The Hottie and the Nottie

The Hottie and The Nottie (stylized as The Hottie & The Nottie) is a 2008 American romantic comedy film starring Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore, and Christine Lakin. Written by Heidi Ferrer and directed by Tom Putnam, the film began shooting in January 2007 and was released theatrically on February 8, 2008.

The Hottie and the Nottie
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Putnam
Written byHeidi Ferrer
Produced byMyles Nestel
Victoria Nevinny
Neal Ramer
Hadeel Reda
StarringParis Hilton
Joel David Moore
Christine Lakin
CinematographyAlex Vendler
Edited byJeff Malmberg
Music byDavid E. Russo
Distributed byRegent Releasing
Release date
  • February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Running time
91 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$9 million
Box office$27,696 (Domestic) [2] $1,596,232 (World) [3]

The film was a critical failure and box office bomb, and has been called one of the worst films of all time. Paris Hilton won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress, which was one of three "Razzies" she received at the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards.


Nate Cooper is unable to get it together with women. But he also cannot forget his first love: the beautiful Cristabel Abbott, from their time in elementary school. Nate sets out for the beaches of California and meets up with his geeky best friend Arno, whose mother 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 short, unattractive brunette girl whom Nate also knew in elementary school, June Phigg.

Nate reintroduces himself to Cristabel and they 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 men recoil at the sight of her. One day at the Santa Monica Pier, Johann Wulrich, an attractive dentist who works as a part-time model, appears in their lives. He seems to want to do a makeover on June when he apparently sees her inner beauty. However, Nate believes that Johann is a threat to his shot for Cristabel, since Johann is almost perfect. Eventually, with June dating Johann, Cristabel finally begins dating Nate, per his original plan.

Over the next few weeks, as Nate and June become friends and she emerges from her cocoon, with her face and appearance transforming into that of an attractive woman whose beauty begins to compare with Cristabel, Nate slowly realizes that June may be the girl of his dreams. Nate tells this to Cristabel, who is happy for June. Nate then tries to find June, and finds her, telling her how he feels.



Box officeEdit

Opening on February 8, 2008, The Hottie and the Nottie grossed $9,000 on opening day,[4] and it went on to earn $27,696 on its opening weekend, each theater averaging $249.[5] The Houston Chronicle determined that, based on average ticket prices, this represented an average of 35 people per theatre on its opening weekend, or an average of five per showing.[6] In the end, the film grossed $1,596,232 worldwide,[7] making the film a gigantic financial disaster.

For its release in the United Kingdom, the film was advertised as "The Number One Film", with small print revealing its being number 1 on the Internet Movie Database's Bottom 100. The film opened at number 32 and grossed $34,231 in 28 theaters in the UK.

Critical responseEdit

The film received near-universally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 5% based on reviews from 66 critics. The site's consensus states: "The Hottie and the Nottie is a crass, predictable, and ineptly staged gross-out comedy that serves little purpose beyond existing as another monument to Paris Hilton's vanity."[8] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 7 out of 100, based on 18 reviews—indicating "overwhelming dislike".[9]

IGN gave it a zero-star review, noting that the film "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."[10] Nathan Lee of The Village Voice called it "crass, shrill, disingenuous, tawdry, mean-spirited, vulgar, idiotic, boring, slapdash, half-assed, and very, very unfunny."[11] Online film critic James Berardinelli described the film's comedy as "about as funny as the anal rape scene in The War Zone".[12] Richard Roeper called the film "excruciatingly, painfully, horribly, terribly awful," and argued that "nobody in this movie really should have a career in movies".[citation needed] BBC reviewer Mark Kermode called it "a fascist eugenic's disgusting".[citation needed] Connie Ogle in the Miami Herald described The Hottie and the Nottie thus: "Imagine the worst movie you've ever seen. Got it? Now try to think of something worse. That something is this movie – wretched, embarrassing and a waste of the time and energy of everyone involved."[8] The British newspaper The People, reviewing The Hottie and the Nottie, called the film "the worst movie ever made".[13]

John Anderson of Newsday, while panning the film, was one of a handful of critics to see merit in it. He gave the film two out of four stars and concluded that "The Hottie and the Nottie is no worse in many ways than a lot of teen-centric comedies, which generally appeal to their audience through cruelty and vulgarity."[citation needed]

The film featured on several worst of 2008 lists, including that of The Times,[14] New York Post,[15] The Star-Ledger,[16] The Tart,[17] and Metromix.[18] In 2018 British critic Mark Kermode included the film on his list of the ten worst films of the past ten years.[19]


Award Category Nominee Result
Razzie Award Worst Actress Paris Hilton Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
Joel David Moore Won
Christine Lakin Won
Worst Screenplay Heidi Ferrer Won
Worst Picture Hadeel Reda Won
Neal Ramer Won
Myles Nestel Won
Victoria Nevinny Won
Worst Director Tom Putnam Nominated

Home mediaEdit

The Hottie and the Nottie was released on DVD on May 6, 2008. The DVD includes a production commentary, an actors' commentary, and two featurettes.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. January 16, 2008. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)". Box Office Mojo. February 10, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Paris Hilton's Film: Not So 'Hottie'", People Magazine, February 9, 2008
  5. ^ "The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
  6. ^ The Houston Chronicle, p. E1, February 11, 2008
  8. ^ a b "The Hottie & the Nottie". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008)". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  10. ^ "Hottie and the Nottie, The (2008): Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 8, 2008.
  11. ^ Nathan Lee (January 29, 2008). "Village Voice Review". Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "James Berardinelli review". May 13, 2007. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "The Hottie and the Nottie Review". The People. London, England. March 23, 2008. Disaster Of Paris; Bimbo is worst actress ever
  14. ^ "The 100 Worst Movies of 2008". The Times. London. October 23, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  15. ^ "Today's Ten: Worst Movies Of 2008". New York Post. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  16. ^ Whitty, Stephen (December 27, 2007). "Worst films Of 2008: 10 films to forget". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  17. ^ Morgan, James (January 2, 2009). "The Worst Movies of 2008 - Part 5". The Tart. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  18. ^ Pais, Matt (December 11, 2007). "Worst movies of 2008". Metromix. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
  19. ^ Mark Kermode. **The FINAL Kermode Uncut: The Ten Worst Films Of The Last Ten Years - Part Two**. BBC – via YouTube.

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