Crude, lewd and great fun
September 27, 2007
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Starring - Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi & Dan Aykroyd.
Adam Sandler comedies are an acquired taste and his latest vehicle, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, is no different, although it is given broader appeal with the casting of the immensely likeable Kevin James of US sitcom King of Queens.
Larry Valentine (James) is a widowed New York firefighter who, due to a legal loophole, is prevented from naming his two children as his pension beneficiaries.
After a work-related accident from which he is lucky to escape alive, he asks co-worker and best friend Chuck (Sandler) to pretend to be his ‘domestic partner’ to ensure his children’s financial futures are safeguarded. Reluctantly, Chuck agrees and the pair must pretend to be in a gay relationship.
When an official becomes suspicious, the ruse escalates leading to Chuck moving into Larry’s home following their Canadian wedding. As their hearing approaches, the scam threatens to fall apart amid scrutiny from the City, their sceptical boss and Chuck’s growing closeness to lawyer Alex (Jessica Biel). A courtroom showdown must surely ensue...
With its sometimes coarse humour and potential to offend, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and it is fair to say that this movie begins heinously badly. Its opening scenes are flat, unfunny, poorly written and lacking in direction but thankfully it picks up and as soon as it does it becomes one, long riotously funny politically incorrect joke.
The humour can be rather puerile but put yourself in the right frame of mind and you’ll find yourself loving it, despite the reported potential for offence. Homosexuality, women and even race are targeted by the comedy but also in the firing line are heterosexuality, men and homophobia, with the biggest casualty the bigoted white male.
The amiable James makes any crudeness more palatable and any potential offence is offset by the fact that it’s so refreshing to see political correctness ignored, making for an infinitely funnier comedy.
You will barely recognise American funnyman Rob Schneider in what is his funniest role to date and Ving Rhames is equally hilarious as he grasps the opportunity to send up his hardman image with the campest of performances.
While Biel is a sight for male eyes, with her fine female form exploited at every opportunity, it is also good to see Dan Aykroyd being funny for the first time in ages.
If you’re a fan of this particular brand of low-brow comedy, you should definitely make a beeline to check out Chuck and Larry.