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 is brilliant. Of course the whole group when to theaters to see this and was at my house the night it was released. This is not a classic movie but it is a fun one with some great characters and James is great in this.
The film follows Chuck [Sandler] and Larry [James] who are two firefighters in New York who are very much the opposite of each other. Chuck is a womanizer and Larry is still grieving over his wife and rearing two kids. It turns out that Larry can't switch is pension over to his kids so he has only one option, marry Chuck. He learns that when you marry again you can switch it to them, enter his idea for Chuck. Of course Chuck is not down with it at first but gives in for his friend and they form a domestic partnership. Of course when word gets out the city and their fellow firefighters are not happy with this, except Ving Rhames of course. Add in a beautiful woman named Jessica Biel and you have the makings for a good movie.
Director Dennis Dugan does a good job and shows why he is a vet at Happy Madison films, he keeps things moving nicely and nothing seems overly done. The writers of this film did a good job although it just doesn't work all the time. Still the performers keep things going nicely such as the great Kevin James. Once again he is cast in the every man role and plays a single father very well. Adam Sandler actually makes sense in this role, don't get me wrong I like him in everything but sometimes he over does it. Jessica Biel is as lovely as ever and turns in a great performance as does the legendary Dan Aykroyd. One of the greatest actors ever Steve Buscemi is very funny as the guy trying to prove them wrong and Ving Rhames gets close to stealing the show. Nich Turturro, Allen Covert, Gary Valentine and such all turn in great performances, and Dave Matthews steals the scene he is in away from Sandler. Rob Schneider is very funny as the preacher in Canada here and David Spade is great as well.
This will not win any Academy Awards but it is a good enough comedy to keep you entertained, and it is not an anti gay film like some seem to think. Sandler and company made sure to not try to offend any one. With that said this is a fun flick that I think most would enjoy, a rental for some a purchase for others. The thing about this flick is some may find it very upsetting [still don't know why] while others may think it is fine, I think the humor and style of the film is ok. Of course the reason to see this is because of Kevin James easily but every one especially Steve Buscemi and Ving Rhames turn in great performances.
All in all this is a fun movie with some off the wall moments and some good laughs. I recommend a rental first to see how you like it and then go from there. Me, I loved and own the DVD and T shirt combo. Kevin James once again does his thing and turns in another great performance.
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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