Good Luck Chuck

"Weak"

Good Luck Chuck Review


Despite what the marketing folks would have you believe, Good Luck Chuck is not, in fact, an average guy/beautiful klutz romantic comedy, and it's pretty baffling that this is how they choose to sell it. Sure, Jessica Alba plays an endearing young girl who regularly gets the crap beat out of her in elaborate ways, but that's a rather irrelevant aspect to her character. Plus, that totally misses the point of what the movie is actually about: sex.

There is (very) slightly more to it, I suppose: Charming, commitmentphobe dentist Charlie (Dane Cook) is attempting to romance the reluctantly interested Cam (Jessica Alba). But the real snag in the relationship is Charlie's curse/good fortune to be a lucky charm for the lovelorn -- women sleep with him, and find their one true love with the next guy they date. So after Charlie takes advantage of his abilities by plowing his way through half of the population of Seattle, he begins to see the curse when he wants to both sleep with Cam and also get to be her one true love.

This does make for some funny moments -- though the funniest part is the opening 10 minutes, there were many times throughout where I laughed more than anticipated, and unexpected bits of cleverness came through with surprising frequency. There is nothing too lowbrow or too obvious to work for a laugh from Good Luck Chuck; any joke they can find, the filmmakers will use, from gross-out humor involving the obese and acne-ridden to slapstick involved in beaning a pretty girl in the face a bunch of times. Similarly, subtlety is not in the film's vocabulary, as joke after joke goes well past the point of decency. This is not a movie that takes its R rating lightly, nor will it be enjoyed by those squeamish about anything physical, sexual, or gastrointestinal.

Good Luck Chuck is hardly a good movie, though clearly nothing with a protracted (and creative!) sex montage is aiming for Citizen Kane status. Rather, it's essentially a somewhat entertaining juvenile male wish fulfillment romantic comedy. The supporting players, including an array of essentially faceless female sexual conquests, Cam's pothead brother (Lonny Ross) and Charlie's breast-obsessed, lewd, plastic surgeon best friend (Dan Fogler), all give Good Luck Chuck a certain college-kid sensibility. The attempts to be true to the romantic comedy genre, though well-intentioned, are similarly occluded by a frat boy mentality; there is no Meg Ryan date movie, for instance, that rests on the theory that it still counts as monogamy if you sleep with other people for your girlfriend.

So if it's too sophomoric and lewd to really be an endearing romantic comedy, yet way too clichéd and sappy to appeal to the juvenile young man crowd, then for whom, exactly, is this movie supposed to be for? Theoretically, if there are enough folks out there who are mad about the idea of a klutzy-but-sexy Jessica Alba, or there is a hidden market of fans of simplistic, outlandish man-boy humor and the women who love them, then Good Luck Chuck could be the perfect date movie. Barring those crowds, though, it's really just made for folks looking for a few laughs and not much else. It's possible, I suppose, that the film could have been better with a higher caliber of actor; both Cook and Alba are likable enough and entertaining enough, but neither is exceptionally talented. But in reality, this is a blow-to-the-crotch, boobie-shot kind of comedy, and there was little chance of it being anything more.

Send us a copy of the pic, OK?



Good Luck Chuck

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st September 2007

Box Office USA: $35.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $53.8M

Budget: $25M

Distributed by: Lionsgate Films

Production compaines: Lionsgate, Karz Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
Fresh: 6 Rotten: 108

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mark Helfrich

Producer: Tracey E. Edmonds, Russell Hollander, , Barry Katz, Brian Volk-Weiss

Starring: as Cam Wexler, as Dr. Charlie Logan, as Dr. Stu Kaminsky, Lonny Ross as Joe, Ellia English as Reba, as Carol, Chiara Zanni as Bride, Carrie Fleming as Dirty Talker

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Advertisement
Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.