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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

aka I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

"They're as straight as can be, but don't tell anyone."

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Details: 115 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Cast:

Small Charles "Chuck" Levine
Small Lawrence "Larry" Valentine
Small Alex McDonough
Small Fred G. Duncan
Small Clinton Fitzer
Small Renaldo Pinera
Small Steve
Small Benefits Supervisor Sara Powers
Small Kevin McDonough
Small Captain Phineas J. Tucker
Small Councilman Banks
Small Hooters Girl
Small Glen Aldrich
Small Teresa
Small Asian Minister
No_movie_poster Band Leader
Small Tony Paroni
Small Transvestite Groupie
Small
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Small Karl Eisendorf
Small
Small Doctor Honey

Crew:

No_movie_poster Rupert Gregson-Williams Music
No_movie_poster Roger Mussenden Casting
No_movie_poster Tom Shadyac Producer
No_movie_poster Dean Semler Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Michael Bostick Producer
No_movie_poster James D. Brubaker Producer
No_movie_poster Jim Taylor Screenplay
No_movie_poster Barry Fanaro Screenplay
No_movie_poster Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Jeff Gourson Editor
Small Alexander Payne Screenplay
Small Dennis Dugan Director
Small Adam Sandler Producer
No_movie_poster Jack Giarraputo Producer
No_movie_poster Perry Andelin Blake Set Designer
No_movie_poster Lew Gallo treatment
No_movie_poster Daryl Kass Line Producer
No_movie_poster Amanda Morgan Palmer Producer
No_movie_poster Alan Au Art Direction
No_movie_poster David Swayze Art Direction
No_movie_poster Lew Gallo Writer
No_movie_poster Jeff Gourson Editing

Taglines:

"They're as straight as can be, but don't tell anyone."

Plot:

Charles Todd "Chuck" Levine and Lawrence Arthur "Larry" Valentine (Adam Sandler and Kevin James) are two veteran New York City fire fighters. Chuck is a bachelor and womanizer and Larry is a widower who tries to raise his two children. During a routine sweep of a burned building, a segment of floor collapses and Chuck almost dies. Larry eventually rescues Chuck by shielding him from the falling debris. As he and Larry are awaken at a hospital later, Chuck vows to repay his debt in any way possible. The incident prompts Larry to realize the fact that death can come for him at any moment, but he has difficulties naming his children as primary beneficiaries in his life insurance policy. One of the ways suggested for him to do so is to get married. Inspired by a newspaper article about domestic partnerships, Larry asks Chuck to enter a civil union with him. Although at first Chuck declines, he is reminded of his debt to Larry and finally agrees. Chuck and Larry become domestic partners and Chuck becomes Larry's primary beneficiary in the event of his death. Soon, New York City investigators arrive to inquire about their partnership, suspecting fraud. Chuck and Larry decide to enlist the help of a lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel), who suggests that they get married. Chuck and Larry then marry in Canada and move in together.

At a gay benefit costume party, the partygoers are confronted by homophobic protestors, whose leader, a minister (Rob Corddry), calls Chuck a "faggot". Chuck punches him, causing the event to be published in a newspaper. With their apparent homosexuality and marriage revealed, the pair come under fire: Chuck and Larry are heckled, while their fellow FDNY firefighters refuse to work or even play basketball alongside the couple. Their only ally is Fred G. Duncan (Ving Rhames), an angry, intimidating firefighter who comes out to a very surprised Chuck. Larry's effeminate son, Eric (Cole Morgen) is harassed in school by a homophobic bully - but he surprises everybody by easily winning the fight. During the ordeal, the previously homophobic pair come to understand what it is like to be persecuted, and become more accepting of homosexuality. Chuck becomes romantically interested in Alex after the two spend time together, but finds himself unable to get close to her because she thinks he is gay. Meanwhile, city agent Clinton Fitzer (Steve Buscemi) arrives to investigate the couple. The strain on both Larry and Chuck leads to a verbal fight and also working different shifts, although there was a petition to have Chuck and Larry thrown out of the firehouse. This prompts Larry to confront the crew about their personal embarrassments on the job that Chuck and Larry helped them overcome. After this a call goes out and before they go on the call Larry even goes as far as to say: "Oh! A fire. I hope its not a big one because the faggot who's been saving your sorry asses thanks to you is on another shift". After Larry's shift is over, Chuck and Larry reconcile their differences.

The marriage soon comes under fire, as numerous women provide testimonies as to having slept with Chuck in the recent past, and the couple is called into court to defend their marriage on charges of fraud. They are defended by Alex, and their fellow firefighters arrive in support, after they realize all Chuck and Larry done for them over the years, and how they were treating Chuck and Larry. Fitzer interrogates both men, who testify that they genuinely love each other (albeit in a platonic fashion). As his final demand, Fitzer asks for the pair to kiss to prove that their relationship is physical, but before they do so, they are interrupted by Captain Phineas J. Tucker (Dan Aykroyd), who finally reveals that their marriage is a sham and that they are both straight. Tucker attempts to save Chuck and Larry by claiming that he would have to be arrested as well, since he knew about the fakery, but failed to report it. This prompts the other firefighters to each claim a role in the wedding in a show of solidarity. However, Chuck, Larry, and the other firefighters are sent to jail, but they are quickly released after negotiating a deal to provide photos for an AIDS research benefit calendar. The deal including pleading guilty to fraud, which would reduce the charges to a misdemeanor. Two months later, Duncan and Alex's brother, Kevin (Nick Swardson) are married in Canada at the same chapel as Chuck and Larry were. At the wedding party, Larry finally moves on after the death of his wife and talks to a new woman, while Alex tentatively agrees to a dance with Chuck. The film ends when Lance Bass sings, and little Eric tap-dances.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2007-07-20 : United States of America

DVD : 2007-11-06