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12th Jan '13 12:32:52 PM MarkLungo
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''I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'' is a 2007 comedy staring AdamSandler and Kevin James. Two New York City Firefighters named [[ThoseTwoGuys Chuck (Sandler) and Larry (James)]] do a routine sweep of a building. Falling debris showers over Chuck, but Larry uses his body to shield him. As Chuck is saved, he tells Larry that he'll repay him with any favor.

After the accident, Larry worries about his death and the impact it could have on his two kids. So he pleads for Chuck to have a domestic partnership with him. Realizing [[IOweYouMyLife that he owes him one]], he agrees. People find out about the partnership and the media spreads it. Adding with the fact that Chuck is falling in love with Alex, the lawyer that supported them, the two realize that keeping their marriage together will be excruciating.
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'''This film contains examples of:'''
* ActorAllusion: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie BillyMadison.
* AlmostKiss
* BlackComedyRape: There was an entire scene that was just the guys' coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''.
* ButNotTooGay: Despite that this movie is completely centered upon the issues of homosexuals and gay marriage, the one line they could not cross was having Chuck and Larry actually kiss. They wanted to do this, but the MPAA threatened to give the movie an R-rating if they did ([[DoubleStandard despite heterosexual kisses not even being considered to be PG-13]]), so they had to pass on that idea in the interests of marketability.
* CampGay
* CitizenshipMarriage: The insurance marriage variant.
* DepravedHomosexual
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The writer of the screenplay, Alexander Payne, claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. Lots of changes.
** Chuck and Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. [[MoralGuardians The MPAA]] threatened to [[GetBackInTheCloset give them an R-rating]] unless they [[AlmostKiss subverted it]].
* FauxYay
* FanService: Creator/JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as ComicBook/Catwoman at a costume party.
* GetBackInTheCloset: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss between Chuck and Larry.
* HardGay
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay
* HelloAttorney
* HeteronormativeCrusader
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Inevitable considering Chuck and Larry did pretend to be a couple.
* MaleGaze: Alex [=McDonough=] gets this. It's one of the reasons why Chuck found it [[IncrediblyLamePun hard]] to keep up the charade.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Eric and Tori (Larry's kids).
* [[MightyWhitey Mighty Straighty]]: Two straight guys are the only ones standing up to bigots at a party, in spite of all the gay guests there. The two guys later becomes gay icons.
* MsFanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film and trailer makes sure to show off her breast, legs and ass.
* NoBisexuals: The entire climax is of Chuck getting in trouble because he was "caught" being in prior relationships with women. The idea of bisexuality was never even implied as a possibility.
** Truth in Television. Considering the amount of erasure and invisibility bisexual men face, it's probable that: a) it didn't even occur to Chuck that he could say he was bi and b) most people wouldn't have believed him anyway.
** Until, during the trial, one of the characters (after Chuck and Larry are caught lying under oath) saying that it doesn't matter if one is "gay, straight, bisexual, trisexual, or the thing with the girl who ties you up and tickles you with the balloon."
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: The whole point of the movie.
* ScaryBlackMan: One of the firefighters. [[spoiler: Who turns out to [[MachoCamp be]] [[ArmoredClosetGay gay]] [[ManlyGay too.]]]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The script was originally titled ''I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny'' and would have paired WillSmith and NicolasCage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version, which was sidelined due to budget issues.
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''I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry'' is a 2007 comedy staring AdamSandler and Kevin James. Two New York City Firefighters named [[ThoseTwoGuys Chuck (Sandler) and Larry (James)]] do a routine sweep of a building. Falling debris showers over Chuck, but Larry uses his body to shield him. As Chuck is saved, he tells Larry that he'll repay him with any favor.

