Hollywood hands us yet another regurgitation of the whole ‘guy can’t commit until he meets the girl of his dreams, but loses her because he over-commits and has to win her back with true unconditional love’ plot, with Good Luck Chuck. The film is predictable, cliche and downright adolescent in its humor. Did I mention yet that I liked it?
Charlie (Dane Cook) has become a pretty popular guy around town. Word has gotten out that whoever he sleeps with, will fall in love with and marry the next person they meet. Charlie’s friend Stu (Dan Fogler) sees this as an amazing opportunity for Charlie to sleep with as many women as possible, without any string attached. When Charlie meets his dream girl Cam (Jessica Alba) he doesn’t want things to move too fast because if he messes things up, she will fall in love with the next guy she meets.
I have always been a fan of Dane Cook’s stand-up, but just like Myspace, iPods and popped collars, it has been ages since it was the coolest thing ever. The guy hasn’t been funny in a movie since Mystery Men. Yes Dane Cook was in Mystery Men, but he wasn’t funny. I just wanted to reference Mystery Men. So, what makes Good Luck Chuck any different? I would easily argue that Jessica Alba is a worthy distraction from bad acting, and Dan Fogler is the next funniest man in Hollywood.
The film itself is nothing to write home about. It is a clumsy carbon copy of every awkward date film, and could never be compared to greats like Wedding Crashers or The 40 Year Old Virgin. Good Luck Chuck takes things that made those films great, and compliments them. The promiscuity and carelessness that was displayed in Wedding Crashers is also a theme found in this film. A fun sex montage, filled with fantastic different positions, and crazy sexual exploits fill the film, but this is all sidelined once the film begins to show some heart. Much like the supportive and sometimes abusive friends of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Dane has Fogler to pick up the slack. Fogler provides some much needed blunt humor and uncomfortable situations.
While I can’t rave about the movie, I did like it. it provided some belly laughs and some outrageous humor. It is probably the only movie since Total Recall to show a woman with more than two breasts. Also, I don’t think any other film in the history of cinema has shown a grown man going down on a stuffed penguin. So there you have it, go see Good Luck Chuck. I liked it, so you should too.
The Upside: Jessica Alba and…yeah.
The Downside: Predictable, and a scene involving a lobster.
On the Side: The movie poster for “Good Luck Chuck” is a take on a very famous â€œRolling Stoneâ€ magazine cover of Yoko Ono and John Lennon (in which John was completely naked).