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Arts and Entertainment

"Chuck & Larry" is a Great Movie

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Adam Sandler and Kevin James, although not gay, have great on-screen chemistry in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Throw in one of the best comedic performances of Sandler's career and you've got a movie that everyone is going to be talking about this weekend. Perhaps it's his recent foray into serious roles that has made Sandler a more seasoned actor, bringing fresh ideas and nuances into his comedic performances -- whatever it is, his character in this movie is sure to please everyone.

Kevin James complements Sandler really well as his fraudulent domestic partner in the story; becoming legally married in order to ensure that his children are taken care of should he be killed in the line of duty. The story is somewhat unlikely, however no one really thinks to question the legal flaws of the plot when Jessica Biel, their lawyer, spells them out / takes her clothes off. She doesn't offer an outstanding performance in this film, although her scenes with Chuck (Sandler) are carried out very tastefully despite what the previews for this film have led you to believe. I have to give her credit for her performances in these key scenes.

Rob Schneider steals the show several times as a Canadian priest, think 50 First Dates times three. There are several other cameo performances that are gems, but we're not going to give those away and ruin surprises.

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It's criminal to think that Rotten Tomatoes has a 14% presently for this film. I've been reading what others have been saying about this film and the consensus seems to be that critics hate movies that "portray a message". Personally I have no issue with a message in a story as long as it isn't shoved down my throat or make me feel guilty. But honestly, as our film editor here at LAist would tell you, a film does not need to be any one thing. A good movie should not have to prescribe to any set of rules -- especially ones generated by newspaper critics.

Usually the tomato-meter gives me a good idea about a movie and I will agree with, but in this case I'm going to tell you that the reviews generating its score this time are wrong. I recommend you go see the movie if you were interested in it despite the flack.