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3''I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry'' is a 2007 comedy starring Creator/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.
5After the accident, Larry, a recent widower, worries about his death and the impact it could have on his two kids. However, he discovers that his life insurance policy won't allow him to change his beneficiary from his deceased wife to his children due to him not experiencing a major life event. As he neglected to fill out the paperwork after his wife's death, he's left with getting remarried as the only option available to update his policy. Realizing New York legally recognizes domestic partnerships, he pleads for Chuck to have a domestic partnership with him. Realizing [[IOweYouMyLife that he owes him one]], he agrees.
7However, things get complicated when they're repeatedly investigated for potential fraud and forced to keep acting gay in public to maintain the ruse -- particularly difficult for Chuck due to his lady killer tendencies and especially his growing attraction to a lawyer, Alex, who supports and represents them. The two also begin to learn that living openly as gay men creates further complications as the two previously homophobic men are now subjected to the same persecution legitimately gay people are.
10!!This film contains examples of:
11* AlmostKiss: Twice in the film, the duo are expected to kiss. The first time, they flip out and Chuck hits Larry (they play this off as being kinky). The second time, they are expected to kiss in court to prove their love before they're interrupted by the Captain, who exposes the entire charade.
12* ArtisticLicenseLaw:
13** The entire premise of the film. Being romantically involved is ''not'' a prerequisite for two people being in a domestic partnership. If anything, the opposite is true: the agreement only recognizes that two unmarried people live together, and it's (in theory) designed for people who aren't romantic partners. The arrangement just used to be common among LGBT couples because same-sex marriage was ''illegal'' in most of the United States until 2015, so domestic partnerships were often the closest thing to marriage that they could get.
14** The movie has no apparent idea how life insurance works at all. The fake marriage is completely unnecessary as any life insurance policy would have named Larry's children as beneficiaries regardless of whether his wife was alive, life insurance beneficiaries can of course be changed at any time, and really if all Larry wanted to do was trigger a life event to change his insurance, he simply had to get married, trigger the life event to change the policy, then get divorced.
15** It's probably a good thing we're never told ''why'' Alex knows two guys who went to jail for pretending to be gay to get insurance, because that's not a crime. At all. Insurance fraud would have only been committed if Chuck and Larry actually lied about getting the partnership or getting married, which they follow all the legal requirements to do in the film.
16* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: Chuck (after a considerable amount of CharacterDevelopment) now hates the word "faggot" and he punches a religiously homophobic group member. Note that he himself had no problem referring to gays as such earlier in the film.]]
17* 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''.
18* BlackLikeMe: Chuck is a very casual homophobe, happy to toss around words like "faggot" and having offensive, stereotypical ideas of what gay people are like judging by his attempts at impersonating one. By the end of the movie, he and Larry have had to deal with genuine prejudice over their faked sexuality, and he admits how ignorant he was.
19* 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.
20* CampGay: Pretty much anyone in the movie that is ''actually'' gay is this. [[spoiler:Duncan]] doesn't start out this way, but he switches to this as soon as he comes out of the closet. One of the chief criticisms of the film was its flagrant stereotyping of the gay community despite purporting to be a message of tolerance.
21** Implied with Larry's effeminate son. Or he could be just CampStraight.
22* CitizenshipMarriage: The insurance marriage variant.
23* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Chuck points out the reason he and Larry are in this mess and committing fraud is because "Everything with Paula's name on it gets filed in the drawer under 'too painful to deal with.'
24* DepravedHomosexual: Subverted -- the movie doesn't portray one, but during the shower scene, Chuck and Larry are treated as though they are.
25* [[invoked]] DudeNotFunny: At one point Chuck and Larry sleep on Larry's former wife's bed which he hasn't done since she died. Once under the covers, Chuck decides to joke around by imitating his dead wife and claiming he "betrayed" her. Larry, unsurprisingly, isn't amused:
26-->'''Larry:''' I swear to you, I will beat you with the end table!
27* FauxYay: The premise of the film.
