I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 24, 2007
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
The premise is older than the pilot for Three's Company, and just as unfunny.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 21, 2007
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 20, 2007
Good intentions can only carry these films so far, and this one falls woefully short.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2007
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 20, 2007
For the most part, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry plods along predictably, well-intentioned but only sporadically entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 20, 2007
If there were a Straight Lack-of-Pride Parade, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry could be the grand marshal. The movie isn't insulting to homosexuals but to comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 20, 2007
Does anybody laugh at this stuff anymore?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 20, 2007
Chuck & Larry proves that even the silliest comedy can offer important food for thought.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 20, 2007
In the credits, the filmmakers acknowledge Brooklyn firefighters who died on 9/11. It's an honorable gesture, but what of the previous two hours? What of the scenes portraying firemen as cigar-chomping, homophobic, misogynistic chumps?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 20, 2007
The sad thing is that this could have been really good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 20, 2007
In the spirit of uncivil unions, I now denounce you, Chuck & Larry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2007
It all boils down to a horrible waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 20, 2007
The movie is often stupid. But coming from an industry institutionally terrified of being honest about its own sexuality, it feels brave, going a step further than 'not that there's anything wrong with that.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 20, 2007
Sporadically funny, casually sexist, blithely racist and about as visually sophisticated as a parking-garage surveillance video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
July 20, 2007
An equal-opportunity offender, slapping right wingers on the wrist while, much to said right wingers' expectations, reducing homosexuality to its lowest common denominators.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 19, 2007
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry works hard at not being offensive. It just doesn't work hard enough at being good.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2007
There are gags here that may be older than the film's stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 19, 2007
Adam Sandler and Kevin James play courageous Brooklyn firefighters and best friends in this comedy that seems designed to be as bad as it can be.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 19, 2007
If there's a saving grace, and there is, it's that the movie strives, in its often-awkward way, for acceptance. And how bad can that be?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 19, 2007
Whatever gay stereotypes exist in this movie -- and they probably number in the hundreds -- the writers of the comedy are much tougher on morbidly obese people, hot women, the homeless, mailmen, unattractive women and particularly Asians.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 19, 2007
No comedy this year can beat this dud for mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 19, 2007
If Dugan's crude, occasionally effective effort ends up chipping away at America's moron class regarding gay rights, that'll be nice. But even unrepentant homophobes deserve funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 19, 2007
Essentially, Chuck & Larry is an oafish chance for audiences to laugh at gay-bashing jokes and then feel morally redeemed for doing so.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 2007
I feel compelled to apologize about laughing at Chuck and Larry, like many Sandler films less a movie than a fistful of funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2007
I now pronounce you terminally confused.
| Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 19, 2007
For every stale homophobic joke there's a sheepish nod to political correctness, and just to be safe director Dennis Dugan plays the firefighter card at every opportunity.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 19, 2007
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a pretend-to-be-gay firefighter's farce that is entirely too stupid and crude to tote its alleged 'message' about tolerance through the flames to safety.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 19, 2007
This is indeed an equal opportunity movie. But it's also a movie that beats its one joke into the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2007
They go at it with such beguiling gusto and heart that I totally bought the movie's dust-covered message about the primacy of friendship over sexual preference.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 19, 2007
What were they thinking? Simple: They weren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
July 19, 2007
Chuck & Larry wants it both ways, indulging in ass obsession and the lamest queer stereotypes since Franklin Pangborn was in short pants, then hoisting the rainbow flag at half-mast in a panicky cry for tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 19, 2007
It's a shock to the system when this example of puerile comedy turns into a pulpit-pounding sermon. The film's sledgehammer approach makes it more immature than earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 18, 2007
The picture delivers 90 minutes of gay caricatures, along with a barrage of fat jokes, and culminates by lecturing the audience about how wrong it is to mock those who are different.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2007
This movie encourages sensitivity by hitting everyone over the head with its humor hammer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 18, 2007
It might seem offensive if it weren't so lame.
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
July 17, 2007
Tremendously savvy in its stupid way, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is as eloquent as Brokeback Mountain, and even more radical.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 13, 2007
Relentlessly juvenile and awash in stereotypes.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 13, 2007
One longs for something like Paul Rudnick's script for In & Out, which was very funny yet delved into the trauma of coming out and the perplexing issue of homophobia in society.