Reviewed by: Adam Warren
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|Featuring:||Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Michelle Harrison, Simone Bailly|
|Producer:||Tracey Edmonds, Mike Karz, Brian Volk-Weiss|
“True love is a blessing and a curse. She’s the blessing. He’s cursed.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “It all started when Charlie Kagan was ten years old. Breaking the cardinal rules of spin-the-bottle, Charlie refused to lip-lock with a demented Goth girl—and she put a hex on him. Now, twenty-five years later, Charlie (Dane Cook) is a successful dentist… and still cursed. While his plastic surgeon best friend, Stu (Dan Fogler), pursues as many of his patients as possible, Charlie can’t seem to find the right girl. Even worse, he discovers at an ex-girlfriend’s wedding that every woman he’s ever slept with has found true love—with the next guy after him. Before he knows it, Charlie’s reputation as a ‘good luck charm’ has women—from sexy strangers to his overweight receptionist—lining up for a quickie.
But a life filled with all sex and no love has Charlie lonelier than ever—that is, until he meets Cam (Jessica Alba). An accident-prone penguin specialist, Cam is as hard-to-get as she is beautiful. But when a genuine romance develops, Charlie realizes he’s got to find a way to break his good-luck curse… before the girl of his dreams winds up with the next guy she meets.”
“Good Luck Chuck” is a romantic comedy with content targeting a largely male audience. The tale of “Good Luck Chuck” begins when Chuck (Dane Cook) is 10 years old and refuses to kiss a Goth girl. She then places a curse on Chuck making him a lucky charm for women wanting to find their one true love, however only after they have made love to him. He is basically the four leaf clover of sex.
Chuck becomes the center of female sexual attention when at the wedding of an ex-girlfriend she proclaims him to be the reason she found her true love, citing him as her lucky charm. This gains him the attention of what seems to be every single woman in the city.
At the wedding, Chuck meets accident prone Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba) who provides much of the film’s physical slapstick comedy. She was a joy to watch, for the most part. There are few comedies where a woman provides the slapstick entertainment.
Unfortunately, the film suffers from the many worldly values that dictate its view of true sexuality. During the film, Chuck comes to many crossroads and after getting some not so great advice from his long time friend Stu (Dan Fogler), who to me was a great representation of the serpent in the garden of Eden, he tantalizes Chuck with questions… would it really be that bad? …go on you know you want to. This often leads Chuck to make poor decisions.
The message of the film becomes confused with the many images of sex; it seems to say that sex with many different partners is fine because you should try before you buy, and who knows, your next one is right around the corner. It makes the statement that sex with many partners bears no consequences.
Offensive Content— “Good Luck Chuck” was one of the most difficult movies I had to sit through as a Christian. There is very little violence, however there is enough violence of the mind to grieve the Holy Spirit within every Christian. I had to close my eyes at the amount of nudity and sex scenes which were in this movie. In fact, this film is very much porn which has swooped underneath the radar of classification officials.
There is a large amount of profanity, with the film inventing new ways to refer to sexual organs in a rude and crude manner, and I lost count of the amount of times the Lord’s name was taken in vain. One scene shows a male getting what would have only be described as raped if it had happened to a female. Women are presented as predatory and sexual objects, all at the same time, with Chuck finding the one woman who continues to turn down his advances the one he feels to be for him. There are references to all sorts of sexual behaviour which I will not mention here, as it is all too explicit.
There are scenes which will disturb you, and it is definitely not a film I would take a child to.
The movie tries to redeem itself at the end, however one year later does not compare to 50 years later and never will.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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