Review Date: February 05, 2008
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Barry Fanaro, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Producers: Adam Sandler, Tom Shadyac, Jack Giarraputo
Adam Sandler as Chuck
Kevin James as Larry
Jessica Biel as Alex
And to further that point, Sandler continues his bizarre fascination with having ultra-gorgeous women as his girlfriends in his movies, but it’s not just a play for Biel in this one, but rather a bevy of Hooters chicks and all other kinds of hotties, many of which he apparently beds at the same time? (including yet another ultra-gorgeous doctor from a hospital) Listen, I’m a guy, I’m a horndog, we post hottie chicks on our website all the time, but this is a movie and you’re a character that we, as an audience, are supposed to believe, right? No offense, but Sandler nailing all of these ultra-hot chicks (together) while being a basic looking shlub of a fireman is a little beyond belief, in my humble opinion. Granted, if I were in his place, I would cast the same chicks and all, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right for the film. Add to that, many unfunny situations and characters (Rob Schneider, the “gay” son, Steve Buscemi, etc…), a plotline that ultimately ends up in a courtroom where they actually try and make it a little serious, zero chemistry or believability between Sandler and Biel (and she must be the dumbest AND best looking lawyer I have ever seen in movies or in real life!) and there isn’t much in this movie that makes it worth your while to even reach into your pocket to see if you even have enough change to see it.
That said, I’m giving it a 4/10 because Jessica Biel is about as hot as hot can be, and for her boobs and ass alone (neither of which she showcases in the buff, incidentally, but trust me, kids…they’re still well worth the rental – thank me later), the film gets three marks. The other point goes to a few chuckles I had along the way, including the postman’s exchange, Ving Rhames’ character and a couple of odd jokes that worked here and there. But overall, this film isn’t fun to watch, isn’t very up-to-date (still filled with stereotypical gay characters, although at some point, it felt like they were making everyone in the film gay) and doesn’t really have anything interesting or deep to say. The film’s screenplay felt like it had been hiding in Sandler’s own closet for a few years and somehow he thought the time was right to make it now. Bad decision, bre. Even stranger is the fact that the great Alexander Payne of ELECTION, ABOUT SCHMIDT and SIDEWAYS fame is credited as one of the screenwriters of this dreck. Wow-wow-wee!