Published Jul 19, 2007Id tell you that this Adam Sandler disgrace is at cross-purposes with itself but really its not: the film is totally at one with the idea of cheap, gay-bashing humour and in getting "progressive points at the same time, the only side effect being that it shreds any viable representation of what it means to be gay or even just gay positive.
For those who must know, Sandler is lady-killing Chuck to Kevin Jamess widowed family man Larry. Due to a technicality, Larry has just lost the ability to shift his pension benefits to his children, which is a problem, as Chuck and Larry are firemen who risk their lives daily. So they do the honourable thing and get married, which proves delicate when a) the fraud squad investigates their sham arrangement and b) the lawyer they hire to help them turns out to be lust object Jessica Biel.
Though the filmmakers would like you to believe that theyre nouveau frat boys with nothing but goodwill in their hearts, they still resort to every gay panic/flaming queen/femmy-men-are-funny joke in the handbook, throwing in women to demean as well in one wearying sequence, a Japanese justice of the peace played by Rob Schneider. But this doesnt stop them from grandstanding for the cause in the most shallow and noncommittal ways possible, going so far as to make the felonious duo a cause célèbre for the gay community.
Its a neat trick to become heroes to the same people you treat like shit but Adam Sandler is just the sort of selfless champion to use his seething macho aggression to reach across societys lines and play both ends against the middle. Not that theres anything wrong with that. (Universal)