I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
In their latest comedy, Sandler and James play two straight guys who stumble down the aisle with the best of intentions in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The pride of their Brooklyn fire station, Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are two guys’ guys — always side-by-side and willing to do anything for each other. Salt-of-the-earth widower Larry wants just one thing: to protect his family. His buddy Chuck also wants one thing: to enjoy the single life.
Grateful Chuck owes Larry for saving his life on the job, and Larry calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries. All that Chuck has to do is claim to be Larry’s domestic partner on some city forms. Easy. Nobody will ever know.
But when an overzealous, spot-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new couple’s arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a hilarious charade of domestic bliss under one roof. And after surviving their mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure, the well-intentioned con men discover that sticking together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.
This movie has something in it to offend just about everybody. I really went into it hoping to enjoy the inside jokes about the farce Larry and Chuck were attempting to pull off. But it has strong language, nudity, sexual innuendos throughout, deceit as a continuing theme of the plot, a comment about Mel Gibson, a woman who is nude from the waist up who is groped on screen, etc. I thought the plot might deliver several funny moments. I was wrong. It delivered very few.
Another thing that bothered me about the film is that it preached tolerance yet when an over-zealous minister protests outside a gay club, he is punched out by Sandler’s character. We thought tolerance was a two-way street. Whatever a person’s beliefs, this film includes enough insults to wake Rodney Dangerfield from the dead. It has strong insults against gays, straights, you name it. Rest assured this film has an agenda but as a comedy, it falls flat. We cannot approve this one as a family-friendly film.