Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. 75
    Funny in the juvenile, crass way we expect.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Tremendously savvy in its stupid way, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is as eloquent as "Brokeback Mountain," and even more radical.
  3. 63
    Broad and badly made but sporadically inspired, "Chuck and Larry" is still an amazing improvement over "License to Wed," this month's other wedding comedy.
  4. The curious thing here is that Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor rewrote this long-in-development screenplay. Yet the authors of such smart comedies as "Sideways," "About Schmidt" and "Citizen Ruth" can't move the film away from the world of easy laughs and sitcom jokes into a realm where sexual prejudices and presumptions get examined in a whimsical yet insightful manner.
  5. 60
    If nothing else, Chuck & Larry should open up a whole new career path for the ineffably funny, unselfconsciously buck-naked Ving Rhames as an übermacho firefighter who’s been sitting on a little secret of his own.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    The kind of buddy comedy Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau might have starred in 40 years ago, when the material would have felt less dated, if no less silly.
  7. Essentially, Chuck & Larry is an oafish chance for audiences to laugh at gay-bashing jokes and then feel morally redeemed for doing so -- courtesy of an obligatory wrap-up scene that reminds us that homosexuals are humans, too.
  8. The film is half rutting goat, half preacher.
  9. Directed with his usual flair for the obvious by Dennis Dugan ("The Benchwarmers), "Chuck and Larry" has the nowness factor of a Polish joke. Does anybody laugh at this stuff anymore?
  10. The moral of this crude, intermittently funny Adam Sandler comedy costarring the reliable Kevin James is that: It's OK to be gay, it's not OK to call someone a faggot, and it takes a real man to admit he loves his man pal.
  11. Despite the fact that the movie covers some new cinematic territory, much of the humor feels recycled, mostly from the "Seinfeld" episodes "The Boyfriend" (the one where Jerry has a man crush on Keith Hernandez) and "The Outing."
  12. 50
    There's nothing here to appreciate for anyone who isn't a Sandler fan and, unfortunately, too little even for those who have dubbed themselves lifelong supporters.
  13. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    50
    Somewhere between its loutish humour and laudable sentiments are the traces of a good buddy movie that could, at the very least, have been harmless summer fun.
  14. Reviewed by: Lisa Rose
    50
    The troubling thing about "Chuck & Larry" is the hypocrisy. It's a comedy that ridicules the people it's supposed to be championing.
  15. It's kind of like "Tootsie," only without the drag. Or the class. Or the laughs.
  16. 50
    With its tepid gags and faltering pacing, may not be a very good movie. But at least, within its clumsiness, it strives for some kind of solidarity.
  17. Sporadically funny, casually sexist, blithely racist and about as visually sophisticated as a parking-garage surveillance video.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    If only the laughs were bigger, smarter and more frequent than they are.
  19. Myself, I felt victimized by the stereotype shtick of reliably grating Rob Schneider as a Canadian-Japanese wedding-chapel minister from SNL castoff hell. But maybe that's just because this movie encourages sensitivity by hitting everyone over the head with its humor hammer.
  20. 42
    If it doesn't look ridiculous now, try watching it again in a decade or three. Then it'll be funny for all the wrong reasons.
  21. 40
    Fails to deliver on its main promise of big laughs, which is the film's truly unforgivable sin.
  22. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    38
    In what can only be described as a throwback to the awkward "gay" farces of the 1970s and '80s -- think "The Ritz" and "Partners -- this painfully uncomfortable buddy comedy trips all over itself to say something positive while still managing to offend. Worse still, it's just not funny.
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    A movie that gives marriage, homosexuality, friendship, firefighters, children and nearly everything else a bad name.
  24. Plays like some uninformed seventh-grader's view of gay men.
  25. Formulaic 'Chuck & Larry' is a crass, unfulfilling effort.
  26. 25
    No comedy this year can beat this dud for mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.
  27. 25
    The movie isn't insulting to homosexuals but to comedy.
  28. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    25
    So go on, pay your ten bucks and get your hate on.
  29. 10
    So remarkably free of laughs I might as well have been watching John Wayne Gacy’s home movies.
  30. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    10
    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.
  31. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    0
    A movie full of weak moments, contrived to the point of painful.
  32. 0
    More than anything Chuck and Larry shows just how flaccid American movie comedy has become now that "Saturday Night Live" has replaced vaudeville as our comedy college.
  33. Comedy that seems designed to be as bad as it can be.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 20 out of 43
  1. May 27, 2013
    6
    If you don't take the movie seriously and forget how farfetched it might seem, it comes across as a solid comedy that walks a fine line on gay comedy.
  2. Jan 2, 2013
    7
    I am suprised that both critics and users rated it so low. It was funny and it was a very cute movie and this is coming from a guy. I really enjoyed watching it. Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2011
    7
    I think what killed the film (for critics and viewers alike) was that it took on a realistic issue and it showed the issue for exactly what it was - Complete bs. It was nice to see Sandler and James as a duo together and they played their parts very well. There were also quite a few funny (but at times generic) scenes too. I liked this movie and I am suprised that more people dont.

    The only bad side to it is that it does get a little boring and cheesey. Besides that, It was a rather solid film.
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