This, even though the role of Cristabel, the privileged L.A. woman-child gracious even to her stalkers and lust object to the film's central character, Nate (Joel David Moore), fits Hilton like a white Lycra dress. All she is required to do is slink and smile, skills in which she could conduct a master class.
In order to win a date with Beauty, Nate has to find a guy for her friend and gatekeeper, June, the Beast, likened to a flame-breathing dragon guarding the princess. June doesn't just have thinning hair, she is balding. She doesn't just have acne, but festering boils all over face and body. Her teeth are not merely tobacco-colored, but cratered and cavitied. In this lame attempt to make a Farrelly Brothers gross-out comedy, June is the dung heap that makes Cristabel look even more like a pearl.
In Cristabel's devotion to June, the screenplay intends to present Hilton's character as the soul of sweetness and decency. But because it makes Cristabel look like a pet owner who wants points for adopting the ugliest mutt from the shelter, the intention backfires.
Hard to believe in Cristabel's sweetness and decency when the only line of dialogue Hilton delivers with any degree of animation is her retort to a preening guy hitting on her at a club: "Pay the bar tab, bitch!"
Contact movie critic Carrie Rickey at 215-854-5402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.