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Despite some hearty humor from Adam Sandler, co-star Kevin James and a handful of well-cast character actors, the film's contrived plot and discriminatory jabs ultimately make Chuck and Larry a tactless engagement.
Even with Sandler up to his old tricks, he and James aren't really to blame for the failure of this movie-by-committee that throws a bunch of tired jokes against the wall and settles for the two or three that actually stick.
While it's very easy to eviscerate Chuck and Larry from an activist point of view, all one really has to do to slam the flick is look at the lazy, contrived writing and the traffic-cop direction by frequent Sandler accomplice Dennis Dugan.
I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry isn't just unfunny; it's racist, sexist and homophobic -- and truly unpleasant to watch. ... I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry practices exactly the kind of intolerance it preaches against.
In the credits, the filmmakers acknowledge Brooklyn firefighters who died on 9/11. It's an honorable gesture, but what of the previous two hours? What of the scenes portraying firemen as cigar-chomping, homophobic, misogynistic chumps?