Actors Should Have Passed On This Movie, So Should Audience



On most occasions I find Adam Sandler's movies quite funny. While not a regular viewer of the "King of Queens," when I have watched it, I've thought Kevin James was a natural comedy talent. So my hopes were high when I went to see the new movie in which these two star.

The premise has two Brooklyn firefighters Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine (Sandler and James, respectively) who are the best of friends on and off the job. Chuck is a ladies' man, has women literally falling at his feet; after all he was Mr. February on a "hunk" calendar. Larry, on the other hand, is a family man. A widower for more than a year (but still grieving), he is raising his two young children on his own.

Due in part to Larry's procrastination, but mostly because of municipal red tape, he finds that he has passed the deadline to change his employer's insurance policy to name his kids as primary beneficiaries. As a solution, he is told one way to solve this dilemma is to find a new spouse.

The only person Larry would trust with the best interests of his children is his closest friend, so the concept of a domestic partnership between them would resolve the insurance issue. Chuck really can't decline since he is indebted to Larry big time for saving his life in a burning building.

Larry and Chuck tie the knot in Canada. Their nuptials are performed by an unusual (i.e. weird) Asian-looking minister (played by Rob Schneider). All is well until they return home and move in together.

A city official who suspects this is all a scam to defraud the city investigates them. As they sense a legal battle coming (and to make the charade appear more legitimate) Larry and Chuck hire female attorney Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel) who Chuck immediately falls for, but can't let on how he feels.

Then when their fellow firefighters learn of the arrangement, homophobia takes hold. Fire Captain P. Tucker (Dan Aykroyd) realizes from the beginning what his two firefighters are doing, but chooses not to say anything publicly. Finally the day of reckoning arrives as Chuck and Larry are forced to appear at a very public hearing on their arrangement chaired by local Councilman Banks (Richard Chamberlain).

The comedy in this movie is basically one stereotypical and predictable gay punch line after another. Some are funny, but most are not. These two fine comedy actors should have passed on this one.

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