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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  20 July 2007 (USA)
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Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

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Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are friends and Brooklyn firefighting partners. Widower Larry, who still mourns the death of his wife Paula, is having problems changing the beneficiary on his insurance policy from Paula's name to his children's. He is worried about his children's future if he were to be killed in the line of duty, and is contemplating quitting his job for something less risky, but he also does not want to forfeit his firefighter's pension as he also see it as a safety net for his children. Larry saves Chuck's life on one of their calls. So when Chuck tells Larry that he owes him one, Larry takes him up on his offer. Larry's favor: despite both being heterosexual, that they enter into a domestic partnership, in name and paper only, to provide that much needed protection for Larry's children. Chronic womanizer Chuck reluctantly but eventually agrees. The one person who knows for a certainty that they are both straight is their boss, Captain Phineas J. Tucker. Their ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They're as straight as can be, but don't tell anyone. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yo los declaro marido y... Larry  »

Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,090,831 (UK) (21 September 2007)

Gross:

£3,752,731 (UK) (12 October 2007)
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Trivia

Actress/singer Lainie Kazan appeared in one scene as Chuck's mother, but it was deleted. It is included on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck & Larry are joking about eating the rat and the floor falls through, the entire building and everything in it is burnt, but the papers that fall to the first floor are all clean and unburnt. See more »

Quotes

Larry Valentine: [while Chuck and Larry are being interviewed separately] The worst day we ever had on the job?
Chuck Levine: This little kid fell in a swimming pool...
Larry Valentine: Chuck was the first one there...
Chuck Levine: I dove in...
Larry Valentine: He pulled him out...
Chuck Levine: I worked on him...
Larry Valentine: worked on him, worked on him, but...
Chuck Levine: Larry stayed with me all that night. I just couldn't get... couldn't get that kid outta my head.
Larry Valentine: When my wife died.
Chuck Levine: Ah, that was the worst.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.184 (2012) See more »

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You're My Best Friend
Written by John Deacon
Performed by Queen
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc. and
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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An Average Comedy
27 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is basically an average comedy. You can poke a lot of holes in the plot and there is a lot of stupidity. Yet, there are some parts that make you laugh out loud. This is an entertaining film, but your own sense of humor should dictate whether you want to see it or not.

Sandler and James play New York firefighters. The basic premise is that Kevin James' character finds a loophole in the system so that if he marries Sandler, his children will easily get his employee benefits. Without a wife, his children would be held in limbo by the state for a while before they get any benefits. This, of course, is a stretch, but since it is a comedy you just kind of go with it.

So after James saves Sandler's life, Sandler agrees to go through with this. This is where the gay jokes ensue. Add in Ving Rhames who is a gay firefighter who comes out of the closet due to James and Sandler and also add in Jessica Biel as some eye candy who Sandler badly wants to date and you have all the ingredients of this comedy. Rob Schneider is funny playing an Asian minister. This movie is pro-gay I would say, so it shouldn't offend homosexuals, and Schneider is part Asian, so I guess he is supposed to be off the hook for making fun of that ethnic group. Anyway, all the jokes are supposed to be in good fun, but some people might get offended. If you are the type of person who gets offended easily, then you probably should avoid this movie.

Some nice cameos in the film and the soundtrack is largely comprised of known gay artists.

I saw this in the theater with my girlfriend. You would probably be smart to avoid the pricey theater tickets and wait until this comes out on DVD. This is not going to be a classic comedy and is not close to one of Sandler's best. At the same time, I don't think that it is an awful film either. Rating 6 0f 10 stars.


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