Note: My buddy Molly wrote this review because I was unable to attend the screening for the movie.
Note: My buddy Molly wrote this review because I was unable to attend the screening for the movie. Thanks, Molly!
I understand what I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry was getting at. I understand that the movie uses things like stereotypes and homophobic language for the purpose of pointing out that this sort of behavior is bad, but it just doesn’t work. The movie can't decide whether it wants to play up these caricatures for laughs or legitimately try to have a message. In the end, it succeeds at neither.
The premise of the movie is simple (just suspend logic): Chuck and Larry are NYC firefighters. Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) is the ladies man while Larry (Kevin James) is the devoted father with the deceased wife. Not wanting to deal with his wife's passing, Larry avoids filling out his pension paperwork for too long, thereby missing the window during which he can make his kids, rather than his wife, his next of kin. Obviously, to get around the system, he decides to “marry” Chuck so that if something happened to Larry, Chuck would be the one in charge of making sure the money got to the kids. At no point does it occur to Larry that he and Chuck are literally side-by-side in all the fires, so if something horrible happened to one there's a good chance it would affect both. Just saying.
Chuck and Larry have no intention of ever living together or pretending to be a couple more than on paper, but when city officials become suspicious about their set up, they have to put on a show — very much against their will. Jessica Biel is Alex McDonough, the lawyer Chuck and Larry hire to help them make sure they prove to the officials that they are a legitimate gay couple. Naturally Adam Sandler falls in love with her, complicating things. But you can gather all that from the preview. To hear what I thought about the film just read more