Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast : Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel,
Dan Aykroyd, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames
1 hr 55 mins
Released By: UIP
(Some Homosexual Content)
Official Website: www.chuckandlarry.com
Opening Day: 20 September 2007
Levine and Larry Valentine are the pride of their Philly fire
station: two guy's guys always side-by-side and willing to
do anything for each other. Salt-of-the-earth widower Larry
wants just one thing: to protect his family. His buddy Chuck
also wants one thing: one hot woman after another. Grateful
Chuck owes Larry for saving his life in a fire, and Larry
calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents
him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries.
All that Chuck has to do is claim to be Larry's domestic partner
on some city forms. Easy. Nobody will ever know. But when
an overzealous, spot-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious,
the new couple's arrangement becomes a citywide issue and
goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise
as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry now fumble through
a hilarious charade of domestic bliss under one roof.
Kudos to our censors. Our very own Singaporean version of
this comedy has been chopped for a whopping 25 minutes. Frankly,
no one will bat an eyelid. It is a crass and lowbrow Adam
Sandler movie after all. But it is the principal that counts.
Why not ban the movie altogether, since it has a pro-gay rights
message in it? One wonders if it is because of the portrayal
of homosexuals as dolled up, loud, frenzied, musical loving,
limp-wristed shopping obsessed freaks. Oh, and don’t
forget the Asians.
One does not come to an Adam Sandler movie looking for good
direction, writing and witty repartee. Here, we find the usual
crude and basal sophomoric jokes. Then, there are the stereotypes.
Sometimes, we need to be able to laugh at stereotypes, to
be look and laugh at ourselves. But when the comic timing
and delivery is deplorable as is the acting, direction and
jokes, the audience tries hard to figure out the whole point
of the movie. Perhaps most insulting is Rob Schneider’s
(not credited) portrayal of the Japanese wedding chapel owner.
Society certainly must have taken a regressive step back to
have Asians still seen in this light. It’s just not
The pro-gay rights message is appreciated. Perhaps this is
a more accessible way to educate less discerning moviegoers
and homophobic heterosexuals about acceptance and tolerance
etc. We need to take steps to progress wherever we can find
it, no matter how small. But, the comedy makes a mockery of
the very people it purports to ‘help’. In this
film, all homosexuals are reduced to its lowest common denominators.
They are also portrayed as hapless victims, unable to fend
off or fight back bigots and other bullies, needing straight
people to protect and fight their battles for them. Worse,
in the closing act, the deceitful duo are dubbed heroes by
the community! Somehow the message is lost or at the very
least watered down. The fire chief’s (Dan Aykroyd in
one of his career lows) less than inspiring speech does nothing
to help in the resolution.
Can one really believe a flambouyant playboy/love machine
such as Sandler? Sandler is a bad actor in any sense. He is
not funny and possesses no screen charisma of any kind. Yet,
the masses flock to see him on the big screen. Kevin James
on the other hand, is probably one of the few saving graces
of this nonsensical flick. He is everything Sandler is not,
is altogether more believable as chubby Larry Valentine and
clearly steals the show. Jessica Biel is no more than a glorified
piece of meat as she is paraded in sexy undergarments meant
to calm down the male heterosexuals who may have been overwhelmed
by the comedy’s ‘gayness’.
Movies such as these are timely, especially in times like
these, where hatred and intolerance are perhaps at an all
time high. But surely, with an over the top budget, it could
have been executed better.
with a good message but ultimately rubbish and clichéd.
Assured of box-office success.)
by Darren Sim