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Movie Review

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references

Reviewed by: Victoria Garcia
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Extremely Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
2 hr. 20 min.
Year of Release:
2007
USA Release:
July 20, 2007 (wide)
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Relevant Issues
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What does the Bible say about real same sex marriages? Answer

What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What about real gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.

Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality

Featuring: Adam Sandler
Click,” “50 First Dates
Kevin James “Hitch,” “The King of Queens”
Jessica Biel
The Illusionist,” “7th Heaven”, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Next
Dan Aykroyd
“The Blues Brothers,” “Ghost Busters”
Steve Buscemi
Director: Dennis Dugan
Big Daddy,” “The Benchwarmers
Producer: Barry Bernardi, Adam Sandler, Tom Shadyac, Michael Bostick, James D. Brubaker, Jack Giarraputo
Distributor: Universal Pictures

“How far would you go for a friend?”

This movie is about two firefighters, Larry Valentine (Kevin James) and Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler), who have been friends for a long time. Larry is trying to find a way to fix his pension problem after his wife’s death. His solution is to file as having a domestic-partnership with his best friend Chuck. Chuck would then receive everything that is Larry’s and be responsible for Larry’s children if anything were to happen to Larry.

Although neither man is gay (actually Chuck is obsessed with having sex with women on a regular basis), they both go through with the plan. When their domestic-partnership is challenged, they must see a lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel). Chuck is attracted to her and may actually have feelings for her, but she is convinced that both men are gay. Although Chuck and Larry get married and begin living together, they end up having to go to court to “prove” that they are gay.

Morally, this movie is extremely offensive. It supports homosexuality and views it as a laughing matter. There is a scene outside of an AIDS awareness party, where all of the homosexuals are fighting with religious people about their lifestyle. The religious people are basically condemning the gays to hell, and the gays are fighting back. The scene ends with the gays “winning” the argument. This is certainly not the way Christians should approach the homosexuals. They should try to share the truth of Christ in love, with fellow sinners—caring for their eternal destination.

How to share Christ with homosexuals? Answer

Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer

What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What about gays needs to change? Answer
It may not be what you think.

Can a gay or lesbian person go to heaven? Answer
If a homosexual accepts Jesus into his heart, but does not want to change his lifestyle, can he/she still go to Heaven?

What should be the attitude of the church toward homosexuals and homosexuality? Answer

Larry’s son is extremely feminine, and is made fun of by both Chuck and Larry. There are many, many, gay, crude, and perverse jokes throughout the film. Several of the men in the movie are shown in women’s clothing. There is a scene in the firestation showers showing nude men. At the end of the film two men are shown kissing at their wedding.

Throughout the entire movie, perverted and crude language is used—and often directed towards women. Women are shown as sex objects. Multiple girls display a lot of cleavage and other parts of their bodies, and wear extremely revealing shorts or underwear. Twin women at the beginning of the movie fight over Chuck and are dressed very provocatively.

Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer

In another scene, Chuck is surrounded by Hooters’ girls. These same girls are later shown at Chuck’s house dressed in lingerie along with Chuck’s female doctor. The girls are all waiting for Chuck to come back to bed. He sends them back to the room while yelling perverted remarks to them. Chuck also yells perverted and disrespectful comments across the street to a woman who is wearing a top that exposes more than it covers, reveals her mid-drift, and wearing extremely small shorts. There is also a scene where Chuck (Adam Sandler) is invited by Alex (Jessica Biel) to feel her chest as she is dressed in her just bra and underwear. In another intimate scene between the two Chuck shows her how he “turns Larry on.”

Having sex outside of marriage with multiple partners is shown as something acceptable in this movie, which as followers of Christ, we know is not right.

The amount of cussing in this film heavy, as is the norm for an Adam Sandler movie. The Lord’s name is also taken in vain—seven “oh my G_d,” “oh G_d,” and “my G_d”—also “swear to G_d,” “G_d_mn,” “for G_d’s sakes,” “oh sweet L_rd.”

It really disappoints me that there are more negative aspects of the movie to write about than good. The only good point that that I noticed was that Chuck loves his best friend so much that he is willing to sacrifice his own reputation to help him.

What happens when one compares this movie to the Bible? Homosexuality is something that is not honoring to God. He created men and women to come together in marriage and to enjoy sex with their spouse. 1 Corinthians 7:1-3 “Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.” God intended sex to be between a man and a woman within marriage.

Since this movie shows women revealing their bodies, and men obsessing over the way women look, we should realize what the Bible has to say about lust. Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old ‘You shall not commit adultery’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” This movie does not show the consequences for viewing a woman with lustful eyes. Scripture (Matthew 5:29) continues saying, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to be cast into hell…”

Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer

How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer

The Bible also addresses the subject of perverse language. The things we share through words should not be discouraging or demeaning. Ephesians 4:29 “Do not use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Violence: None / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive
Positive—Although I thought it had some inappropriate parts, I LOVED this movie! To me it was a story about two best friends who love each other (as friends), so much so they would do anything for each other. Chuck, who loves sex, sacrifices it for Larry, so they can seem real. And Larry finally learns how to move past his late wife and on to other women. I felt it taught that no matter your sex, color, or prefernce, God still loves you, and how putting yourself in some one else’s shoes can change your mind. Chuck used to call gay people the f-word, then he realized how offensive it was when he was on the other side of the word. I loved the scene in which all the firefighters stand up for their friends. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Bekah, age 17
Neutral
Neutral—Quite honestly, I thought this film was hilarious. Not Sandler’s best film, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. That said however, I thought that it was quite unnecessary for it to be as preachy as it was. Nowadays I expect anything coming from Hollywood that deals with homosexuality to give it an approving nod, and that’s what I was expecting from this movie. Instead, I got a punch in the face. It’s a very funny movie, but if you really want to see it I’d wait for the DVD. I wouldn’t recommend paying full price for the message it shoves in your face.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3½
—Dustin, age 19
Negative
Negative—I am ashamed to say, I did in fact, see this film in its entirety. I am a huge Adam Sandler fan, but I was very disappointed in him and sorry to say that I lost a lot of respect for Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel and the other actors of this film. It had some funny parts but was definitely not worth watching or paying six dollars. The Homosexual message was, of course, shoved down the viewer’s throat. Like with most Hollywood films or TV shows. They portrayed Christians in an extremely negative light. Yes, some Christians do hold up signs and riot (normally peacefully), but so do other activist groups. Christians, for the most part, just preach God’s word. And in the Holy Scriptures homosexuality is a sin. Whether Hollywood, gays, or teens (who engage in this behavior) want to accept this fact or not. God created Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3½
—Aleshia Horner, age 19
Negative—I would first like to preface this by saying that I’m glad I saw this film. Besides failing to be funny (which is quite a task with the likes of Kevin James and Adam Sandler), it was morally repugnant. However, I believe the issues it raises regarding homosexuality are crucial to winning gay individuals for Christ. The only people of faith they show are of the Fred Phelps variety: self-righteous and hateful. No compassionate, caring Christians who show homosexuals the love a fellow sinner are depicted. In fact, the idea of homosexuality being wrong is shown to be the personal opinion of religionists and not a divine directive from God.

The only sliver that is positive in this movie is when Jessica Biel’s character suggests that Adam Sandler’s Chuck file a legal suit against the “homophobic” firefighters. Chuck comes to their defense saying they are “good guys” who are just having a tough time “coming around.” So, at least those with an aversion to homosexuality are given a mildly fair shake (though I don’t think “coming around” would be a positive thing). In conclusion, use the movie’s message as a way to address issues homosexuals have with their feelings, desires, and God’s eternal truth. Take their arguments to heart, but don’t compromise your Christian conviction. God’s grace can conquer any sin. I am still not sure if homosexuality is a choice or an innate feeling, and, frankly, I don’t care. All of us are born sinners in need of God’s grace. Christians who are saved by grace should be the first to embrace homosexuals with adesire to repent and follow Christ. Bottom line, though the movie was made for evil, I believe God can and will use it for good!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—Sam, age 20

What’s wrong with being gay? Answer
Homosexual behavior versus the Bible: Are people born gay? Does homosexuality harm anyone? Is it anyone’s business? Are homosexual and heterosexual relationships equally valid?

What should be the attitude of the church toward homosexuals and homosexuality? Answer

Negative—I watched this film up until the scene with the Christian rioters. That was the last straw, and I shut it off. They couldn’t portray what true Christians would say to them because it would prove homosexuality is really sinful. I get that homosexuality is a sin like any other, but when you try to promote it as being right (along with premarital sex), that’s when it really makes me mad.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Melanie, age 28
Negative—My husband and I went to see this movie with some friends. One of the kids from our youth group said it was a good movie, so we thought it’s probably really funny. I will NEVER listen to him again. This movie was terrible! What scares me even more is that a young man at our church thinks this movie is okay to watch. This movie was a big gay pride movie that showed Christians to be gay haters. I told my husband that we need to make a pack never to sit through a movie for the sake of the friends we had with us or because we spent money. This movie could have been made in better taste. I was really disappointed because we love comedies, but not this one.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Nicole Wright, age 30
Comments from young people
Negative—The film quality of this movie was good and so was the acting, but here are my comments. My friend and I went to see this movie, at first it started out really great and funny, then about 10 min. into the movie Adam Sandler comes out of his room with 10 different girls. Then there is this scene with Jessica Biel in her house. She thinks he is gay, and she undresses until she is in underwear and at her bra she points at her breasts, and she says these are real… feel. He jiggles them around and stuff, it lasts for about 10 min. It was NASTY!! My friend, and I just about lost it. My mom came with us, and SHE was appalled. My friend is Lutheran. My mom said she would NEVER offer this movie to anyone under 21!! She hated it!!!… I will see this again. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS SEE THIS!!!… It should have been R or NC 17!!!……
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3½
—Vanessa Lane, age 13
Neutral—I thought that this film was very funny. It had a lot of hidden inuendos in it though. But I thought that it really made you think, of how christians treat other people. We shouldn’t judge people by who or what they like

I have to say though, I was very disapointed in the way they presented christians. The majority of christian don’t use hurtful protests to get their pioints across. But overall I thought this was a good film, but would not let children or teens under the age of 15 go and see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Alex X., age 14