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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
5 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Adam Sandler as Charles 'Chuck' Levine
Kevin James as Lawrence 'Larry' Valentine
Jessica Biel as Alex McDonough
Dan Aykroyd as Captain Phineas J. Tucker
Ving Rhames as Fred G. Duncan
Steve Buscemi as Clinton Fitzer
Nicholas Turturro as Renaldo Pinera
Allen Covert as Steve
Rachel Dratch as Benefits Supervisor
Richard Chamberlain as Councilman Banks
Nick Swardson as Kevin McDonough
Blake Clark as Crazy Homeless Man
Mary Pat Gleason as Teresa
Matt Winston as Glen Aldrich
Lance Bass as Band Leader

Special Features:
Outrageous Deleted Scenes!
Laughing Is Contagious: Hysterical outtakes and funny moments with the cast!
I Now Pronounce You Husband and... Husband?: Go behind the scenes with the cast as they reveal their favorite moments from the film.
Look Who Stopped By: Adam and Kevin reflect on the hilarious actors who did cameos.
Stop, Drop, and Roll: Join the stars of the film as they explain how the dangerous stunts were performed!
And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Adam Sandler and Kevin James star as best friends and fellow firefighters Chuck and Larry, the pride of their Brooklyn fire station. Chuck owes Larry for saving his life. Larry calls in that favor big-time by asking Chuck to pose as his "domestic partner" so his kids will get his pension. But when a fact-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the two straight guys are forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds. Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames and Dan Aykroyd co-star in this hilarious comedy."

"I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" is rated PG-13 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references.

Mini-Review:
I wanted to enjoy "Chuck and Larry". I love the cast, I've enjoyed Sandler's other movies, and the premise sounded amusing. But after watching it I have to say I was disappointed. This film is pretty much 2 hours of gay jokes with very little else to offer. Yes, some of the jokes were pretty funny like James' character trying to get his son to be manlier or a scene where Ving Rhames character reveals the real reason why he left his old job. But the vast majority of the film is nothing more than jokes featuring heterosexuals awkwardly pretending they're homosexual. While that's good for a chuckle here and there, you start asking, "What else have you got?" pretty quickly.

I also have to wonder what they were thinking dressing up Rob Schneider as an Asian minister. He acted with thick glasses, a bowl haircut, and a bad accent. All he was missing were buck teeth to complete the stereotype. This was the equivalent of him dressing up in black face. I have a feeling if he had been pretending to be black, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been calling for his head on a pike next to the Hollywood sign. Somehow they got away with it here.

I'd only recommend "Chuck and Larry" to the most die-hard Adam Sandler and Kevin James fans. Fans of Jessica Biel should also enjoy seeing her in a comedic role, especially while wearing a Catwoman outfit.

The bonus features are fairly standard. You'll find a few deleted scenes, outtakes, a 'making of' featurette, and a video on all the cameos from the movie.

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