Adam Sandler Controversy: Adam Sandler has had his fair share of “questionable” films throughout the years. Many people find him to be an acquired taste. You either appreciate or dislike his sense of humour. One of the films that falls into this category is 2007’s I Currently Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which is now available on Netflix in the United States. It carried controversy with it back then, and it most certainly does today.
Adam Sandler plays Chuck, a womanizer and a firefighter in the film. Larry, a firefighter who has recently lost his wife, is played by long-time co-star Kevin James. This is, indeed, a comedy. As the film begins, the two are in a burning home when Chuck becomes trapped as the floor falls. Larry is present to save his friend, prompting Larry to inform Chuck that he will repay his friend in any manner imaginable.
Larry chooses to boost his life insurance coverage as a result of the terrifying occurrence. While doing so, he learns that his policy had expired at the time of his wife’s death. The insurance company representative then proposes that Larry remarry so that he may identify her as the beneficiary. The problem is that Larry has no one in his life. Larry, on the other hand, has an idea.
Larry applies his notion to Adam Sandler’s character after reading about domestic relationships in the media. They form a civil union and form a domestic partnership so Chuck may be Larry’s beneficiary since Larry thinks Chuck will do the right thing for his two children. Of course, Chuck is against the notion. That is, until Larry reminds him of Chuck’s pledge to repay him however he can.
Chuck ultimately accepts, and the two form a domestic relationship. Everything appears to be in order until detectives arrive to investigate possible fraud. Chuck and Larry then employ a lovely lawyer, Alex (played by Jessica Biel), who proposes they have a formal wedding to demonstrate their love and dedication. They do.
As time passes, Adam Sandler’s character develops feelings for Alex, but because he is “gay” and “married,” Alex just views him as a wonderful friend. They ultimately share a kiss, which surprises Alex the most and causes her to pull away from Chuck. Meanwhile, Chuck and Larry’s relationship is put to the test when the firehouse learns about their marriage. They are rejected by everyone, except for one formidable firefighter, Fred (Ving Rhames), who confides in Chuck and Larry that he is homosexual but has never felt comfortable telling anybody.
When Chuck and Larry’s actual secret is uncovered, life gets even more complex, and Larry’s life insurance policy is once again under threat. Many of the usual suspects appear in this surprisingly unfunny Adam Sandler flick. Steve Buscemi, Nick Swardson, Allen Covert, Dave Matthews, Dan Patrick, and even David Spade and Rob Schneider make uncredited cameos.
The problem with the film is that it isn’t as hilarious as it might be. In reality, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the film was severely panned, with most critics focusing on how homophobic the Dennis Dugan-directed film is. “It’s a set-up as confused as the sexual politics of this mortifying would-be comedy,” writes Stephen Garrett of Time Out,
while Mike Massie of Gone with the Twins finds it “quite lukewarm when it comes to questioning standard images of homosexuality in a generic, humorous milieu.”Duggan was given $85 million for this effort at comedy, and the film made $187 million at the box office and was number one during its first weekend of release.
Adam Sandler Early Life
Adam Sandler was born on September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, NY. The family relocated to Manchester, New Hampshire when Adam was six years old. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1988. Adam started acting professionally before college, making cameo appearances in The Cosby Program and on the MTV game show Remote Control. After graduating he started obtaining intermittent film appearances in movies like 1989’s Going Overboard.
Across this time he began doing standup comedy around the country. He was recognized by Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host Dennis Miller after a performing in Los Angeles. Miller suggested Sandler to SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels. In 1990 Adam was recruited as a writer on SNL. He joined as a cast member the following year and rapidly became popular for a variety of roles.
In the off season, Adam continued to feature in films. He appears in the 1993 movie Coneheads and the 1994 movie Airheads. In 1995 he starred in what was his first starring endeavor, the soon-to-be-classic Billy Madison. Billy Madison was a surprising smash, generating $26 million on a budget of $10 million.
Also in 1995, Adam and cast member Chris Farley were both sacked from SNL. It was unexpected and unexplained by the producers, but on the good side, they were freed up to pursue cinema careers full-time.