Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

Cinema Sweetheart's Rating: 5 out of 10
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Jessica Biel
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance/Bromance
Runtime: 115 minutes

When Larry Valentine (James) finds himself in financial straights, he turns to his best friend and fellow fire fighter Chuck Levine (Sandler)--who owes him a favor for saving his life--to help get him get financial benefits by pretending to be his gay partner.  However, things get messy when the city auditor decides to look into their case, believing them to be just what they are: two straight men trying to pose as a homosexual couple to cheat the system.  Things go from bad to worse, and, to avoid jail time, they have to put on the act of their lives.  Just one glaring issue: when the couple is assigned a lawyer to represent them should their case go to court, they are set up with the smexy Alex McDonough (Biel), and ladies' man Chuck falls head-over-heels for her.

The premise of this film certainly sounds intriguing; two straight guys pretending to be gay while trying not to get caught.  Sadly, even the best premise can fall through if its drawn out too thin, and this movie was no different.  I started off loving it, but after a while, it became kinda tedious.  Sandler and James really made the movie, though, and I doubt that other actors could have made this quite as funny.  Jessica Biel was decent, but I found her character to be a bit annoying, which bothered me.  I think what bothered me most was her relationship with Chuck.  While most girls fantasise about having a gay guy friend to go shopping with, I seriously don't think too many of them allow their gay friends to "feel up" their breasts, thinking it's kosher because they're gay.

The best part of the film had to be the wedding scene, where the crazy homeless man goes off listing his conspiracy theories.

I guess this was a bit of a harsh criticism.  All in all, it was a decently funny movie.  Good for a laugh or two, and probably something that is appreciated more by guys than by girls, as my brother rated this film a 7.  There are some redeeming scenes, and parts that are really, really funny.  So, I guess the best thing I can tell you with this one is....Use your own judgement.  If this sounds like a movie you'd be interested in, check it out.  If not, its not worth worrying about.

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