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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (also simply known as Chuck & Larry) is a 2007 American buddy comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James as the title characters Chuck and Larry, respectively, two New York City firefighters who pretend to be a gay couple in order to ensure one of their children can receive healthcare; however, things go from bad to worse when an agent decides to verify their story. The film was released in the United States on July 20, 2007, and was Sandler's first role in a Universal Pictures film since Bulletproof in 1996. It grossed $187.1 million against an $85 million budget. The movie's basic theme was later adapted in India as Dostana.
Parents need to know that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a 2007 comedy. The premise is that Larry (Kevin James) needs his best friend and fellow NYPD fireman Chuck (Adam Sandler) to be his "domestic partner" so that Larry can name his kids as the beneficiaries of his life insurance policy after the untimely passing of Larry's wife. While arguably a mid-2000s attempt at addressing homophobia, any "wokeness" is overwhelmed by a movie that mines so much humor out of gay stereotypes. Besides jokes mined out of these gay stereotypes (for instance, Larry's son is strongly suspected of being gay because he prefers musicals and tap dancing to baseball, because apparently homosexuals don't play sports), there's also humor rooted in fat-shaming, as well as a particularly excruciating Asian stereotype, where a white man (Rob Schneider) is made to look "Asian" as he speaks in the stereotyped voice of an Asian man trying to speak English. Most of the women are presented as little more than sex objects. Sandler plays a womanizing, "hot" fireman who can apparently bed five women at once. Strong language throughout ("ass," "a--hole," "s--t," "bitch," "whore," "dick," "fatboy") as well as gay slurs ("f-ggot"). Even if tweens and younger teens are Sandler fans, they may be too young to separate the juvenile jokes from an underlying do-good message that gets overwhelmed by said juvenile jokes. (Source: moviesanywhere.com
An Adam Sandler comedy with serious moments and tackling serious issues...who saw that coming? I say that this is a film that ought to be judged precisely for what it is. It's not extraordinary and it's not preachy...it's simply a film that sends a message in a way that works for it. Well, message recieved. While this film is a comedy (come on, it's Adam Sandler), it's jokes are funny and do not really stray into the relm of being offensive. And, if it does so, it does so because it's supposed to and it is then handled with the proper respect and attitude. For me, Kevin James is the star of the film, but that could be largely because he stays pretty grounded in comparison to Mr. Sandler's antics, even if those antics remain pretty tame in comparison to some of the man's other works. I wasn't particularly impressed by Jessica Biel's performance, even if there seemed to be some genuine passion behind her character's actions. Overall, I think this film worked because individuals involved in the campaign for gay rights took part in this movie...it just give it this stronger sense of credibility, which is impressive as it's an Adam Sandler comedy. I'd reccomend it to anyone looking for some good laughs and/or an important message. Enjoy.
Adam Sandler and Kevin James star as best friends and fellow firefighters Chuck and Larry, the pride of their Brooklyn fire station. Chuck owes Larry for saving his life. Larry calls in that favor big-time by asking Chuck to pose as his "domestic partner" so his kids will get his pension. But when a fact-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the two straight guys are forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds. Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames and Dan Aykroyd co-star in this hilarious comedy. (Source: moviesanywhere.com)