Parents' Guide to

The Hottie and the Nottie

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

To any beholder, superficial comedy is no beauty.

Movie PG-13 2008 91 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

sort of like Shallow Hal.

a man as a kid falls in love with a beautiful girl and the other girl is not that attractive . I thought this was good although some may be offended by this movie but it was alright.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE has a fairly interesting premise; sadly, it doesn't hold up. Less surprising is the fact that Hilton's casting doesn't turn out to be the film's most egregious offense. She's not as bad as you might expect -- when she's not overacting (which happens often), she's actually somewhat appealing ... though not appealing enough to be convincing as the "hottest" woman ever. Plus, her feelings stay on one plane; there are no shadings.

What is odious about the movie is how it gleefully "uglifies" the "nottie." Misogyny is front and center, with characters making proclamations like "the hotness of one girl is directly proportional to the ugliness of her best friend." The camera sadistically lingers on June's appearance, and the men -- who are far from great catches themselves -- take delight in being repulsed by it. Plus, the voiceover is annoying and the setups tired (would two ostensibly smart women really fall for all the lines Nate is throwing them?). Still, when Nate and June finally get together, the film suddenly displays a modicum of soul. Too bad it took so long to show up. The verdict? It's a nottie.

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