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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)

PG-13 | | 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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Dennis Dugan

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Barry Fanaro (screenplay), Alexander Payne (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Chuck Levine
Kevin James ... Larry Valentine
Jessica Biel ... Alex McDonough
Dan Aykroyd ... Captain Tucker
Ving Rhames ... Fred G. Duncan
Steve Buscemi ... Clint Fitzer
Nicholas Turturro ... Renaldo Pinera
Allen Covert ... Steve
Rachel Dratch ... Benefits Supervisor Sara Powers
Richard Chamberlain ... Councilman Banks
Nick Swardson ... Kevin McDonough
Blake Clark ... Crazy Homeless Man
Mary Pat Gleason ... Teresa
Matt Winston ... Glen Aldrich
Lance Bass ... Band Leader
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Chuck has just found the perfect girl. Too bad he's agreed to marry his best friend. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo los declaro marido y... Larry See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,233,750, 22 July 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$120,059,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,072,214
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Tom Shadyac had planned this film as early as 1999. I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny, as the film was then titled, was announced as starring Nicolas Cage and Will Smith with Shadyac directing. See more »

Goofs

After the first house visit, when Chuck and Larry are on the porch saying good-bye to the investigator, the front door changes positions throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Larry Valentine: [Enters the firefighters' common room, holding the petition that they had all signed asking the captain to transfer out Chuck and Larry. He addresses the fourteen firefighters in the room] Hey, fellas! Hey, heard you guys have been circulating a petition. You mind if I take a look at it? Oh, what do you now, I got it right here. It's impressive, a lot of names! Let's go down the list, see who we got here. Nootzie! Hey, remember that time Chuck and I ran back into that textile plant and dragged ...
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Alternate Versions

A kiss between the two main characters (both male) were cut from The United States version of the film to obtain a PG-13 rating. See more »

Connections

References Brokeback Mountain (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Seven One Eight
Written by Matt Goias, Keith Grady
Performed by Fannypack
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Entertainment
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music
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Another instance of critics missing the point
24 July 2007 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

Gay jokes have always been staple of Adam Sandler comedies. It goes with Sandler's juvenile, boyish sense of humor. As far back as his "Saturday Night Live" days, Sandler has been serving up gay jokes left and right. It was only a matter of time until Sandler decided to extend his love of gay humor to feature length. What's surprising is how well I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry actually works. I've often said the best movies are the ones that have a point for existence. When millions are being spent, there should be a reason. Most of Sandler's pictures have had a message, however small they be. Billy Madison made it clear to its young audience to stay in school. Click made it painfully obvious that family is important. Now 'Chuck and Larry' comes with a message about tolerance and acceptance. I wasn't going to write a comment about 'Chuck and Larry', but after reading the critics' extremely venomous reaction to the flick, I think that they miss the point. Many have labeled it hypocritical for wanting to laugh at gays while standing up for them. Honestly I think the critics who say that had their minds made up about the film before they viewed it. The characters making homophobic remarks and jokes are seen as ignorant and unaware. True, there are stereotypes present, though most of them are stereotypes that the characters believe to be true. I found Brokeback Mountain to have just as many if not more stereotypes than are present here yet that was intended to be a serious drama.

80% of the jokes in 'Chuck & Larry' work the ones that don't are simply due to pacing. There's about ten more minutes of fat that could have been sucked out of the running time. Luckily, it's nowhere as dreadfully long as the Knocked Up was. However, I do wish that the film shared Knocked Up's R-rating (trims were made to make this a PG-13). There are times when the editing is extremely obvious and distracting, which took me out of the scene at times. Here's hoping for the original cut to be released on DVD. Somehow I doubt that it will. As satisfying as 'Chuck & Larry' is, seeing it as intended would be more fulfilling.

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