Tom's Recommended Film of the Week
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
I Watch a lot of movies. If a new release looks interesting I'll watch it eventually. Sometimes I don't expect much, sometimes I'm anticipating too much. That colors my post viewing opinion of a film. For instance, when I watched Stuck on You, I thought it would be pretty bad, so when it was really well done I was most impressed. On the other hand I was anxiously anticipating a good film when I watched Smokin' Aces, so my dissappointment mas multiplyed by a factor of my anticipation when the film fell flat.
This weeks film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, was one of those films I didn't expect too much from. I like Adam Sandler very much in most of his films, and being an Everybody Loves Raymond fan, I think Kevin James has been wonderful on his TV stints on that show and his own show, The King of Queens. They created my interest in this film, but I expected the writing to take the low road and go for the cheap laughs without offering any higher elements. Never-the-less it seemed worth a try.
Lucky for me the writing team included Alexander Payne, who wrote and directed two of my favorite edgy humor films, Election and Sideways. Payne was an excellent choice to create a film with heart and outstanding humor. So I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry was a pleasant surpirse, with compassion and plenty of big laughs to keep any viewer interested and entertained.