Two Reviewers Hug CHUCK AND LARRY And Exalt The Hotness Of Biel!!
...with two reader reviews of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY, Adam Sandler's response to his angstier role in REIGN OVER ME. (Click on the disturbingly Chinese Rob Schneider to see a trailer...)
The first review comes from Thunder Joe:
Got to see an early screening of the new Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry in Burbank tonight.
Let's get to the important stuff: Jessica Biel. Jessica Biel in bra and panties. For a long time. Wet. Sandler feels her up. For a long time. And then does it again. Oh, she also dances in a skin-tight rubber catwoman costume. Heaven. Sheer cinematic heaven.
The movie's pretty simple and funny as hell. It's not anything too original but it's done with Sandler's usual shuffling charm. If "Bad Sandler" is Little Nicky, Longest Yard and Click and "Good Sandler" is 50 First Dates, Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore, this is definitely the "Good Sandler" variety.
Sandler basically plays another version of the guy he always plays. In this case, he's Chuck, a NY fireman who's incredible with the ladies (whatever, it's his movie, let him have it) and is best friends with his fellow fireman Larry, a widower with two kids. Larry saves Chuck's life at a fire scene, so Chuck promises to pay him back however he wants.
Turns out Larry's life insurance is caught in some sort of red tape and the only way to make sure his kids get the policy is to remarry. So he concocts a scheme to fake a domestic partnership with his pallie Chuck. The city starts sniffing around and the guys seek out a lawyer to help them out, who turns out to be Jessica Biel. Most lawyers look like Jessica Biel, right? She thinks they're a real couple and encourages them to get married to validate their relationship. So they do. Hijinks ensue. Lessons are learned.
A lot of the usuals from the Sandler acting company show up: Rob Schneider in a weird and weirdly funny bit as a Chinese wedding chapel owner. Why? I don't know. David Spade. Steve Buscemi. Small parts by Dan Ackroyd, Ving Rhames, Rachel Dratch, Dave Matthews (I think?), Lance Bass (Yep, I'm gay), and Richard Chamberlain. But the success of the movie rides on Sandler and Kevin James and their chemistry as a, uh, couple. And they've got it. Sandler gets most of the good lines and gives Kevin a hard time about everything: his weight, his dead wife (using an old-woman ghost voice around the house), his effeminate kid. Basically, the two of them act like two life-long blue-collar friends from New York would act and it works. Kevin James is a pretty good actor. I've never watched King of Queens but I thought he was pretty good in Hitch, but he gets a full part to play here, and he's the heart of the movie. I believed him and he and Sandler are a good team.
You can guess where everything winds up, but it's still a funny, enjoyable ride along the way. Seems like the same kind of Sandler comedy that works, and they should probably just back up the Brinks trucks when it comes out this summer.
INSANELY GREAT: Biel . Not her acting. But her other talents put on full display.
GOOD: It's funny throughout with only a few slow spots. There's an opening scene with a lot of physical humor where the guys have to save an enormously overweight guy who's shut in that keeps upping itself. There's a lot of funny throwaway buddy humor between Sandler and James, and the wedding itself is flat-out hilarious. There's a great sight gag with Spade. The whole "yeah, we're gay" stuff is kind of predictable but funny. Rhames as a homicidal co-worker at the firehouse has a killer scene. Then, when things get a little more serious, it works. Kevin James has a great scene in the firehouse when the other guys turn on Chuck and Larry that exposes the idiotic nature of prejudice. That kind of material doesn't need to be in a movie like this, so good for Sandler for doing something with some topicality to it. Nothing wrong with sneaking in a good moral in a silly comedy.
NOT SO GOOD: There's some clunkers along the way. The character of Jessica Biel's brother is annoying and stupid. There's a weird scene with Kevin James going all Brokeback Mountain that doesn't work. Jessica Biel is too clothed through too much of the movie.
ALL IN ALL: It's all fairly mindless but it delivers on the funny. The audience was having a great time start to finish. It's kind of brave for a movie like this to take on issues like homophobia and domestic partnerships. Chuck and Larry is an easy and agreeable way to spend a couple of hours when it comes out this summer.
Here's another, quicker look at the film saying pretty much the same thing. This one's from Boba Fatt.
Long time lurker and this is the first time I have had anything to contribute.
I am visiting L.A. and had the opportunity to see an early press screening of the new Adam Sandler movie I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry. I must say that I was skeptical going in to the film and one of the suits said it was not quite finished, but looked and sounded quite good.
