Oh No They Didn’t: Friday’s Review Rage

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Adam Sandler and Kevin James: Bombing Theaters NowEvery week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is just about as entertaining as it looks from the trailer. Which is to say, it’s like punching your face full of staples.

“FDNWHY? Laughless comedy isn’t a gay time.” — The New York Post

“[The] script that trots out every f*g joke — yes, even dropping the soap — and then tells us how wrong it is to laugh. No comedy this year can beat this dud for mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.” — Rolling Stone

“It’s not much of an achievement these days for a movie to disparage one or another ethnic group, race, religion, political party or sexual orientation. Some, like Borat, managed to offend several. In under two hours, the synthetic, insufferable I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry manages to insult gays, straights, men, women, children, African-Americans, Asians, pastors, mailmen, insurance adjusters, firemen, doctors — and fans of show music. That’s championship stuff.” — The Wall Street Journal

“In a feeble attempt to show how he’s grown more sensitive near the movie’s end, Chuck announces that he realizes that offensive terms hurt people and should be avoided. Perhaps he attended the same attitude rehab as Isaiah Washington?” — USA Today

“That an inane Adam Sandler comedy of lowest-common-denominator gags could rile me up this much just makes me want to cry. It’s almost ugly enough to be considered a perverse work of art.” — Premiere

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