After the accident, Larry worries about his death and the impact it could have on his two kids. So he pleads for Chuck to have a domestic partnership with him. Realizing [[IOweYouMyLife that he owes him one]], he agrees. People find out about the partnership and the media spreads it. Adding with the fact that Chuck is falling in love with Alex, the lawyer that supported them, the two realize that keeping their marriage together will be excruciating.
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'''This film contains examples of:'''
* ActorAllusion: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie BillyMadison.
* AlmostKiss
* BlackComedyRape: There was an entire scene that was just the guys' coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''.
* ButNotTooGay: Despite that this movie is completely centered upon the issues of homosexuals and gay marriage, the one line they could not cross was having Chuck and Larry actually kiss. They wanted to do this, but the MPAA threatened to give the movie an R-rating if they did ([[DoubleStandard despite heterosexual kisses not even being considered to be PG-13]]), so they had to pass on that idea in the interests of marketability.
* CampGay
* CitizenshipMarriage: The insurance marriage variant.
* DepravedHomosexual
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The writer of the screenplay, Alexander Payne, claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. Lots of changes.
** Chuck and Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. [[MoralGuardians The MPAA]] threatened to [[GetBackInTheCloset give them an R-rating]] unless they [[AlmostKiss subverted it]].
* FauxYay
* FanService: Creator/JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as ComicBook/Catwoman at a costume party.
* GetBackInTheCloset: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss between Chuck and Larry.
* HardGay
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay
* HelloAttorney
* HeteronormativeCrusader
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Inevitable considering Chuck and Larry did pretend to be a couple.
* MaleGaze: Alex [=McDonough=] gets this. It's one of the reasons why Chuck found it [[IncrediblyLamePun hard]] to keep up the charade.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Eric and Tori (Larry's kids).
* [[MightyWhitey Mighty Straighty]]: Two straight guys are the only ones standing up to bigots at a party, in spite of all the gay guests there. The two guys later becomes gay icons.
* MsFanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film and trailer makes sure to show off her breast, legs and ass.
* NoBisexuals: The entire climax is of Chuck getting in trouble because he was "caught" being in prior relationships with women. The idea of bisexuality was never even implied as a possibility.
** Truth in Television. Considering the amount of erasure and invisibility bisexual men face, it's probable that: a) it didn't even occur to Chuck that he could say he was bi and b) most people wouldn't have believed him anyway.
** Until, during the trial, one of the characters (after Chuck and Larry are caught lying under oath) saying that it doesn't matter if one is "gay, straight, bisexual, trisexual, or the thing with the girl who ties you up and tickles you with the balloon."
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: The whole point of the movie.
* ScaryBlackMan: One of the firefighters. [[spoiler: Who turns out to [[MachoCamp be]] [[ArmoredClosetGay gay]] [[ManlyGay too.]]]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The script was originally titled ''I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny'' and would have paired WillSmith and NicolasCage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version, which was sidelined due to budget issues.
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23rd Nov '12 8:51:05 PM Aiguille
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* FanService: Creator/JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] at a costume party.

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* FanService: Creator/JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] ComicBook/Catwoman at a costume party.
12th Nov '12 8:37:53 PM CoraReynolds
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** Truth in Television. Considering the amount of erasure and invisibility bisexual men face, it's probable that: a) it didn't even occur to Chuck that he could say he was bi and b) most people wouldn't have believed him anyway.
7th Nov '12 6:52:49 PM fourshade
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* ButNotTooGay: Despite that this movie is completely centered upon the issues of homosexuals and gay marriage, the one line they could not cross was having Chuck and Larry actually kiss. They wanted to do this, but the MPAA threatened to give the movie an R-rating if they did ([[DoubleStandard despite heterosexual kisses not even being considered to be PG-13]]), so they had to pass on that idea in the interests of marketability.
9th Oct '12 5:32:14 PM MarkLungo
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* FanService: JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] at a costume party.

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* FanService: JessicaBiel Creator/JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] at a costume party.
27th Jul '12 4:57:00 PM NoirOkami
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** Until, during the trial, one of the characters (after Chuck and Larry are caught lying under oath) saying that it doesn't matter if one is "gay, straight, bisexual, trisexual, or the thing with the girl who ties you up and tickles you with the balloon."
26th May '12 1:01:55 PM Nocturna
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* BlackComedyRape: There was an entire scene that was just the guys' coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''.



* RapeAsComedy: There was an entire scene that was just the guys coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''.
7th May '12 11:22:15 PM Buscemi
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The script was originally titled ''I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny'' and would have paired WillSmith and NicolasCage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The script was originally titled ''I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny'' and would have paired WillSmith and NicolasCage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version.version, which was sidelined due to budget issues.
7th May '12 11:21:50 PM Buscemi
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Added DiffLines:

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The script was originally titled ''I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny'' and would have paired WillSmith and NicolasCage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version.
24th Apr '12 9:45:43 AM whizzerd
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* ActorAllusion: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie BillyMadison.



* CampGay:

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* CampGay:CampGay



* {{Cowboy BeBop At His Computer}}: During the trial, Larry's son referred to Chuck and Larry's relationship as being like Will and Grace. Will and Jack would have been more accurate.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Fridge Brilliance]]: Not necessarily. Chuck is like Grace in some ways (self-centered, occasionally abrasive, talks a LOT, refuses to take blame for anything), while Larry is like Will (neurotic, obsessive, lonely). Most tellingly, Will and Grace are best friends but NOT lovers....just like Chuck and Larry.
*** The entire movie. It's almost like they un-ironically 'learned' things about gay people by watching a FamilyGuy episode.



* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The writer of the screenplay, Alexander Payne, claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. Lots of changes.
** Chuck and Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. [[MoralGuardians The MPAA]] threatened to [[GetBackInTheCloset give them an R-rating]] unless they [[AlmostKiss subverted it]].



* FanService: [[JessicaBiel Jessica Biel]] in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] at a costume party. 'Nuff said.
* GetBackInTheCloset: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss.

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* FanService: [[JessicaBiel Jessica Biel]] JessicaBiel in a couple scenes. Bra and panties in one, with a gratuitous shot of her walking away after getting felt up by Sandler. Also as [[CatWoman Catwoman]] at a costume party. 'Nuff said.
party.
* GetBackInTheCloset: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss.kiss between Chuck and Larry.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Hey, they did pretend to be a couple. It was inevitable.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Hey, they Inevitable considering Chuck and Larry did pretend to be a couple. It was inevitable.couple.



* [[MightyWhitey Mighty Straighty]]: Two straight guys are the only ones standing up to bigots at a party, in spite of all the gay guests there. The two guys later becomes gay icons. The bigot scene is even more mindnumbing when you realize that the movie is set in present day New York, not only set in a liberal era in a liberal city, it's in the very city where the US GLBT movement was born, with the Stonewall Riot.
** And judging by the signs the bigots are toting ("Fear the Queer"), they aren't standing up to anyone with influence, but the in-universe equivalent of the [[{{Troll}} Westboro Baptist Church]].
* MsFanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film makes sure to show off her breast, legs and ass.
** The trailer even shows off her [[IncrediblyLamePun assets]], most likely to reel in the male demographic.

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* [[MightyWhitey Mighty Straighty]]: Two straight guys are the only ones standing up to bigots at a party, in spite of all the gay guests there. The two guys later becomes gay icons. The bigot scene is even more mindnumbing when you realize that the movie is set in present day New York, not only set in a liberal era in a liberal city, it's in the very city where the US GLBT movement was born, with the Stonewall Riot.
** And judging by the signs the bigots are toting ("Fear the Queer"), they aren't standing up to anyone with influence, but the in-universe equivalent of the [[{{Troll}} Westboro Baptist Church]].
icons.
* MsFanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film and trailer makes sure to show off her breast, legs and ass.
** The trailer even shows off her [[IncrediblyLamePun assets]], most likely to reel in the male demographic.
ass.



* QueerPeopleAreFunny: the whole point of the movie.
* [[ExecutiveMeddling Sandler Meddling]]: The writer of the screenplay - Alexander Payne! - claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. ''Lots'' of changes. The writer decides to bail since he couldn't accept what Sandler did to his screenplay.
** Which might explain why the movie is so ironically homophobic.
** Chuck & Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. [[MoralGuardians The MPAA]] threatened to [[GetBackInTheCloset give them an R-rating]] unless they [[AlmostKiss subverted it]].
* RapeAsComedy: There was an entire ''scene'' that was just the guys coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''. Nice to know the only way to act like an authentic gay man is to act like a rapist.
* ScaryBlackMan: One of the firefighters.
** [[spoiler: And of course, [[MachoCamp he's]] [[ArmoredClosetGay gay]] [[ManlyGay too.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:If he didn't come out, he would have been even ''more'' scarier.]]
* ShoutOut: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie [[BillyMadison Billy Madison]].

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* QueerPeopleAreFunny: the The whole point of the movie.
* [[ExecutiveMeddling Sandler Meddling]]: The writer of the screenplay - Alexander Payne! - claimed that Sandler made changes to his scripts. ''Lots'' of changes. The writer decides to bail since he couldn't accept what Sandler did to his screenplay.
** Which might explain why the movie is so ironically homophobic.
** Chuck & Larry originally kissed in the courtroom scene. [[MoralGuardians The MPAA]] threatened to [[GetBackInTheCloset give them an R-rating]] unless they [[AlmostKiss subverted it]].
* RapeAsComedy: There was an entire ''scene'' scene that was just the guys coworkers being scared to shower because Chuck and Larry might rape them, with them acting as if they actually ''might''. Nice to know the only way to act like an authentic gay man is to act like a rapist.
''might''.
* ScaryBlackMan: One of the firefighters.
**
firefighters. [[spoiler: And of course, Who turns out to [[MachoCamp he's]] be]] [[ArmoredClosetGay gay]] [[ManlyGay too.]]]]
*** [[spoiler:If he didn't come out, he would have been even ''more'' scarier.]]
* ShoutOut: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie [[BillyMadison Billy Madison]].
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