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1/28/18 Episode 86: The Hottie & The Nottie (2008)

Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch The Hottie & The Nottie (2008) at the same time. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab. 

Since the release of this episode, the movie has been pulled from YouTube. Embedded instead is young Carl and Mike performing Hamlet.

The success of Jackass: The Movie (2002) launched two more theatrical versions of MTV and/or reality shows: MTV The Real Cancun (2003, The Real World) and From Justin to Kelly (2003, American Idol). They bombed. 3-D movies valiantly drew crowds into the theaters, but the internet and DVD sales kept them down. 

Paris Hilton came from the worlds of reality television, DVD sales, and the internet. She was on the groundbreaking reality show The Simple Life; her porn tape sold tons of DVDs; and she was a MySpace phenom and online paparazzi fixture. The silver screen beckoned.

The Hottie & The Nottie (2008) would had been shitty even without Paris as the lead. Its low budget production cries out "first year Hulu." Its sexist premise - pretty actress (Christine Lakin) wears ugly make-up - crumbles quickly. Movie takes place on the Santa Monica pier and beach, a bad movie rule for me. (On the podcast, I refer to Santa Monica Beach as Venice Beach, so sue me). My bad movie rule is that the characters not only hang out on "zany" Santa Monica beach, but can afford to live in one of the beach houses. They live one of the most famous houses.

Whatever my opinion, I feel like a lot of people grew up watching this film and get nostalgic for it.

I get nostalgic because the movie feels like the last Generation X "slacker" comedy before the Millennial movies took over. The male lead looks like Shaggy from Scooby Doo and watches TV with his slacker friends, combing through their 1987 yearbook. For a costume party at the famous beach house, Shaggy dresses as Speed Racer and mingles with women dressed in Hot Dog on a Stick uniforms. The famous San Francisco Stonestown Mall location just closed, so that also makes me nostalgic.

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