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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • PG-13
  • 1h 55m
  • 2007
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Adam Sandler and Kevin James star as best friends and fellow firefighters Chuck and Larry, the pride of their Brooklyn fire station. Chuck owes Larry for saving his life. Larry calls in that favor big-time by asking Chuck to pose as his "domestic partner" so his kids will get his pension. But when a fact-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the two straight guys are forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds. Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames and Dan Aykroyd co-star in this hilarious comedy.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Whether by way of inept comedy or tasteless stereotypes, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry falters on both levels.
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Common Sense Says
Typical Sandler comedy overflows with stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a 2007 comedy. The premise is that Larry (Kevin James) needs his best friend and fellow NYPD fireman Chuck (Adam Sandler) to be his "domestic partner" so that Larry can name his kids as the beneficiaries of his life insurance policy after the untimely passing of Larry's wife. While arguably a mid-2000s attempt at addressing homophobia, any "wokeness" is overwhelmed by a movie that mines so much humor out of gay stereotypes. Besides jokes mined out of these gay stereotypes (for instance, Larry's son is strongly suspected of being gay because he prefers musicals and tap dancing to baseball, because apparently homosexuals don't play sports), there's also humor rooted in fat-shaming, as well as a particularly excruciating Asian stereotype, where a white man (Rob Schneider) is made to look "Asian" as he speaks in the stereotyped voice of an Asian man trying to speak English. Most of the women are presented as little more than sex objects. Sandler plays a womanizing, "hot" fireman who can apparently bed five women at once. Strong language throughout ("ass," "a--hole," "s--t," "bitch," "whore," "dick," "fatboy") as well as gay slurs ("f-ggot"). Even if tweens and younger teens are Sandler fans, they may be too young to separate the juvenile jokes from an underlying do-good message that gets overwhelmed by said juvenile jokes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:July 20, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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