However, what most people don’t know or don’t want to remember is that Hilton starred in a romantic comedy that bombed. The movie was so bad that it got a 6% rating on the aggregate movie score meter Rotten Tomatoes.
Paris Hilton starred in ‘The Simple Life’
The early 2000s brought good movies, heightened the popularity of reality shows, and brought on the fashion craze. It was also when heiress Paris Hilton and her best friend Nicole Richie showcased their acting skills in the reality show The Simple Life.
The show followed the two wealthy besties as they tried navigating the real world without the luxuries they’re used to. When the show began, Richie and Hilton had to surrender their credit cards, luxurious clothes, and fine dining to live what the showrunners termed a “simple life.”
The two besties did everything from trying to live at a farm to fishing for crayfish. The show debuted in 2003 and was an instant hit among its audiences. Throughout the show, viewers got to see Hilton and Richie, who were members of the New York high society, try to live like ordinary people.
Although the show got canceled after its fifth season, it popularized the concept of reality shows and paved the way for shows such as Keeping Up with The Kardashians and Real Housewives.
Hilton starred in ‘The Hottie and the Nottie’
After The Simple Life, Hilton continued to venture into other areas of entertainment. Shortly after the hit reality series cancellation, Hilton landed a role in the romantic comedy The Hottie and the Nottie. The movie revolved around antagonist Nate Cooper, who doesn’t seem to have any luck with women.
He has also never gotten over his first crush, the insanely gorgeous Cristabel Abbott. Nate then goes to California and teams up with his nerdy best friend Arno, who has an unusual relationship with his mother. Arno’s mother also knows an unhealthy amount of information about Cristabel.
The two best friends realize that Cristabel jogs on the beach every day. She catches many men’s attention but is still single because her best friend, June Phigg, is always in tow. Nate reminds Cristabel who he is, and the two hit it off. However, she declines to go out with him on account that June doesn’t have a date.
Nate makes it his mission to find Cristabel a suitor, but no one wants to date her because of her appearance. One day, an attractive dentist called Johann Wulrich sees June and wants to give her a makeover. Nate at first feels threatened by Johann since he is the picture of perfection.
As June starts emerging from her cocoon, she and Nate become close. He then begins to realize that his happiness lies with June and not Cristabel. He tells Cristabel, and she is happy for her friend. Nate finds June and confesses his feelings for her.
The movie was a total bomb
The Hottie and the Nottie wasn’t received well. Critics gave the film a zero-star review, with many noting that “it presents a problem that can’t be adequately expressed.” Most critics felt that the show was sexist and perpetuated the idea that every beautiful girl has an ugly best friend.
The movie’s jokes were also not well thought out, and most people found them too gross. A good example is a scene where toenails covered with fungus fall into people’s mouths. Most critics also said that Hilton “had guts” to appear in yet another flop after House of Wax.
The movie review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 6% score. Generally, The Hottie and the Nottie was a major disaster at the box office and managed to average a mere $1, 596, 232 worldwide against its $9 million budget.