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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

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Source: Catholic News Service

Brooklyn firefighters Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and Larry Valentine (Kevin James) pose as a gay couple to qualify for domestic partnership benefits in a crude exercise that makes a mockery of comedy more than matrimony. Homophobic and yet pro-gay marriage, the harsh and raunchy movie is overly long and inadequately funny, as three screenwriters and director Dennis Dugan strain to cover all the bases with lifeless and predictable tangents. Pervasive sexual content and references, frequent crude and crass language, one instance of profanity, vulgar gestures, some bathroom humor, fondling of a woman's breasts, rear male nudity, much skimpy female costuming, frequent racial, gender and homophobic slurs, a drug reference, and much violence including fisticuffs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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