28* {{Fanservice}}: Alex (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.
29** Also "Dr. Honey" when she's in lingerie.
30** And the cute Asian girls Chuck has over at his pad, including Tila Tequila.
31* FictionalVideoGame: Chuck owns a "Balica"[[note]]actually a modified ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''[[/note]] arcade game.
32* GetBackInTheCloset: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss between Chuck and Larry.
33%%* HardGay
34%%* HaveIMentionedIAmGay
35* HelloAttorney: Alex is the lawyer helping out Larry and Chuck, and also the obligatory love interest for Chuck. In addition to being, you know, Jessica Biel, the movie makes sure to film her in as much MaleGaze as possible and depict her as doing things like taking her clothes off in front of clients.
36%%* HeteronormativeCrusader
37* HeterosexualLifePartners: Inevitable considering Chuck and Larry did pretend to be a couple.
38* IntimateMarks: The movie has a closeted homosexual who comes out to one of the protagonists. Later, when all the firefighters are in the shower, all the firefighters are scared of the two main characters. The closeted homosexual walks in and drops his soap. He bends over to reveal that "BAD ASS" is tattooed on his butt cheeks.
39* {{Jerkass}}: Clinton Fitzer. Granted, he was only doing his job investigating a possible fraud in Chuck and Larry's marriage, but does it justify being such an unsympathetic asshole to them?
40* LargeHam: Dan Aykroyd as the fire marshal.
41* MaleGaze: Alex [=McDonough=] gets this. It's one of the reasons why Chuck found it hard to keep up the charade.
42* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Eric and Tori (Larry's kids).
43* MistakenFromBehind: Adam Sandler's character sees a hot blonde dressed as a Playboy bunny but when he calls out she turns out to be Creator/DavidSpade.
44* MsFanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film and trailer makes sure to show off her breasts, legs and ass.
45* 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. In fact, the entire movie would be over if they simply claimed to be bisexuals in an open relationship.
46** Plus it's ''extremely'' common for men that come out later in life to have been in multiple previous opposite sex relationships, so Chuck having been revealed as having relationships ''in the past'' is completely irrelevant.
47* OnlySaneMan: Captain Tucker is the only one at the firehouse who immediately realizes that Chuck and Larry are just pretending to be a couple to take advantage of the domestic partnership loophole. He keeps quiet until the end because he wants to avoid dealing with the bureaucrats.
48* PrisonRape: Parodied when the fireman accidentally drop their soap bars in the shower room and are afraid of being molested by the duo.
49* QueerPeopleAreFunny: The whole point of the movie.
50* ScaryBlackMan: Duncan (Ving Rhames), one of the firefighters. [[spoiler: He turns out to [[MachoCamp be]] [[ArmoredClosetGay gay]] [[ManlyGay too]]. And the only reason he's "scary" is because he had to hide his sexuality, and would ''really'' become scary if he didn't come out soon.]]
51* SexinessScore: Renaldo is incredibly happy when Chuck (who's pretending to be gay) tells him he's a "10" even though Renaldo's not gay himself, he just finds it flattering that gay guys find him attractive.
52* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: After the truth of Chuck and Larry's relationship (or lack thereof) is revealed in the court, their fellow firefighters pull the IAmSpartacus card in a show of solidarity... and are all promptly arrested and thrown in jail for being accessories to Chuck and Larry's act of fraud. Fortunately for them, the state subsequently agrees not to press any charges as part of the plea bargain that sees the case resolved.
53* {{Troll}}: Chuck loves to get a rise out of others. Examples include when he says he is going to chop up the fat guy into pieces and when he pretends to be Larry's late wife's spirit.
54* WantedAGenderConformingChild: Larry is disappointed at the fact that his son, Eric, prefers tap dancing and Broadway musicals to more traditional manly interests like sports. Though he does begin to accept his son for who he is by the end of the movie.
55* {{Yellowface}}: Creator/RobSchneider appears in Yellowface, though it's Downplayed because Schneider is partly of Asian descent.