I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)
Director: Dennis Duggan
Writers: Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Lou Gallo
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Dan Aykroyd, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Nicholas Turturro, Alan Calvat / Rachel Dratch / Richard Chamberlain / Nick Swanson / Blake Clark / Mary Pat Gleeson / Matt Winston / Lance Bass / Dave Marie Hughes / Dan Patrick / Rob Corddry / Robert Smigel / Richard Crane / Gary Valentine / Jonathan Loughran / Peter Dante / Michael Buscemi / Brad De Grunberg / John Farley / Becky O’Donoghue / Jessie O’Donohue / Chandra West / Jackie Sandler / Sandy Wernick / Dennis Dugan / Katherine Doyle / Tila Tequila / Jesse Cheng / Billy Concha / Robert Harvey / Michael Westphal / Mark Whan / Don Abernathy / Christopher L. Antie / Jennifer DeMinco / Jim Ford / Michele Karmin / Tyler Luban / Sean Morzond / Douglas Schneider / Rob Schneider / David Spade / …
Genre: Comedy / Romance / Gay
Region: United States
Released: 2007-07-20 (USA)
Runtime: 115 minutes
Also known as: When We “Fake ㄍㄟˋ” Together / Forced to Brokeback Mountain / Same-sex Wedding / Fate Tricks People
Rating: IMDB 5.9 / Rotten Tomatoes 14%
Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James) are firefighters at the same fire station. They have a good understanding in work and are good brothers who talk about everything. In private, Chuck Levine is a womanizer; while Larry Valentine has a soft spot for his late ex-wife and takes care of their two young children wholeheartedly.
In order for his child to be the beneficiary of his life insurance, Larry Valentine had to get married. Lacking interest in women, he came up with a “good idea”: pretending to be gay with Chuck Levine to get married.
After the chaotic wedding, the lives of the two have undergone earth-shaking changes. In order to cope with inspections by government officials, they lived together and participated in gay parties. Facing the protesting masses, they spoke generously and even fought violently. From “fake glass” to “real fighters”, their popularity among gay people expanded rapidly. , but also discriminated against by colleagues in the fire brigade. Even worse, it seems Chuck Levine has met the one: the beautiful lawyer (Jessica Biel) who is defending them. The two secretly fell in love, but due to Chuck Levine’s gay status, they could not develop further.
Things quickly got out of Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine’s control, and how to get their lives back on track became a problem they had to figure out.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. The film follows two New York City firefighters, Chuck and Larry, who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. As they continue the charade, they are investigated by the government and face challenges as they try to maintain the deception.
The film also stars Jessica Biel as the love interest of both Chuck and Larry, and features supporting performances from Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, and Ving Rhames.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its message of tolerance and inclusion while others criticized its humor as insensitive and offensive. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $186 million worldwide, and was nominated for several awards, including a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release. However, it also faced controversy and backlash from the LGBTQ+ community for its portrayal of gay stereotypes and use of slurs.