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:: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

The film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, drags on as long, and idiotically as the title. It‘s an Adam Sandler post success film. You know the ones, where he's not really funny, infact to the point of being lame. Admittedly, Sandler can be a talented actor, as seen in his surprisingly convincing portrayal in Reign Over Me, in which he plays a grieving widower who does not accept his loss. Ironically in this movie, his best friend Larry is a grieving widower, and Chuck (Sandler) is back to his obnoxious self, taunting Larry with 'funny’ rasping ghost voices that he pretends is from his dead wife.

His character is a womanising deviant, the kind who leaves porn magazines on the kitchen table in a house with children. He also perves on his stunning gay activist lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel) under the pretenses that he is gay. You know, the kind of abusing of trust where women feel comfortable to parade around in knickers in front of their gay buddies, because they are under the impression that they are not secretly exploiting the situation.

We know that Adam Sandler‘s obnoxious character persona - the 'big kid’, the immature, selfish boy man - has worked for him in the past in Happy Gilmore and The Waterboy. It was original, back then. Now, it's tired, and he's losing his boyish charm as the wrinkles set in. How much longer can he ride this wave for?

But it is not just an unfunny main character that brings down the film. There are holes in the plot. This is never a good thing! It moves too slowly as well. It is not logical either. How does Sandler get away with acting in a derogatory way to women, and still get the girls? Literally, plural.

Sandler's co-star, Kevin James, who plays Larry Valentine, is both comical and sweet. Steve Buschemi is humorous as the pale faced anal retentively nasty council inspector. Rob Schieder plays the funniest character of the film, a Japanese Priest who has a metaphoric way of delivering the vows, talking excitedly of love that is shape related.

The film makes Happy Gilmore look wonderful, which is a relevant example because I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry director, Denis Dugan directed that, as well as other Sandler successes like Big Daddy. On the plus side, the film does have shining moments of liberation for the gay community, such as when Chuck beats up a gay basher. In their process of pretending to be gay, which by the way is all for some extra government money, Chuck and Larry experienced the polarisation that sadly, can affect some gays. The film touches on the sensitive issue that the United States do legalise civil unions like their northern neighbour, Canada.