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To call it a romantic comedy would be far too generous. The two leads spend so little time on-screen together that it's difficult to invest any real interest in their relationship. As for the comedy, it'll appeal only to viewers who thoroughly enjoy over-the-top physical comedy and repulsive scatological jokes. Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher) is a researcher at a Chicago publishing firm who dreams of a position in the creative field, and pitches one book idea after another to the demanding head of the company, Jack Taylor (Terence Stamp). Tom also fantasizes about dating his dream girl, Lisa (Tara Reid), a perky blonde who just happens to be the daughter of his intimidating boss. One lucky day he gains the attention of both father and daughter, and while neither meeting goes the way he hoped, Tom does find himself at the Taylor mansion babysitting Jack's pet owl, while Lisa goes to a party with her boyfriend, Hans (Kenan Thompson). Accident-prone Tom's attempts at impressing both Taylors go horribly awry when Jack's drug-dealing son, Red (Andy Richter), and his recently fired secretary, Audrey (Molly Shannon), arrive on the doorstep and wreak havoc. Oblivious to the chaos that is taking place in her house, Lisa returns home in a huff after learning that Hans has been cheating on her. She seeks solace in the arms of Tom, who she assumes is gay. Tom tries to assure her that he's not, while dealing with a thug (Michael Madsen) who's roaming the mansion grounds, looking for Red, and trying to find his boss's owl, who has literally flown the coop. Throughout the film, the good-natured Tom is subjected to every form of torment, from verbal abuse to being urinated upon, and while Kutcher certainly makes an eager effort, it's not enough to redeem this awful film. Ridiculous subplots, ranging from Evander Holyfield's ear, the Kennedy assassination and a wandering girl with a bloody head injury, to a blind quadriplegic man and Carmen Electra's breasts, only serve to further the confusion and stupidity of an already outrageous and often disgusting film.