[VIDEO REVIEWS]The Buzz on This Deuce Is 'Predictable'

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[VIDEO REVIEWS]The Buzz on This Deuce Is 'Predictable'

It has been a slow period for the video industry. Blockbuster movies are due to be released soon, but until then, here are two new selections for Rob Schneider fans and children: the comedy "Deuce Bigalow" and a children's animation, "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command."



DEUCE BIGALOW (1999)

Directed by Mike Mitchell. Starring Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin, Arija Bareikis and Gail O'Grady.

With stand-up comedian Schneider headlining the cast and comic actor Adam Sandler as executive producer, you know this movie will not be high art. As a matter of fact, the movie gets downright raunchy from the beginning.

Deuce Bigalow (Schneider) is a bumbling fish tank cleaner who likes to clean public aquariums in the nude and gets his kicks from watching his co-worker's t-shirt get wet.

One day he meets Antoine (Oded Fehr), a very successful and wealthy gigolo. When Antoine gets called to Europe "on business," he asks Deuce to watch over his apartment and take care of his prized Chinese Tailbar Lionfish.

Deuce inadvertently destroys Antoine's home, including his expensive aquarium and fish. In order to earn enough money to cover the expenses of refurbishing Antoine's home before he returns from Europe, Deuce enlists the help of pimp T.J. (Griffin). T.J. turns him into a prostitute, of sorts. Deuce doesn't actually sleep with any of his shy and self-conscious clients.

While "working" Deuce falls in love, with, yes, a client. Meanwhile he has to avoid a crazed cop who wants to send him to jail. The conflicts are predictable, but at times, funny.



BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND (2000) - "Uju Jeonsa Beojeu" in Korean

Directed by Tad Stones. Starring Tim Allen, Diedrich Bader, Wayne Knight, Nicole Sullivan, Stephen Furst, Larry Miller and Adam Carolla.

The star of the "Toy Story" series now shines in a direct-to-video two-dimensional animation. Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Allen) receives word from Star Command that three Little Green Men are missing. Buzz and his partner Warp Darkmatter (Diedrich Bader) find the missing Little Green Men and battle the kidnapper, the evil Emperor Zurg (Knight) and his minions. Darkmatter is seriously injured and asks Buzz Lightyear to leave him to die.

Buzz goes solo to battle Zurg, who wants the Little Green Men's Unimind. The Unimind links brains together and is key to Zurg brainwashing the universe. Unable to stop Zurg by himself, Buzz reluctantly accepts help from rookie Mira Nova (Sullivan), the bumbling Booster (Furst) and XR (Miller), a robot created by the Little Green Men.

While defending the universe, Buzz learns the importance of cooperation.



by Joe Yong-hee

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