The story of course is laid out pretty well in the trailer, but the movie is funny. James and Sandler work very well together and build a relationship that you can believe on film. The crowd I saw it with in Burbank loved it and it was good to see Sandler being funny again. Some of the laughs seem forced and there no real barriers being broken in the realm of comedy, but a really funny movie.
Some great cameos and Nick Swardson as usual had me rolling in my seat. Let us not also forget Jessica Biel who is a wonderfully nice piece of eye candy with an extended underwear and catwoman sequence. (THANK YOU!!)
If you use this you can call me Bobba Fatt.
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April 5, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST
by Jakes Nel
April 5, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST
by Jack Black
that Jessica Biel looks hot in this?
April 5, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST
just throw in a stupid hot chick, and ou've got a 100 mil movie. sad world we live in. this will probably make more than Children of Men.
April 5, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST
by Ultron ver 2.0
Being first won't compensate for your small and flaccid peepee.
April 5, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST
by Nucking Futs
HOTTEST....WOMAN....ALIVE.... Thank you God, and Thank you to her parents...
April 5, 2007, 10 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
It's worse than you think. This turd will make more in it's opening weekend than Children of Men has made to date. Sandler needs to bounce back from his Post 9-11 drama that tanked due to lack of interest w/ frat boy retards and this is the his golden ticket baby!!!!
April 5, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Biel is amazing and she is one of the real reasons I'm seeing the movie Next that comes in like two weeks. Anyway I probably won't see this simply because I am tired that Asians are the only minority group you can make fun of without being banned in Hollywood. I though we stopped doing that "white guy dressing like a minority" thing in the fucking sixties. Disgusting Sandler hasn't made a good comedy since the Wedding Singer. It's a fact he is a hack.
April 5, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
to see Jessica Alba in this movie. She's smokin' hot! Wait a minute...I'm a little confused.
April 5, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
Yeah, it had to be said. And Longest Yard is bad Sandler? Sports Sandler is about the only one that should even exist. Everything else feels half-assed.
April 5, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
How hard is it to get that right?
April 5, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST
Someone should get the three of them together. And make a movie.Plot optional.
April 5, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I mean, I'm not calling her ugly or anything but there are way better looking women with way more charisma. Same goes for Scarlet Johanson. What's the big deal? I see women who look this good on the bus every day.<br><br>In fact, for a nominal fee I will accompany you on a city bus and point out average looking women for you. They're everywhere!
April 5, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST
This was funny when it was called Bird Cage, and even then it wasn't funny, gay? yes. Funny? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
April 5, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST
in just about every way possible
April 5, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST
by ookla the mok
Funny, as I type, the NEXT trailer photo is off to the right with a headshot of Julianne Moore and a head plus cleavage shot of Jessica. Hmm...
April 5, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST
Biel and Johannsen are "average looking women"??<p>the fuck do you live, bro? also - how would you know? can your screen-reader judge the relative hotness of jpegs?
April 5, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST
in Washington, DC where I live. You see a lot of people mistakingly think you have to be intelligent to be a lawyer and that the combination of brains and beauty is rare. That last part is true but TRUST ME. You don't have to smart to be a lawyer.
April 5, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST
What's the big deal? Biel-ass; Scarlett-tits. Class dismissed. Now get your dick out of that guy's ass.
April 5, 2007, noon CST
Isn't funny. Hollywood is full of hypocritical, preach-ifying, self-serving bigots. Look how funny gay people are! Oh, and by the way, you red state rubes are all terribly for people for thinking all the gay jokes we're making are funny. And we're going to condemn your terrible bigotry all the way to the bank.<br><br>Bah.
April 5, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST
Not now. Not ever. Not in a box. Not with a fox. NOT. FUNNY. AT ALL.
April 5, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I'll pull out when I'm done thank you very much.<br><br>Class may be dismissed, but it looks like I'm coming back for summer school.
April 5, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST
You're an extremist neocon asshole so I don't know why I'm bothering, but Hollywood liberalism mostly comes from actors who aren't being as hypocritical as you would like to imagine. The studios who greenlight and rewrite, and push this drivel onto the public (the giant fucking corporations run by rich Republican douchebags in other words) are the ones that should be blamed for the rampant homophobia and desensitizing violence in Hollywood. Who do you think the homophobes are in this country motherfucker? All of YOU closeted, pseudo-spiritual gaybashing Republican fucks who think beign gay is wrong and tell people who they can and cannot love. Go fuck yourself you self-rightous piece of shit!
