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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 July 2007 (USA)
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Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

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Dennis Dugan

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Barry Fanaro (screenplay), Alexander Payne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Chuck Levine
Kevin James ... Larry Valentine
Jessica Biel ... Alex McDonough
Dan Aykroyd ... Captain Tucker
Ving Rhames ... Fred G. Duncan
Steve Buscemi ... Clint Fitzer
Nicholas Turturro ... Renaldo Pinera
Allen Covert ... Steve
Rachel Dratch ... Benefits Supervisor Sara Powers
Richard Chamberlain ... Councilman Banks
Nick Swardson ... Kevin McDonough
Blake Clark ... Crazy Homeless Man
Mary Pat Gleason ... Teresa
Matt Winston ... Glen Aldrich
Lance Bass ... Band Leader
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Storyline

Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are friends and Brooklyn firefighting partners. Widower Larry, who still mourns the death of his wife Paula, is having problems changing the beneficiary on his insurance policy from Paula's name to his children's. He is worried about his children's future if he were to be killed in the line of duty, and is contemplating quitting his job for something less risky, but he also does not want to forfeit his firefighter's pension as he also see it as a safety net for his children. Larry saves Chuck's life on one of their calls. So when Chuck tells Larry that he owes him one, Larry takes him up on his offer. Larry's favor: despite both being heterosexual, that they enter into a domestic partnership, in name and paper only, to provide that much needed protection for Larry's children. Chronic womanizer Chuck reluctantly but eventually agrees. The one person who knows for a certainty that they are both straight is their boss, Captain Phineas J. Tucker. Their ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Chuck has just found the perfect girl. Too bad he's agreed to marry his best friend. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo los declaro marido y... Larry See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,233,750, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:

$120,059,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,054,170
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the dance off scene, Robin Williams make a cameo in the background right of Kevin James while they are standing on the sides. He has white face paint. See more »

Goofs

While Chuck is talking to Alex in the grocery store, the can of Crisco in Chuck's grocery cart changes position without anyone moving it. See more »

Quotes

Larry Valentine: [Breaking into Bernie's room to rescue him] Holy Shamo!
Bernie: I'm sorry I can't get out of bed.
Chuck Levine: There's a bed under there?
Larry Valentine: Can you walk at all?
Bernie: I haven't walked in five years!
Chuck Levine: Alright, maybe we strap a rocketship on this guy we'll get him outta here.
Larry Valentine: No, no, we can do this, People lift cars, it's adrenaline, you know.
Chuck Levine: Cars? This guy is more like a freaking minivan.
Larry Valentine: Hey, buddy we're gonna help you outta here, come on.
Bernie: How's my mom?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

A kiss between the two main characters (both male) were cut from The United States version of the film to obtain a PG-13 rating. See more »

Connections

References Meet the Parents (2000) See more »

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Groove Is in the Heart
Written by Herbie Hancock, Dmitry Brill (as D'mitry Brill), Towa Tei (as Dong-Hwa Chung), Q-Tip (as Kamaal Fareed), Lady Miss Kier (as Kier Kirby)
Performed by Deee-Lite
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Meh...
14 June 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

WARNING: I don't know how this film eventually received the PG-13 rating, as there is quite a bit of sexual humor, adult language and male nudity. While for an adult audience this is okay, don't mistakenly think this is a kids movie.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY is a decent time-passer but not a whole lot more. I think most of the problem is that the film makers could have either played the film straight (so to speak) and tried to make it profound or they could have simply played it for laughs. BUT, trying to do both at the same time (like this movie did) tended to lessen the social commentary as well as take away from what could have been a much funnier film. In other words, playing this middle ground, in hindsight, probably wasn't the best idea. As a result, when the film tried to be serious and make gay-positive assertions, it came off as forced and half-hearted.

Considering that the film came out two years ago by the time I wrote this review and by now there are a bazillion reviews already, I won't summarize the film's plot. Instead, let's focus on what I liked. Sandler and James were both very good in the leads--I have no complaints there other than they tried way too hard to make Sandler some sort of stud. If he were NOT a movie star, there is no way he'd be able to get the girls he got in the film (especially pretty and very young Jessica Biel). Some of the supporting actors were very good. I liked Ving Rhames, Dan Aykroyd, the amazing dancing kid and that crazy dancing hobo. However, a few of the supporting actors sucked. Steve Buscemi's character was a caricature with no depth whatsoever as were all the non-gay positive characters--they were one-dimensional and were more like stereotypes than people. Also, how in the heck did Rob Schneider get away with such an awful and offensive performance?! Having him play a Japanese man (badly) hearkens to the days of Sidney Toler and Warner Oland (both Westerners) playing 'Charlie Chan'. I thought those days of having non-Asians play Asians (very broadly) were over--one of the positive aspects of political correctness. Now it is a little-known fact that Schneider's mother is a Filipino, but he still doesn't look the least bit Japanese and his character was MORE over the top than Peter Lorre's 'Mr. Moto'--and was a lot like Brando's impersonation of a Japanese man in TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON or Mickey Rooney's in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (ugghh!!). With Schneider's Moe Howard-like wig, thick classes and buck teeth, he simply is a walking stereotype.

Overall, it's a decent time-passer you can watch if you have Showtime. Otherwise, it's very easy to just skip this one.


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