I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -4

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Ving Rhames with Steve Buscemi and Dan Aykroyd. Comedy. Written by Lew Gallo, Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne &Jim Taylor. Directed by Dennis Dugan.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are the pride of their fire station. Grateful Chuck owes Larry for saving his life in a fire, and Larry calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries.All that Chuck has to do is claim to be Larrys domestic partner on some city forms. Easy. Nobody will ever know. But when an overzealous bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new couples arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news.Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a charade of domestic bliss under one roof.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The message: the gay lifestyle should be accepted and respected in todays America. And in case you missed the message due to the comic pratfalls and the immature humor that ranges from fat jokes to gay jokes to juvenile daydreams about scantily clad twin sisters kissing one another, the stars repeat the message over and over.

Theres some funny stuff, these two guys being proven talents, but most of the wit is based on sophomoric or crude humor, and the message becomes not only the central theme, but one accompanied by a subtle threatening.

Theres a scene where a religious group is picketing a gay club. The hostile minister calls one of the leads a faggot. (There are some zealots who actually behave this way.) He is rightly punched in the mouth for his disrespectful name calling. My problem with the scene is that it is the only one having anything to do with Christian behavior. Gay groups have been verbally attacked by church groups more concerned with Americas culture than Christs teachings. And now its payback time. Its as if those involved in this production are saying We are gunning for you, Christians.

We Christians blew it when it came to reaching out to the gay community. There are haters in religion, for sure, but most of us just simply dont know how to express our perspective without it appearing to be pious finger pointing. Now everybody lives by a perspective. Everybody. But if your perspective is that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, you are perceived as intolerant. Of course, there are a couple hundred different denominations, with lots of takes on the Christian perspective. Therefore, I hate to offer mine, knowing it wont sit well with some. But it just seems to me that if the two most important commands are to love God and to love one another, as Jesus instructed, shouldnt we be attempting to satisfy those two directives? Wont all the other commands fall into place if we keep our thoughts on those two? All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments, Matthew 22:36-40. And wont the desire to follow His leading be our most effective witness?

Watching this pivotal scene is unnerving. For it slyly depicts an anti-Christian conviction. It states that we followers of Christ are the enemy not just the haters with a disguised objective, but all of us. In this one scene, in this rather silly movie, it becomes clear that in the eyes of those who seek the rights of the downtrodden, we Christians are the threat to American justice. We are the Hitlers. And since we are seen as a jeopardy to the pursuit of homosexual happiness, we must not only be challenged but vanquished. I think things are going to get a little tough for the faithful in Americas future. Is it because we showed too much of Christs concern, or not enough?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Universal

Summary
Crude Language: Lots of crude humor taken from fat and gay jokes as well as other crudities mixed in.
Obscene Language: The word faggot is used, but to make a point of how hurtful it is meant and taken. Around 15 obscenities, mostly the s-word. Several minor expletives (damns and hells).
Profanity: I caught one profane use of Gods name.
Violence: A bigot is punched. We see firemen endangered in their line of work.
Sexual Intercourse: Theres a great deal of sexual innuendo and several sexual scenes meant to titillate.
Nudity: Backside nudity as several firemen are seen showering. Several women dressed scantily, the camera roaming over their bodies.
Homosexual Conduct: Two guys pretending to be gay, several others coming out of the closet, some acting effeminate. A long running gag has to do with a child displaying homosexual tendencies.
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Throughout.
Drug Abuse: Some drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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