I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY (D: Dennis Dugan, 140 min) Rating: NNN
updated July 20th, 1:00 pm
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY wants desperately to be thisdecade's Tootsie, replacing feminists with gays. It's not in the sameleague, but it's also not as dumb as you might think. Adam Sandlerand Kevin James play het-to-the-max Brooklyn firefighters and bestfriends who get married so widower James's kids will get his lifeinsurance benefits. The faux 'mos run into trouble, of course, whenthey try to prove they're a romantic couple and their lawyer turnsout to be Jessica Biel who, like most lawyers, walks around in skimpyclothes and lets Sandler feel her boobs. Too many writers contributedto the script, resulting in an overly long but not unfunny film. It'sbrilliant to give James a son who seems femmier than Ugly Betty'sJustin, and the dropped-soap-in-the-shower gag almost makes up forthe repeated insult of seeing an uncredited Rob Schneider as a gayAsian wedding chapel minister.
- G. Sumi
- Dir. By Dennis Dugan, runs 140 min.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James as beer-guzzling, sports-loving über-het firefighters who pretend to be gay to collect domestic partner benefits. Hottie Jessica Biel makes it hard for them to keep a queer face. Who'll get more pissed off by the premise - the anti-gay religious right, the anti-stereotype queer-positive community or fans of good comedy?
There's a chance this could be smart and funny and not dumb and insulting. Sideways writer/director Alexander Payne wrote the original script before Sandler "tweaked" it.
Opens Friday (July 20). Screened after press time - see review July 20.