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Dwayne Johnson makes his film debut in “The Mummy Returns” (2001). He yells a few times and then leaves, only to return as an early CGI attempt at a man-scorpion that looks more like a Rockaroach (See what I did there?). That’s how history is going to remember this workmanlike sequel to star Brandan Fraser’s 1999 attempt to exhume Indiana Jones. Not bad as far as summer popcorn movies go. The treasure-hunter story picks back up rather seamlessly and there’s a decent mix of new characters to go with returnees to keep things relatively interesting. It’s just not as fun.

Adam Sandler is nothing if not loyal. You can tell by the group of pals who appear in all his films. So when his Happy Madison Productions launched in 1999, it was fitting that its first film, “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” starred buddy Rob Schneider. Either that, or Sandler took one look at Rob’s script and said, “I’m not doing it. You do it.” Anyway, Schneider’s a lowly aquarium technician who gets in a financial bind and resorts to man-whoring. Hijinks ensue. Typical of Sandler-style comedy, the intended big laughs are all cringeworthy while the small asides are hilariously witty.