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore, and Christine Lakin. Written by Heidi Ferrer and directed by Tom Putnam, the film began shooting in January 2007 and was released theatrically on February 8, 2008.

The film was a critical failure and box-office bomb, and has been called one of the worst films of all time. Paris Hilton won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, which was one of three "Razzies" she received at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards.

Plot

Nate Cooper is unable to get it together with women. But he also cannot forget his first crush: The attractive Cristabel Abbott, from their time in elementary school. Nate sets out for the beaches of California and meets up with his geeky best friend Arno, whose mother has an unnatural amount of information about Cristabel, and perhaps an unusual relationship with her son.

Cristabel jogs on the beach every day with many suitors trying to catch her eye, including an albino stalker. But she's still single, and there is a reason: Cristabel is still best friends with the same short, unattractive brunette girl whom Nate also knew in elementary school, June Phigg.

Nate reintroduces himself to Cristabel and they hit it off. However, Cristabel refuses to go on a date with Nate unless June has a date as well. Nate sets out to find a boyfriend for June, but men recoil at the sight of her. One day at the Santa Monica Pier, Johann Wulrich, an attractive dentist who works as a part-time model, appears in their lives. He seems to want to do a makeover on June when he apparently sees her inner beauty. However, Nate believes that Johann is a threat to his shot for Cristabel, since Johann is almost perfect. Eventually, with June dating Johann, Cristabel finally begins dating Nate, per his original plan.

Over the next few weeks, as Nate and June become friends and she emerges from her cocoon, with her face and appearance transforming into that of an attractive woman whose beauty begins to compare with Cristabel, Nate slowly realizes that June may be the girl of his dreams. Nate tells this to Cristabel, who is happy for June. Nate then tries to find June, and finds her, telling her how he feels.

Cast

Reception

Box office

Opening on February 8, 2008, The Hottie and the Nottie grossed $9,000 on opening day,[4] and it went on to earn $27,696 on its opening weekend, each theater averaging $249.[5]The Houston Chronicle determined that, based on average ticket prices, this represented an average of 35 people per theatre on its opening weekend, or an average of five per showing.[6] In the end, the film grossed $1,596,232 worldwide,[7] making the film a gigantic financial disaster.

For its release in the United Kingdom, the film was advertised as "The Number One Film", with small print revealing its being number 1 on the Internet Movie Database's Bottom 100. The film opened at number 32 and grossed $34,231 in 28 theaters in the UK.

Critical response

The film received near-universally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 4% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 67 reviews, concluding that "The Hottie and the Nottie is a crass, predictable, and ineptly staged gross-out comedy that serves little purpose beyond existing as another monument to Paris Hilton's vanity."[8]Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 7 out of 100, based on 18 reviews -- indicating "overwhelming dislike."[9]

IGN gave it a zero-star review, noting that the film "presents a problem because there are just no words to adequately express how clumsy, trite and deeply offensive it is from start to finish." Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers gave the film a half-star rating, saying that the half-star was because "it takes guts (or gross dim-wittedness) [for Hilton] to appear on screen again after House of Wax."[10] Nathan Lee of The Village Voice called it "crass, shrill, disingenuous, tawdry, mean-spirited, vulgar, idiotic, boring, slapdash, half-assed, and very, very unfunny."[11] Online film critic James Berardinelli described the film's comedy as "about as funny as the anal rape scene in The War Zone".[12]Richard Roeper called the film "excruciatingly, painfully, horribly, terribly awful," and argued that "nobody in this movie really should have a career in movies". BBC reviewer Mark Kermode called it "a fascist eugenic tract...it's disgusting". Connie Ogle in the Miami Herald described The Hottie and the Nottie thus: "Imagine the worst movie you've ever seen. Got it? Now try to think of something worse. That something is this movie - wretched, embarrassing and a waste of the time and energy of everyone involved."[13] The British newspaper The People, reviewing The Hottie and the Nottie, called the film "the worst movie ever made".[14]

John Anderson of Newsday, while panning the film, was one of a handful of critics to see merit in it. He gave the film two out of four stars and concluded that "The Hottie and the Nottie is no worse in many ways than a lot of teen-centric comedies, which generally appeal to their audience through cruelty and vulgarity."

The film featured on several worst of 2008 lists, including that of The Times,[15]New York Post,[16]The Star-Ledger,[17]The Tart,[18] and Metromix.[19]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result
Razzie Award Worst Actress Paris Hilton Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
Joel David Moore Won
Christine Lakin Won
Worst Screenplay Heidi Ferrer Nominated
Worst Picture Hadeel Reda Nominated
Neal Ramer Nominated
Myles Nestel Nominated
Victoria Nevinny Nominated
Worst Director Tom Putnam Nominated

Home media

The Hottie and the Nottie was released on DVD on May 6, 2008. The DVD includes a production commentary, an actors' commentary, and two featurettes.

See also

References

  1. ^ "THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. January 16, 2008. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) - Box Office Mojo". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2008-02-10. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Paris Hilton's Film: Not So 'Hottie'", People Magazine, February 9, 2008
  5. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ The Houston Chronicle, p. E1, February 11, 2008
  7. ^ "THE HOTTIE & THE NOTTIE".
  8. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008): Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Nathan Lee (2008-01-29). "Village Voice Review". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "James Berardinelli review". Reelviews.net. 2007-05-13. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "The Hottie and The Nottie". RottenTomatoes. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "The Hottie and the Nottie Review". The People. London, England. March 23, 2008. Disaster Of Paris; Bimbo is worst actress ever
  15. ^ "The 100 Worst Movies of 2008". The Times. London. 2007-10-23. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Today's Ten: Worst Movies Of 2008". New York Post. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Whitty, Stephen (2007-12-27). "Worst films Of 2008: 10 films to forget". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Morgan, James (2009-01-02). "The Worst Movies of 2008 - Part 5". The Tart. Retrieved .
  19. ^ Pais, Matt (2007-12-11). "Worst movies of 2008". Metromix. Retrieved .

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