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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 134

Critics Consensus: Whether by way of inept comedy or tasteless stereotypes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry falters on both levels.

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 35

Critics Consensus: Whether by way of inept comedy or tasteless stereotypes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry falters on both levels.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 1,306,717


Movie Info

When two testosterone-fueled firemen attempt to register as domestic partners in order to bypass the bureaucratic red tape preventing one of them from naming his own two children as his life-insurance beneficiaries, their low-key ruse turns into headline news in this quirky matrimonial comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are two New York City firefighters whose longtime friendship has endured many a five-alarm fire. All that widower … More

PG-13 (for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Alexander Payne , Barry Fanaro , Jim Taylor
In Theaters:
Nov 6, 2007
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (134) | DVD (27)

There is something to be said for a movie that may end up preaching, for a change, to the unconverted. If only the laughs were bigger, smarter and more frequent than they are.

July 24, 2007
Top Critic

The premise is older than the pilot for Three's Company, and just as unfunny.

July 23, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Good intentions can only carry these films so far, and this one falls woefully short.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry manages to insult gays, straights, men, women, children, African-Americans, Asians, pastors, mailmen, insurance adjusters, firemen, doctors -- and fans of show music. That's championship stuff.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

With a tacked-on PC message and leaden attempts at humor, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Chuck and Larry remains something close to remarkable: an Adam Sandler movie that manages to be crude and caring in equal measure. In the multiplex, this is called progress.

Full Review… | July 20, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

While it's very easy to eviscerate Chuck and Larry from an activist point of view, all one really has to do to slam the flick is look at the lazy, contrived writing and the traffic-cop direction by frequent Sandler accomplice Dennis Dugan.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010

Displays considerable heart

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

What truly makes [the film] so detestable is its disingenuous attempt to justify itself with a tacked-on call for acceptance of all people and lifestyles.

Full Review… | July 15, 2009
DVD Review

They could have focused more on the similarities of best friends and a gay couple. Instead, they just try to offend everyone in sight and then act sorry at the end.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

You know a movie is going to be bad when Rob Schneider shows up as a Chinese wedding chapel minister. No, come to think of it, you know a movie is going to be bad when Rob Schneider shows up at all

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
Colorado Springs Gazette

Above all the idiotic shenanigans and brutally offensive conversation, Chuck & Larry is flat-out a badly made movie.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008

As complex as a garden-variety sitcom...

Full Review… | December 1, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

One of the year's most stunningly feeble offerings.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

This film is stupid, but it has a reckless bravery... and I found myself giggling more than once.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Typical Sandler comedy overflows with stereotypes.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Common Sense Media

Homosexuality for dummies. That is, until Ving Rhames steals everybody else's thunder as the most macho guy in the firehouse and on the down low, who decides it's time to finally come out in the communal shower.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007

Even before the 'gay' plot kicks in, the mix of bloated 'heroic' action with toilet humor and plugs for Hooters is unbearable...

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Den ehoyn adiko osoi apokaloyn ayton ton gamo anorimotitas kai sygkratimenis epanastatikotitas, tainia gia ta dikaiomata ton gay, ftiagmeni gia omofobikoys eterofylofiloys. Giati oso ki an paleyei na yperaspistei tin apodohi toy alliotikoy deihnontas tin

Full Review… | October 14, 2007
Movies for the Masses

In essence Dennis Duggan's film is patronising and a little degrading.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
This is London

Adam Sandler adds here to his lengthening charge sheet as the most repellent "entertainer" on the planet.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a comedy of masquerade that Shakespeare might have written if he were pea-brained and talentless and had been commissioned to script an Adam Sandler movie.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Financial Times

My faith in a beneficent God, never strong, has been shattered by news that Alexander Payne contributed to the screenplay for this horrific new Adam Sandler vehicle.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

Pronouncing Adam Sandler's latest comedy anything but a disaster of Chernobyl-sized proportions is beyond me.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Daily Mirror [UK]

The film-makers behind I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry would probably claim a message of tolerance and personal growth, but this woeful Adam Sandler vehicle is as nasty a piece of sniggering homophobia as I have seen in a long time.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Times [UK]

It's not just homosexuals who will be outraged by this crass farce.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Hilarious comedy about two bestfriends who get married to benefit from the work pension fund after one friend was widowed. It's funny from start to finish. Great cameos from lots of well known actors. Highly recommended.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Not as funny as I thought it could be, I love Kevin James ('The King of Queens' rocks) but this just isn't up there. Really wanted to love it but just found myself struggling to smile, as for Adam Sandler..his character is just the same as every other comedy character he plays, getting rather dull now methinks.

The story is kinda cool, two men pretending to be gay is always a show stopper haha and there are some good moments like Sandler slapping James' face and James pretending to love it, but nothing special. Just the usual, predictable lines and ending really, stick with 'King of Queens' and some of Sandlers earlier films where his everyman portrayal is at its original best.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Audiences love when a fat fireman marries a skinny fireman due to money problems. Now who thought that was a good idea?

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Quotes

Chuck Levine:
Why do all people think I'm the woman?
– Submitted by Jorge Eduardo S (2 years ago)

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