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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

A movie directed by Dennis Dugan

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Love will keep us together

  • Nov 16, 2008
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This absolutely hilarious comedy hit all the right notes with me. The soundtrack in particular would be any wedding singer's dream request line-up, and the actors are pitch perfect, obviously having had a lot of fun making the movie.

In brief, Larry (Kevin James) is a widower with two kids (both of whom will remind you of Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine) who tries to short circuit the process of getting his insurance policy changed. Larry is a firefighter, and is partnered with his best friend Chuck (Adam Sandler), a calendar model and womanizer, who definitely knows how to keep a crowd warm and happy.

One day on the job, Larry saves Chuck's life, and payback, as they say, is a beyotch.

To cut a long and very funny story short, Mr. and Mr. Larry Valentine have to prove that their domestic partnership is the real deal, leading to rib-tickling situations involving their lawyer (Jessica Biel), their boss (Dan Aykroyd), the fraud inspector (Steve Buscemi), and their firefighting buddies including Ving Rhames as you've never seen him before (and may never want to see him again). Rob Schneider and David Spade make cameo appearances, as do Nick Swardson, Mary Pat Gleason and Richard Chamberlain as the thorny Councilman Banks. Keeping the music n'sync is Lance Bass, who plays a band leader.

A few of scenes go on a little too long, but the laughs just keep coming, and the thing that pulls the whole movie together is the bond of friendship between the two leads, as well as the love of their family and friends.

As The Captain & Tennille once sang:

"I will, I will, I will, I will
Be there to share forever
Love will keep us together
Said it before and I'll say it again while others pretend
I'll need you now and I'll need you then
Stop 'cause I really love Ya
Stop I'll be thinking of Ya
Look in my heart and let love keep us together"

Rated: 4.5 stars




Amanda Richards

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review by . July 22, 2010
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      I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY      I am a huge Kevin James fan and when I found out about this movie I was extremely excited, come on Adam Sandler is in it to. A lot people don't seem to like the Happy Madison films for one reason or another but I have enjoyed all of them, especially any one with Kevin James and Steve Buscemi. Those two right there are two of my favorite actors of all time, Buscemi is absolutely an amazing actor and James …
review by . September 09, 2009
   This movie falls far short of Sandler's recent film Click in both comedy and overall story. Some parts were actually so ridiculous that I felt myself cringing. Several of the actors seem miscast (Steve Busemi as an attorney attacking Sandler and James as being insurance frauds and Dan Ackroyd as the Fire Captain). Rob Schneider looked ridiculous as a minister marrying them.       Sandler's relationship with Jennifer Biels fall far short of Matthew Perry's relationship …
review by . January 30, 2008
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review by . December 09, 2007
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It's crude and sometimes awkward, but there's a gleefully subversive movie lurking insideI Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry. By virtue of a tooth-grinding contrivance, two manly Manhattan firefighters, Adam Sandler and Kevin James, must move in together and pretend to be gay; after seeing life from the other side, they learn something about tolerance. Sandler is the obnoxious, aggressively offensive womanizer, while James plays a widowed dad worried about his effeminate son. Nothing is too surprising about the way this works out, except for the film's unabashedly gay-rights fervor. It's one thing for a sensitive art-house movie to preach to the choir, and quite another for Sandler to speak to his multiplex audience on how uncool it is to use a homophobic slur. Ham-handedly directed and almost proudly sloppy,Chuck & Larrywins points for remaining defiantly rude; a nicer movie wouldn't have been as effective. There's a hilarious supporting performance by Ving Rhames, and Jessica Biel brings her Kim Novak-style glamour to a truly unbelievable character. Rob Schneider and Richard Chamberlain (two names not generally brought together) are amusing in small roles.--Robert Horton
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Director: Dennis Dugan
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 20, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Alexander Payne
Runtime: 1hr 55min
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