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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

GREENLIGHT Reviews #158: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (with "Green Card" and "In & Out")

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Ann and Les had a lively discussion about I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007.) Ann is simply through with Adam Sandler. This is yet another movie that showcases his lack of talent. Les agrees but doesn’t come down as hard on the movie because he really enjoyed the performance of Kevin James and because he thought the last ten minutes of the film made up for the first 110. Ann, as you might imagine, doesn’t agree and furthermore she thinks that any self-respecting gay person should be outraged by this film. Meanwhile, both think the continued appearances in these films of former stars likeDan Akroyd and Richard Chamberlain is downright sad and bordering on pathetic.

For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a little but delightful film about an arranged marriage of sorts called Green Card (1990.) Andie MacDowell plays a New York artist who needs a husband to move into a couples only apartment and Gerard Depardieu plays a Frenchman (surprise!) whose visa is running out and needs an American wife to stay. Also watch for the always interesting Bebe Neuwirth. Ann recommends a film that sticks with the theme of the featured film but does so in a much more sensitive and entertaining manner. Here Kevin Kline plays a Midwestern schoolteacher engaged to another schoolteacher, played by Joan Cusack, who is dramatically “outed” by a former student, played by Matt Dillon. The film then focuses on how Kline’s character deals with this event and manages to be funny about it while not insulting. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Mr. Kline gets some help with his feelings from Tom Selleck in In & Out (1997.)

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