I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
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|Name:||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry|
|Abbreviation(s):||Chuck & Larry|
|Production companies:||Relativity Media, Shady Acres Entertainment, Happy Madison Productions|
|Release date:||July 12, 2007|
|External links:||at IMDb|
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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a 2007 American buddy comedy film created by Tom Shadyac and based in A treatment by Lew Gallo. Tom Shadyac was attached to direct, with Will Smith and Nicolas Cage or James Gandolfini as the leads. Budget issues resulted in this version falling through. At one point, the film was considered for a Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson vehicle.
Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James)[note 1] are the pride of the Brooklyn Fire Department, and are also very friendly and willing to help each other. Chuck is grateful to Larry for saving his life at work and only thinks about enjoying life, preferably with many women, which he manages to do with astonishing effectiveness.
Larry, on the other hand, is worried about the future and, due to bureaucratic problems, is unable to place his two children as beneficiaries of his life insurance. Because of this Larry asks Chuck to be his partner in some forms, and no one else will know about it. However, a zealous bureaucrat is suspicious of the couple, which means that they have to reveal themselves to the city and improvise as a passionate couple, who live under the same roof.
The co-writer Jim Taylor and co-screenwriter Alexander Payne disowned the film, claiming Sandler changed too much of his and Jim Taylor's script from a tasteful Black Comedy with more sincere socio-political commentary about homophobia into something "offensive, homophobic, and generally stupid." Payne even unsuccessfully attempted to get his name removed from the credits.
But the critics were not only against the final version signed by Sandler, because in 99 when the first version of the film entitled "I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny" was announced, The Advocate[note 2] magazine made it very clear how stereotypes of straight men playing at being gay can be funny to the media, but not to the LGBT Community.
The good news: Macho stars Nicolas Cage and Will Smith will reportedly star as a gay couple in an upcoming film. The bad news: They're not really gay. In director Tom Shadyac's I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny, the duo play firefighters who “marry" to get same-sex partner benefits – not love. Along with this fall's Happy, Texas, which features a pair of straight escaped cons posing as gay lovers, Joe and Benny revives the comedy cliché that says it's hilarious when straight characters – especially macho men – pretend to be gay. Hollywood would probably love for us to laugh along, but while the joke may work in the short run, too many us of remember how unfunny Three's Company reruns are.
Coincidentally, some viewers, following the line of reasoning that perhaps the Cage and Smith version could have been better, left their outrage online about the version produced by Sandler. Like the case of user metalyger on a Reddit discussion forum about the 99 script.
That's weird. I wonder what that would have been like. I couldn't even finish Chuck And Larry, I thought it was unfunny and too homophobic, like the point being "let's make gay jokes, and redeem the characters at the end so we were being tolerate all along, right guys?!" But maybe in 1999, with better stars, it could have worked better.
The specialized critic and Asian Communities also they said that the character played by Rob Schneider is a racist depiction of Asians and he was also negatively received by the depiction known as ”yellowface“.
Other criticisms address the fact that the film uses homophobic stereotypes such as the trope Black Comedy Rape[note 3] because 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.
The trope Fake/Pretend Relationship already quite popular among the fandom and its fanworks has always been explored, but with the release of the film many authors started to use its script as the basis of their works, making then I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry' a kind of AU where they could develop their plots. Not all of them obviously made it clear that they had been inspired by the film to do so.
However, even with so many works based on the plot of the film and the trope used in it, it wasn't until April 8, 2016 that it was posted in FFN the one-shot with 639 words Art Imitates Life by Zighana and later in February 27, 2021 A Ring is Like a Circle: It Goes on Forever by ominous_snail_cult at AO3 a longfic with 56K words are developed in the universe of the work, using the characters Chuck and Larry as a focus.
- Art Imitates Life by Zighana, Chuck and Larry watch Faking It with their kids. Hilarity ensues. Chuck/Larry fluff
- A Ring is Like a Circle: It Goes on Forever by ominous_snail_cult, When Larry asked Chuck to have a domestic partnership with him, Chuck he was hesitant, but eventually complied. If anything happened to Larry in their line of duty, he needed someone to take care of the kids, and though the situation wasn't ideal, he'd do anything for his best friend. All he had to do was sign a few papers, right? But when they send someone ever to investigate their partnerships, they have to pretend to actually be married. To be GAY married. To pretend to be in love! But as they get so caught up in it, Chuck is starting to find it very easy to pretend, and he starts catching feelings for his best friend. Unknowingly, Larry is also finding it easy to pretend. (Basically, a rewrite of "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" but how I wanted it to go. Less offensive, gayer... Like all things should be.)
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- In the 1999 version, Will Smith as Benjamin "Benny" Lewis and Nicolas Cage as Joseph "Joe" Valentino according to "I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny (2000) Fan Casting on myCast". 2021-11-04. Archived from the original on 2022-02-23.
- The Advocate' is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.
- Rape is not something funny, however it is often used as a humorous trope in some types of works, for more information read: Black Comedy Rape at Tropedia.
- "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry / Trivia - TV Tropes". Archived from the original on 2022-02-23.
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- "I, Nicolas Cage, take thee, Will Smith". The Advocate. Here. 1999-05-25. p. 22. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
- "metalyger comments on TIL that the original 1999 draft of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry". Archived from the original on 2022-02-15.
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