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Like so many other Adam Sandler movies, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY ($30) took a trouncing by film critics, but still managed to score with movie audiences. Politically incorrect, with something to offend everyone, not to mention an Average Joe level of comic crudeness, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY turned out to be exactly the kind of I was expecting. I know we live in enlighten times, so I have to use the disclaimer that I wasnít proud of myself, but I laughed at this movie on quite a few occasions. The humor has all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the groin, but if you find that kind of stuff funny (and fortunately, I do), you should appreciated I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY.

The premise of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY finds Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the title roles as a pair of New York City firemen, who are also best friends. Larry Valentine (James) is a widower raising two children, while Chuck Levine (Sandler) is a life-long bachelor who chases anything in a skirt. As a result of his extended period of morning for his deceased wife, Larry missed the window of time that would have allowed him to name his children as his beneficiaries with the city. Now thanks to the bureaucracy, the only way Larry can make the necessary change is to remarry. Of course, Larry hasnít spoken to a woman since his wife died, let alone being anywhere near ready to marry one, so he decides to exploit a loophole by taking advantage of the status granted to a domestic partner. Having recently saved Chuckís life, Larry guilts his best friend into agreeing to become his "domestic partner" on paper.

Of course, the city decides verify the legitimacy of their domestic partnership and the two are forced to pass themselves off a gay couple. To help legitimatize their domestic partnership they hire lawyer Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel) to assist them. As expected, Chuck is attracted to the lovely Alex, but needs to keep up the charade of being a gay man, once tenacious city investigator Clinton Fitzer (Steve Buscemi) begins sniffing around. Look for actor Ving Rhames to provide the film with one of its funniest characterizations. The cast of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY also features Dan Aykroyd, Nicholas Turturro, Allen Covert, Rachel Dratch, Richard Chamberlain, Nick Swardson, Blake Clark, Mary Pat Gleason, Matt Winston, Lance Bass, Dave Matthews, Rob Corddry, Robert Smigel, Richard Kline, Gary Valentine, Jonathan Loughran, Peter Dante, J.D. Donaruma, Cole Morgen, Shelby Adamowsky, Becky O'Donohue, Jessie O'Donohue, Chandra West, Dennis Dugan and uncredited bits from Rob Schneider and David Spade.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. No complaints here for the 1080p presentation, as I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY is an attractive looking comedy. Sure, this isnít a demo title, but comedies seldom are. The image is rather sharp, nicely dimensional and offers a good level of fine detail, especially in close-ups. Colors are attractive and nicely saturated. The blacks and whites are on the money, while the contrast and shadow come across very well. The elements from which I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY have been transferred appear free from blemishes. There is a mild veneer of grain throughout the course of the presentation, which helps maintain an organic quality.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. No surprises, this is a fairly standard, talky comedy mix. The outlying channels see occasional active effects, but for the most part, the sound is locked front and center. Music will engage to provide the forward soundstage with a stereo presence. As for the surround channels, they provide the usual complement of ambience and musical fill. The musical component has good fidelity, but there arenít that many times when the sound effects require all that much convincing. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish DTS 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements. Starting things off are two running Audio Commentaries included on the Blu-ray Disc; the first is with director Denis Dugan, while the second features Dugan again, along with actors Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Universal's U-Control interface is utilized for an interactive version of the movie that provides in context picture-in-picture, pop-up supplements (requires a Profile 1.1 player). A Friendship Test is about all that falls under the auspices of the U-Control .

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY isnít going to be to everyoneís liking, but it made me laugh quite a few times. The Blu-ray presentation is quite good, but this type of comedy material doesnít tax hi-def reproduction capabilities. If you like the movie, you canít go wrong with the Blu-ray.



I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry [Blu-ray] (2007)


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