Sunday, September 23, 2007

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY - an equal opportunities offender

Well, I'm Catholic. I don't want to piss Mel Gibson off.The box-office success of Adam Sandler is proof of sinister forces at work. MR DEEDS, LITTLE NICKY, HAPPY GILMORE, CLICK.... These are all juvenile, piss-poor attempts at comedy in which a dick-head offends a bunch of people but is redeemed in the final reel, thus winning the heart of the hot chick. THE WEDDING SINGER is the exception to the rule: the genuine warmth of Drew Barrymore offset the Sandler curse. And, of course, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE brilliantly channelled Sandler's infantile aggression into a pathological rom-com. But, in general, to paraphrase the great George Costanza, I never feel the urge to get down on my knees and thank God that I know Adam Sandler and have access to his dementia.

No sir, Adam Sandler is not my bag. But I never thought he would produce a movie that would actually be offensive. Evidently, I was wrong.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY is an alleged comedy in which two heterosexual men pretend to be gay partners so that if one dies the other can inherit his pension benefits. The movie affects politically correct intentions. It wants to show us how two straight guys become more sympathetic to the gay cause by experiencing bigotry first hand. But in reality, the only thing that's politically correct about I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY is the fact that it's an equal opportunities offender. Straight men are misogynistic, reactionary bigots. Gay men are flamboyant fairies who listen to musicals and sing Gloria Gaynor songs. There's nothing cuter on a woman that a play-boy bunny outfit. Naturally, we leave the most offensive scene to serial offender, Rob Schneider, who hasn't even got the balls to be credited on this flick. Schneider dons fake teeth, a wig, face-paint and a hokey accent to do the most offensive impression of a Japanese man since Mr Yunioshi in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY is already on release in the US, Greece, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Australia, Egypt, Belgium, France, Portugal, Thailand, Hungary, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Hong Kong, Slovakia, Lithuania, Spain, the Philippines, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Iceland, Poland and the UK. It opens in Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Mexico, Norway and Sweden next weekend. It opens in Israel on October 4th, in Bulgaria on October 12th and in Finland on November 16th.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think how much I can tell you I want to avoid this movie. There's a bit of commotion down here, as this is a remake of a well thought of Aussie comedy. Although, how good that one was is a mystery to me as I don't think anyone's seen it.