The Hottie And The Nottie is a 2008 romantic comedy film starring Paris Hilton, Joel Moore, Christine Lakin, and The Greg Wilson. It was written by Heidi Ferrer (Dawson's Creek), and is the first full-length feature film directed by Tom Putnam. The film started shooting in January 2007 and debuted on February 8, 2008. Its first-day earnings were $9,000, with it going on to earn $27,696 on its opening weekend, each theater averaging $249. The film was a critical and box office bomb.
Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore
) just can't get it together with women. But he also can't forget his first crush, Cristabel Abbott (Paris Hilton
), from their time in elementary school, the first grade. He sets out for the beaches of California and meets up with his geeky best friend, whose mom 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 ugly little girl Nate knew from first grade, June Phigg (Christine Lakin
Nate manages to reintroduce himself to Cristabel and they surprisingly 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 guys recoil at the sight of her. At the Santa Monica
Pier, Johann, an attractive dentist who works as a part-time model, appears in their lives. He seems to want to do a makeover on June. As Nate and June become friends and she emerges from her cocoon, Nate slowly realizes that the girl of his dreams may be June.
As of April 3
, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
reported that 5% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 55 reviews. Metacritic
reported the film had an average score of 6 out of 100, based on 17 reviews — indicating "extreme dislike or disgust. IGN
gave it a 0 star review, saying "Hottie and the Nottie
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
. Film critic Scott Feinberg reported that a colleague muttered, "Shoot me in the fucking face", during a Boston press screening of the film. Online film critic James Berardinelli
described the film's comedy as "about as funny as the anal rape scene in The War Zone
". In his review, Richard Roeper said, "It is excruciatingly, painfully, horribly, terribly awful," and that "nobody in this movie really should have a career in movies."
As of September 2008, the film is ranked #15 in the IMDb Bottom 100 with a rating of 1.6 out of 10.
Box office performance
The film was a major box office disaster. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $27,696 in 111 theaters in the United States
, averaging $249 per theater. The Houston Chronicle
determined that, based on average ticket prices, this represented an average of 28 people seeing the movie per theatre on its opening weekend, or an average of 4 per showing. In other words, the movie "bombed," costing the production company responsible over $8,000,000. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie has grossed $1,469,293 worldwide as of June 17
For its release in the United Kingdom, the film is being advertised as "The Number One Film", with small print revealing its being number 1 on the IMDb Bottom 100. The film opened at 32 just missing the top 30, the film grossed $34,231 in 28 theaters in the United Kingdom.
The Hottie and the Nottie was released on DVD on May 6th 2008. Bonus features include Production Commentary, Actor's Commentary, Featurette - Making a Video Dating Personal Ad, and Featurette - Paris puts make-up on Joel David Moore.