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
Steve Buscemi was actually a New York City Firefighter before he became an actor. His brother is an actor, Michael Buscemi, who plays a firefighter -- "Higgy" in the credits, "Higgins" on his uniform. In turn, an actual firefighter named Mark Higgins (and childhood friend of Sandler's) appears in the movie, but is credited only as "Fireman", along with several other actual firefighters. See more »
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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry written by Academy Award winning writers Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor along with Barry Fanaro, is one of the smartest, and tender comedies of the year. The film stars comedy superstars Adam Sandler and Kevin James as two NYC firefighters, Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine who pretend to be a gay couple in order to get domestic partnership benefits for Larry's children who has recently lost their mother. When the partnership is questioned by City Official Clinton Fitzer played by another comedic icon, Steve Buscemi, they turn to the beautiful intelligent lawyer, Alex played by the sexy Jessica Biel.
The film brings forth some laughs but all in all the film soars on dramatic level which I believe Payne and Taylor weren't exactly aiming for. Sandler still struggles as a dramatic actor and finds it hard to find his inner characters without bringing himself out. We are still waiting for him to return to form as he did in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. James however, is quite an actor who shows the most vulnerable parts of Larry without going over the top. We enjoy Larry's company and look forward to his story unraveling. Kevin James will have an easier transition into more affluent and demanding roles as an actor than Sandler has.
You also have your usual suspects in the Sandler films like the unrecognizable Rob Schnieder and you'll find some comfort in Dan Aykroyd who has been missed from the screen for some time and Ving Rhames who is always as funny as he is intimidating. But don't look for a revolutionary story to befall in front of you, it's a good watch, not a great one.
The film drags on a bit and no stand outs that scream recognition. It's a new addition to good popcorn flicks of 2007.
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