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Chuck and Larry : A very funny movie, timely and a provocative shower scene
Chuck and Larry : A very funny movie, timely and a provocative shower scene
Chuck and Larry : A very funny movie, timely and a provocative shower scene by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

I Now Pronounce You, Chuck and Larry Directed by Dennis Dugan
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames, Dan Ackroyd
Steve Buscemi Now playing


Chuck and Larry made me slap my own knee so hard, laughing, that it stung after the film was over. Why? Along with a deliciously sexy and outrageously funny shower scene where Ving Rhames (who plays a fireman who comes out when Chuck and Larry, his co-workers, pretend to be Gay) sings 'I'm Every Woman', in the nude, there's also a back view of Jessica Biel that'll be talked about for years. Yes, the new film, which delves into Gay marriage-like relationships, gets a few laughs and delivers everything one could want from a summer comedy. And, with the subject of domestic partnership at its core, it gives the viewer something to think about as well.

Chuck (Kevin James) is a single dad with two adorable kids, one of whom is starting to exhibit an interest in music and dance that might mark him for being Gay in the future-something his dad is not entirely comfortable with. Larry (Adam Sandler), his pal and fellow firefighter at a New York fire station, is a complete man-whore who ogles anything female. The two are pals, comfortable with a relationship that includes teasing, some hugging ('manly' hugging, that is) and having each other's backs in dangerous situations. In fact, it is just such a dangerous accident, in which Chuck saves Larry's life in a fire-gutted warehouse, that sets the tone for what comes later.

When Chuck finds out that because of some red tape snafu he can't insure his children and have them be his beneficiaries unless he's married or in a domestic partnership, he asks Larry to step up. That's when things get pretty interesting and hella funny, too. As the two men pretend to be a couple and try to convince a snoopy department fact checker that they are really Gay, things get even funnier. Especially, after their co-worker (Ving Rhames) one day confesses that he too is Gay and Chuck and Larry have to re-evaluate their own homophobia of the past and confront homophobes at a function they attend with their sexy lawyer (Jessica Biel) and her Gay brother. This makes them instant celebrities, but still the target of the snoopy fact checker, who takes the matter to court, only to have all of the other firemen, and the chief (Dan Ackroyd in his best role since Pearl Harbor) defending the two supposedly Gay guys.

Witty, hilarious, and at times very reminiscent of Some Like It Hot, I Now Pronouce You, Chuck and Larry strikes a chord and brings a charged subject out into the light, giving it a totally new spin. True, this is no serious film on domestic partnership, so don't go in expecting that. But, if you want a good laugh, and have an open mind, then this film could be a winner for you. Heck, if you only see it for that sexy shower scene, or the one with Jessica Biel flexing her glutes in those little striped panties, then that's worth the money.

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