April 5, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST
Spring time comes and halter tops and jogging down Mac Arthur Blvd. Hell, even my girlfriend points them out .... now if i could get her to show more interest .... I need to slip something in her drink.<p> On topic - Sandler SUCKS! I friggin can't stand that douche. The baby talk, the fucking songs .... When I come across one of his movies on cable I reach into my pants, grab a handfull of pubes and rip 'em out! I then turn the channel. I was told to rent the movie with his dumb ass going thru all the grades at once .... whatever that movie was .... Happy something, Lucky butthole, fucking De .... whatever. I had to turn it off about 20 minutes later. I slowly got dumber and had to practice the alphabet again.<p>If he did more movies like Punch Drunk or Anger I would be a fan. Like Will Ferrell .... slow controled outbursts is funny (jack Nicholson?), not constant baby talk screaming. 50 First dates is good, but only for the lisping fat Hobbitt.
April 5, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST
and Jim Taylor so it seriously can't be that bad. Shame Payne didn't direct this sucker though, it would certainly make for a different TB.
April 5, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST
Switch Little Nicky and Big Daddy and I agree with the first reviewer about this.
April 5, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST
We seem to be lacking in some righteous indignation here. Allow me. Rob Schneider playing a Chinese stereotype, no doubt complete with ching-ching noises and bad teeth? THAT'S RACIST!!
April 5, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST
Hell yes there is. Attractive stupid lawyers are a DC staple. Georgetown, Dupont, Adams Morgan, Logan Circle, Glover Park. Hell even Southeast you'll find them. They aren't lunchtime prositutes per say. Prostitutes actually charge you money for sex, where as hot DC lawyers only require you drive a Porsche and will do at any time of the day.
April 5, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST
She's a pretty lady but in no way the godess some people make her out to be. Eva Green, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine Heigl turn me on much more than Ms. Camden. Which reminds me, can't wait for Knocked Up. Mmmmmm
April 5, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST
2 chic pole dancing went down on each other, granted, that was about almost 10 years ago.They could hire trash now for all I know.<p>And lawyers ain't the only thing .... walk the streets of Georgetown - 3 colleges and all the brainless profesionals you can shake your stick at.
April 5, 2007, 5 p.m. CST
Sadler must really have made a deal with the devil....The last two major films for this guy and he has had two of the hottest chicks ever playing his wife......
April 5, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST
by Jimmy Jazz
being an obnoxious ass is not humorous. He's about as witty and talented as your average fratboy on a Saturday night bender. DUUUUUDE! And the ever hi-LARIOUS Rob Schneider doing vaudeville "CHINEE"? Plus tired old gay jokes? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Jesus. Jessica Biel would have to personally come to my house, naked and drenched in chocolate, begging for my body, for me to even consider seeing this.
April 5, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST
Das right. Respect.
April 5, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST
by Moniker Jones
I'm wondering exactly how much work they did on this script. I'm also wondering how much was done before they were brought in to help, and why exactly they were needed in the first place.
April 5, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST
April 5, 2007, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
He deserves his own movie instead of the "fat sidekick" roles in Hitch and this crapola.
April 6, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST
BY FAR. Not even kidding.
April 6, 2007, 2:55 a.m. CST
by Hideo Kojima
I call bullshit on Little Nicky being "Bad Sandler." It is actually one of his top three films!
April 6, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST
by Hideo Kojima
Didn't see the post above mine, I totally agree mr s0nicdeathmonkey
April 6, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST
but whatever. <p> I laughed at this preview. I didn't want to, but I did. This may not be a bad movie, in spite of me not liking either actor, and not thinking Biel is all that as a sex object. <p> To me, women like Biel look weirdly sexless, like Barbie dolls. I feel like if I took her panties off there would just be smooth, pink plastic there instead of a twat.
April 6, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST
DC has changed alot in the last 10 years. Think Times Square cleaned up. Everything is owned by corporations downtown now so it's pretty cleaned up...and boring. Camelot is still there though its become tame by strip club standards. You get a strict business class in there for the most part. But in the District it's still all nude and alcohol is served. None of that pasty bullshit. God bless America!
April 6, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST
She certainly has the body...wish she was a better actress...I can't tell if she could do Catwoman or WW but she is built for it.
April 6, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST
I also don't understand the Biel thing... she was hideous in 7th Heaven when she was younger and she's average now. Yeah she's got a decent body, but her face is bleh. Kate Beckinsale is much hotter. I don't understand this Scarlet Johannson obsession ever... yeah she's got that "classic beauty" thing going on, but she sounds like the biggest stuck-up bitch ever. "My favorite thing about myself is I can find beauty in unusual things - like sitting on a fire escape" wtf is that? Anyone can see beauty in that you ho! It's not "deep", it's just an occasional respect for everyday things. Everyone with a brain has it sometimes.
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