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A pair of comedy films starring Rob Schneider as a male prostitute.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), directed by Mike Mitchell. Deuce Bigalow (Schneider) is a down-and-out fish tank repairman who couldn't land a date to save his life. He is called upon one day to examine an exotic fish belonging to high-class male prostitute Antoine Laconte (Oded Fehr), and he determines that it is sick. Antoine asks him to stay at his house and take care of it while he is away. While he is doing so, Deuce ends up smashing the fish tank. In order to raise the money to buy a new one, he decides to masquerade as Antoine, only to find that some of his clients are a little... off-beat.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), directed by Mike Bigelow (yes, oddly, the director shares the same first name as that of the director of the first one and the same last name as that of the character). A Serial Killer in Amsterdam is going around killing male prostitutes. Deuce heads there to spend some time with his pimp, T.J. (Eddie Griffin), from the first film, only for T.J. to end up being suspected of the murders. T.J. implores him to find the real killer by re-entering work as a gigolo and visiting former clients of those murdered, who likewise turn out to be an oddball bunch. Ironically enough, the sequel may be more famous for Roger Ebert giving the flick one of the most legendary reviews of his careernote  than anything else.

Compare Hung, of which the plot is almost identical.

These films provide examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Pretty much every female character in these films (due to various personal quirks rather than being bad people) except the love interest in each.
  • Anti-Villain: Antoine in the first movie. He's not a bad guy, he just reacts...very badly if anyone damages his things.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted both times - one has a wooden leg and gets eaten by a shark in between films, the other has neuroses that outdo the first movie's Tourettes Girl.
  • Band of Brothels: The Royal Order Of European Man Whores.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Deuce really, really loves fish...
  • Butter Face: The chick from Chernobyl in the second movie.
  • Butt-Monkey: Deuce, big time.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Eva in the second film.
  • Covers Always Lie: European Gigolo is set in The Netherlands but the poster shows Italy.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The first movie's title. All gigolos are male.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Antoine is known to dish this out on anyone who defaces his home, even by the slightest extent.
    T.J. Hicks: You know, Antoine's got a really bad temper. One time, I dropped a cigar ash on his carpet, and he made me pick it up... with my anus.
  • Double Entendre: Nearly 99% of what Neil says to Deuce. It kinda makes you wonder.
    Neil: "You may not wanna blow your whole wad on this tank."
    "I'm not trying to flip you over and do you dry here."
    "Last time I didn't get the money up front, I got the big stiffy"
  • Extreme Omnivore: Parodied with T.J. in the first film. He's eating regular food... in his hot tub, where some of it ends up in.
  • Fanservice Extra:
    • Page Three Stunna Katie Downes as the woman who washes windows in the second film. With her breasts pressed against the window.
    • The woman in Deuce's pot-induced fantasy in the second film.
  • Freestate Amsterdam: The second film.
  • Freudian Threat: In the first film, Deuce has a misunderstanding with a bartender which results in the following masterpiece deadpan one-liner from Norm Macdonald:
    Bartender: Ahh, perhaps you don't understand. Ahh... if you don't pay me now, I'm going to uhh... take this swizzle-stick, and uhh... I'll be shoving that right up your pee-hole.
  • Groin Attack:
    • In the first movie, Claire (Gail O'Grady) tells Deuce that she wants her $500 dollars from him and when he refuses to pay her, she proceeds to kick him in the family jewels before attacking him much further.
    • It is revealed in flashback that Gaspar Voorsboch is killing gigolos because he blames them for the accident that apparently destroyed his own genitals.
  • Heavy Sleeper: One of his clients is narcoleptic.
  • High Class Gigolo: Antoine in the first movie. The second has an entire organization of these.
  • Hollywood Tourette's: One of the clients in the first film has it. So Deuce takes her to a baseball game, where everyone is already cursing anyway.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Deuce, of course.
  • Insistent Terminology: The phrase "manwhore" instead of "gigolo", which is maintained in both movies
  • Inspector Javert:
    • Both movies have different ones. Especially the second one, who's really the Well-Intentioned Extremist.
