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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is a 2007 comedy staring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Two New York City Firefighters named 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.
After the accident, Larry worries about his death and the impact it could have on his two kids. So he pleads for Chuck to have a domestic partnership with him. Realizing that he owes him one, he agrees. People find out about the partnership and the media spreads it. Adding with the fact that Chuck is falling in love with Alex, the lawyer that supported them, the two realize that keeping their marriage together will be excruciating.
This film contains examples of:
- Actor Allusion: At one point, Chuck reads the story "The Puppy Who Lost Its Way" to Larry's kids. This book was also read to Billy (also played by Adam Sandler) in the movie Billy Madison.
- Almost Kiss
- Black Comedy Rape: 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.
- Camp Gay
- Citizenship Marriage: The insurance marriage variant.
- Depraved Homosexual
- Executive Meddling:
- Faux Yay
- Fan Service: Jessica Biel 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 Catwoman at a costume party.
- Get Back in the Closet: The reason why they decided to cut the kiss between Chuck and Larry.
- Hard Gay
- Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?
- Hello, Attorney!
- Heteronormative Crusader
- Heterosexual Life Partners: Inevitable considering Chuck and Larry did pretend to be a couple.
- Male Gaze: Alex McDonough gets this. It's one of the reasons why Chuck found it hard to keep up the charade.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Eric and Tori (Larry's kids).
- Mighty Straighty: Two straight guys are the only ones standing up to bigots at a party, in spite of all the gay guests there. The two guys later becomes gay icons.
- Ms. Fanservice: Alex played by Jessica Biel. The film and trailer makes sure to show off her breast, legs and ass.
- No Bisexuals: 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.
- Queer People Are Funny: The whole point of the movie.
- Scary Black Man: One of the firefighters. Who turns out to be gay too.
- What Could Have Been: The script was originally titled I Now Pronounce You Joe and Benny and would have paired Will Smith and Nicolas Cage together. Tom Shadyac would have directed this version, which was sidelined due to budget issues.