Poffy The Cucumber

Totally not gay.

INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry_captionChuck (Adam Sandler) and Larry (Kevin James) are two straight firemen who pretend to be gay married partners for the sake of insurance benefits for Larry’s kids, that would otherwise be lost due to Larry being a widower.

Roundabout way of arriving at a stupid premise, brought about by a law so stupid, you just want to congress-bash the congresspeople who gay-bash gays through their bureaucratic poison pens.

However – stupid premise arrived at – I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY makes the best of it, and though at first the movie seems like a caricature of how straight guys perceive gay guys (thereby wantonly verbally gay-bashing), it settles into quite a watchable comedy, with the inevitable tolerance messages delivered without making us cringe.

Despite its shaky beginnings (in setting Sandler up as a ladies man for intolerably caricatured coquettes), Sandler and James pull off performances surprisingly sensible, funny and poignant. Dan Aykroyd is their principled fire chief, Steve Buscemi is some kind of unfunny government snipe, Rob Schneider sneaks under the radar with an uncredited role as an Asian Minister, and spankin’ Jessica Biel provides the much-needed estrogen in this movie really targeted at breeders.


INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry_titleI NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY (Jul 2007) PG-13
Director: Dennis Dugan.
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Lew Gallo.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Dan Aykroyd, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi.
Poffy’s review on imdb
Word Count: 180      No. 475
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