    • The inspector in the second one is so sure that T.J. is the culprit, he flat out ignores any and all other evidence brought to him no matter how important it may be to the case, rolls his eyes at other suspects, repeatedly demands Deuce tells him where T.J. is, and when Deuce brings him what may be key evidence his response is to 'snatch it from him and throw it into a nearby trashcan'. Of course, it's all a cover, since the inspector is in fact the man-whore killer.
  • Loophole Abuse: How Deuce gets off of his prostitution charges in the first film; while his clients did pay him to spend time with them, he never actually had sex with any of them. The one woman he did have sex with, Kate, her friends paid for it and not Kate, and he returned the money because he had fallen in love with her. Since Deuce was never paid to have sex with anyone, the judge dismisses the case.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: At the climax of both movies, involving all the Abhorrent Admirers (less so in the second).
  • Mistaken for Gay: As a Running Gag, this happens to T.J. repeatedly in the second film.
  • Mood Whiplash: In the first film, a sweet scene of Deuce and Kate abruptly transitions to a patient getting a numbing injection into his forehead.
  • Mythology Gag: Rob Schneider would get a LOT of mileage out of the line "that's a HUGE bitch!"
  • Naked People Are Funny: The very first joke in the first movie had Deuce cleaning an aquarium in his birthday suit, much to the disgust of the guests. He tries to justify it by saying chemicals from a swimsuit can be bad for the fish.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The poster above for European Gigolo, shows Deuce in Pisa, Italy. He never goes there, but rather instead, he goes to Amsterdam.
  • Nice Guy: Deuce himself. He encourages each of Antoine's clients to seek more from life.
  • Platonic Prostitution: What Deuce actually wound up doing. This proves crucial later on, as he gets arrested on and subsequently acquitted of prostitution charges.
  • Pocket Protector: While Taking the Bullet meant for Deuce, Jabba the Slut is saved from a crossbow bolt by the piece of chicken she had stuffed in her shirt.
  • Rhyming Title: Both the films' subtitles ends with "Gigolo", which rhymes with "Bigalow".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the opening scene of the sequel, when the first victim gigolo is about to be murdered: pushed to the train track. As the train comes closer, he screams in a high pitch like a sissy.
  • Second Love: Deuce's first love was his wife, Kate, who is later revealed to have died of being eaten by a shark while honeymooning. In the sequel, he eventually found love again in Eva and they end up married.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: One Abhorrent Admirer in the second movie is really just The Pig-Pen.
  • Sneeze of Doom: In the sequel, when Svetlana Revenko, one of Deuce's client with a dick nose, sneezes, her mucus fly wildly and smears on some people in the restaurant.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: One legged Kate from the first movie.
  • Taking the Bullet: Played with. See Pocket Protector above.
  • Teeny Weenie: A major source of insecurity for Detective Fowler in the first film. We then learn that his wife wasn't sleeping around because of his thin dick - she was doing it because he was so neurotic about it.
    Detective Fowler: It's not too small, it's too thin, okay!? My dick is too thin! (Yelling) I got a thin dick!
  • Toilet Humor: The second film. To paraphrase Richard Roeper, it's "the cinematic equivalent of a bunch of 13 year old boys in a locker room repeating dirty phrases they've just learned."
  • Unusual Euphemism: The second movie spams these.
  • Visual Innuendo: Look at the poster for European Gigolo. What does the Leaning Tower of Pisa remind you of?
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Both films end with these;
    • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo reveals that Deuce married Kate, Deuce's father became a male prostitute, the overweight Fluisa underwent extensive liposuction and now worked as a model in Victoria's Secret known as Naomi, Ruth opened an all girls school for Tourette's, Carol managed to fulfill her dream trip to France, T.J. starts his own reality show dedicated to his experiences as a male prostitute, and an incarcerated Antoine marries Tina. Also, Norm Macdonald worked on the film for one day.
    • In Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (with the opening revealing that Kate was killed in a shark attack shortly after the marriage), the epilogue reveals that T.J. moves on from gay man-whoring to become a rapper, Deuce marries Eva and she is shown being pregnant, Gaspar is gang raped in prison, and Kate's prosthetic leg is turned into a bong by a woman without a leg. Also, Norm Macdonald wishes he had his own sitcom.

Alternative Title(s): Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo, Deuce Bigalow Male Gigalo, Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo