DVD Release Date:  November 6, 2007
Theatrical Release Date:  July 20, 2007
Rating:  PG-13 (for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, language and drug references - re-rated; originally rated R)
Genre:  Comedy/Drama
Run Time:  140 min.
Director:  Dennis Dugan
Actors:  Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Dan Aykroyd, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Nicholas Turturro, Allen Covert, and Rachel Dratch

Are you fresh out of homosexual propaganda?  Have you forgotten some of your gay terms or become insensitive to the benefits of embracing homosexuality as an equal alternative to heterosexual marriage

If so, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry will replenish your gray matter with everything the Left wants you to know about loving the world of sodomy. Under the guise of comedy (and there are some funny lines), Universal Pictures and Director Dennis Dugan are now bringing audiences two hours and twenty minutes’ worth of gay party-line preaching.

Like similar movies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Boat Trip, and Brokeback Mountain, I Now Pronounce You . . . features popular, credible, often handsome, mostly heterosexual stars to pipe in the filmmakers’ message and attempt to legitimize homosexual practices with mainstream America. 

Fireman Larry Valentine (Kevin James) is desperate to find a way to have his medical and death benefits go to someone he trusts, so that his children will be taken care of should he die.  As Larry’s wife has been dead for three years, and as he’s having a terrible time getting paperwork filed in New York, someone suggests that a quick way to make everything happen is to get married.

Since there are no women in his life, Larry turns to his best friend, firefighter and kinky womanizer Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler), who owes him a favor since Larry saved his life in a fire. Reluctantly, Chuck agrees to feign a domestic partnership, and the two move in together and pretend—before all the right parties—that they’re gay.  Well, that isn’t enough for the weasely inspector Clinton Fitzer (Steve Buscemi), whose scrutiny of the couple’s trash doesn’t look gay enough.  So, at the encouragement of their beautiful lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel), Chuck and Larry decide to make it official by getting married.

They find a sleazy place in Las Vegas and have a Jewish-gay wedding ceremony, witnessed by a homeless man (Blake Clark) who happens to be an expert Hebraic dancer, and then they go back to life as usual at the fire station.  The problem is, the guys at the station have caught wind of their buddy’s new relationship, and they back away from the guys quickly.  They’re even afraid to pick up their soap in the shower.  Only the fire chief, Captain Tucker (Dan Aykroyd) sees through the charade and has to make a decision about whether or not to blow the whistle.

It will take a lot of sensitivity training for all the creeped-out heterosexuals to come around and see the light, and the quickly transforming Chuck and Larry and their ever-evolving fake gay relationship is just the ticket to do that.  At the end (WARNING:  Plot Spoiler!), they’re successful, and during Larry’s trial, Captain Tucker gives a speech about how deceit is okay as long as a greater good has been done—of opening eyes and fostering love and loyalty. 

I Now Pronounce You . . .  is funny, star-studded, typical Hollywood humor.  The problem is that it does have the potential to sway young people toward embracing homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle choice.  At one point in the movie, Larry’s little girl starts naming off animals in the wild who are known to have homosexual tendencies (Manatees? Really?) 

The crudeness level is way high, too, with gay bars shown, discussions of who “the woman” is in the gay relationship, men running and jumping onto other men, a man fondling a woman’s breasts, men playing with a blow-up sex doll, and an allusion to Larry’s artsy son being gay.

Christians are portrayed as angry, hateful, small-minded bigots.  There’s a pastor who protests outside a gay bar, holding rude signs and using foul language. The filmmakers even make fun of the scripture which calls homosexuality an abomination.

As my husband said as we left the theater, “people won’t accept this.  Firefighters will hate it, and it won’t last three weeks at the box office.”  We’ll see what kind of prophet he turns out to be.  Hopefully, because of the content, worldview, nudity, and language, families will exercise the utmost caution in their decision to support I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and won’t kowtow to heavy-handed gay propaganda in the name of a few laughs.

AUDIENCE:  Adults only

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Bar scenes with depictions of alcohol.
  • Language:  A couple dozen obscenities with several profanities.
  • Sex:  Main characters in bed together, with a woman in between at one point; a character has orgy with multiple scantily-clad women, feels woman’s breasts.  An “artsy” son is portrayed as possibly gay.
  • Nudity:  Rear male nudity shown in shower scenes and other scenes. Several scenes of women in scanty underwear.
  • Violence:  Rough firefighting scenes, with man falling through floor, protestors, man punching another man out, etc.
  • Worldview:  Pro-homosexual.