I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry was a surprisingly cute and entertaining movie. Adam Sandler has been slipping lately, and Kevin James isn’t really known for his movie roles. The premise is clever enough. Two straight New York City firefighters get married so one of them can make sure his kids will get his pension. It’s like a buddy movie in overdrive. Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James) are best friends and have been firefighters together for years. After Larry realizes his kids aren’t his beneficiaries (his deceased wife is), and the paperwork will take too long to process, he knows he needs to find another way. After all, he’s a firefighter – he might not make it through his next shift. Chuck owes him a favor (since he saved his life), and he calls it in by telling Chuck he needs to marry him so he’ll get the benefits and take care of the kids should Larry die.
The usual cast of Sandler characters are there – Steve Buscemi, Gary Valentine, Allen Covert, Rob Schneider, etc., etc. Even David Spade shows up, dressed as a Playboy bunny. Nick Swardson (from Grandma’s Boy) shows up as the flamboyant gay brother of Larry & Chuck’s lawyer. Dan Aykroyd makes an appearance as the fire chief, but the one who steals the show is Ving Rhames. The enormous, buff black man who has previously played cops, Kojak, and other badasses plays a super-effeminate gay man. Easily the best and funniest scene in the entire movie is watching Ving Rhames sing “I’m Every Woman” in a communal shower with about 10 uncomfortable straight men.
The movie is touchy-feely in the style of Big Daddy. Larry & Chuck do love each other, just not in that way. The most impressive part of the movie is their sensitive treatment of the subject. They did everything they could to not insult the gay community, and I commend them for that. From the prescreenings they did for GLAAD, to the scenes in the movie where Chuck and Larry attack insensitive people for using the “f” word – every step of the way they were being nothing but supportive of gay rights.
In the end, the story is a love story. It’s about the lengths to which best friends will go to for each other. It’s sappy and a little bit ridiculous, but it’s not a waste of two hours. If you’re a hardcore Sandler fan, you should absolutely check it out. If you need cheap giggles on a lazy afternoon, it would also be a good choice
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