Release Date: July 20th, 2007 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Dan Aykroyd, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Nicholas Turturro, Allen Covert, Rachel Dratch.
Directed by Dennis Dugan.
BASIC PREMISE: Straight buddies Chuck (Sandler) and Larry (James) pretend to be gay in order to be eligible for domestic partner benefits.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has a very funny scenes, but, for the most part, the comedy falls flat on its face. Adam Sandler and Kevin James play Chuck and Larry, two firemen and good friends who survive an accident in the opening scenes. During the first ten minutes, though, there’s not a single bit of real humor to be found—and, no, a fart joke does not count as humor. Soon enough, Larry convinces Chuck that they should pretend to be gay to enjoy domestic partner benefits. Jessica Biel plays their sexy attorney who reminds that that fraudulent applications will result in jailtime. Of course, Chuck and the attorney flirt with one another while the attorney doesn’t even suspect that he’s really straight. Meanwhile, a fraud investigator (Buscemi) looks through Chuck and Larry’s garbage for any evidence that they’re not gay. This premise could have been funny with a better script, but, unfortunately, co-screenwriters Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor resort to excessive stereotypes, juvenile humor (what’s new?), and recycled humor. Just as expected, Rob Schneider makes a silly cameo. The real scene-stealer here, though, is Ving Rhames, a muscular fireman who comes out of the closet in a very funny scene. He doesn’t save the plot from becoming painfully dull, contrived and underwhelming
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: I now pronounce this movie to be unfunny, juvenile, painfully dull and contrived.
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