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Everything you need

to know about

I NOW

PRONOUNCE YOU

CHUCK &

LARRY

A call for equality

and respect

This presentation by

David Bruce

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SSYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

Two best friends Chuck Levine (Adam Sandler) and

Larry Valentine (Kevin James) pretend to be a gay

couple to receive domestic partner benefits.


CAST

The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform

Adam Sandler as Chuck Levine

Kevin James as Larry Valentine

Jessica Biel as Alex McDonough

Steve Buscemi as Clinton Fitzer

Dan Aykroyd as Captain P. Tucker

Nick Turturro as Tony

Richard Chamberlain as Councilman Banks

Ving Rhames as Duncan


CREW

Our Artists Are

Our Liberators

Directed by DENNIS DUGAN

Screenplay by BARRY FANARO ,

ALEXANDER PAYNE, JIM TAYLOR

Produced by TOM SHADYAC

Director of Photography

DEAN SEMLER, ACS, ASC

Film Editor JEFF GOURSON

Music by

RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS


CAST

ADAM SANDLER

(Chuck Levine, Produced by)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in

Manchester, New Hampshire, Sandler's first

brush with comedy came at age 17, with a

performance at a Boston comedy club. From

then on he was hooked, performing regularly

in comedy clubs throughout the state, while

earning a degree in fine arts from New York

University.

Sandler made his motion picture debut in

Coneheads, opposite Dan Aykroyd and Jane

Curtin. He has gone on to become an almost

self-contained mini-studio, involved in all

aspects of film production. Happy Gilmore

was one of the most successful movies of

1996.

Actors are

Liberators Unaware


CAST

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry,

get angry, and even think.

JESSICA BIEL

(Alex McDonough)

In her free time, Biel is active

with the Make the Difference

Network, a nonprofit

organization she started with

her father. MTDN is a "national

wish list" where people can

search, find and fund specific

wishes and needs that have

been listed by nonprofit

organizations. Through MTDN,

Biel has become involved in

such charities as Serving

Those Who Serve, Best

Friends Animal Sanctuary and

PETA. Her hobbies include

ballet, soccer, running, yoga

and hiking with her dogs, Tina

and Tevy.


DIRECTOR

Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,

Not Just Entertainers

DENNIS DUGAN

Dugan has made a career as a

television and film director, and

appears in cameo parts in many of his

films. Films directed by Dennis Dugan

include the 1990 John Ritter comedy

Problem Child (with Dugan appearing

as an All-American dad), the 2001

comedy Saving Silverman starring Jack

Black, Steve Zahn, Amanda Peet and

Dugan as a referee, the 2003 Martin

Lawrence/Steve Zahn comedy National

Security, and the 1996 and 1999 Adam

Sandler comedies Happy Gilmore (in

which Dugan plays Doug Thompson,

the golf tour supervisor) and Big Daddy

(with Dugan as a man who reluctantly

gives candy to a trick-or-treating

Julian). Dugan has directed episodes of

such television series as Moonlighting,

Ally McBeal, and NYPD Blue.


TRIVIA AND NEWS

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

The film was screened prior to release

for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against

Defamation (GLAAD). GLAAD

representative Damon Romine told

Entertainment Weekly magazine:

"The movie has some of the expected

stereotypes, but in its own disarming

way, it's a call for equality and

respect.”

The movie bears similarities with the

Australian movie Strange Bedfellows

which stars Paul Hogan about two

middle-aged volunteer firemen who

register as a gay couple for federal

benefits, then suddenly have to prove

their relationship to an Australian

Taxation Office investigator.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are

Transforming

The pride of their Brooklyn fire station, Chuck Levine

(Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) are two guys'

guys-always side-by-side and willing to do anything for

each other. Salt-of-the-earth widower Larry wants just

one thing: to protect his family.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

His buddy Chuck also wants one thing: to

enjoy the single life. Grateful Chuck owes

Larry for saving his life on the job, and Larry

calls in that favor big time when civic red

tape prevents him from naming his own two

kids as his life insurance beneficiaries. All

that Chuck has to do is claim to be Larry's

domestic partner on some city forms. Easy.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Nobody will ever know. But when an overzealous, spotchecking

bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new

couple's arrangement becomes a citywide issue and

goes from confidential to front-page news.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and

Larry must now fumble through a hilarious charade of

domestic bliss under one roof. And after surviving their

mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure,

the well-intentioned con men discover that sticking

together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

JESSICA BIEL (Blade: Trinity, The Illusionist) also stars

in the film as Alex McDonough, the attorney who both

assists Chuck and Larry with their precarious situation

and proves irresistible to Chuck.


CRITICAL OPINION

Lame sit-com that will deter no

one who loves Adam Sandler.

--Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood

Reporter

Tremendously savvy in its

stupid way

--Nathan Lee, Village Voice

The film is embarrassing at best,

--Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve

Their vulgar self-congratulation

compromises their goodwill.

--Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Free Artistic Expression is

a Mark of a Free Society


FILM REVIEW

By David Bruce

So what is the bottom line in this

comedy about gay marriage between to

straight men?

A GLAAD representative Damon Romine

said:

"The movie has some of the expected

stereotypes, but in its own disarming

way, it's a call for equality and respect.”

Similarly Nathan Lee of the Village Voice

comments that it “exploits gay

stereotypes even as it mounts (from

behind) an ingenious dismantling of

homophobia.”

Art is the Language

of Liberation

In the midst of lack luster reviews,

perhaps the greatest contribution this

film can make is in its challenge to

respect those who are different from us,

---regardless of who that might be.


DEALING WITH HOMOPHOBIA

“Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are

angels of light, support, guidance, healing and

defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels.

And we have names for them: racism, sexism,

homophobia are all demons - but they're not out

there.”

--Matthew Fox, Episcopal priest and author

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-

Semitism and other forms of bigotry in

that it seeks to dehumanize a large group

of people, to deny their humanity, their

dignity and personhood.”

--Coretta Scott King

Society is only as free as its arts.

Art is the voice of human freedom.


RESPECTING

DIFFERENCES

Art is a

Liberating Force

The costumes illustrate a point: In the end we are all

separate: our stories, no matter how similar, come to a

fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because

of our similarities, but it is our differences we must

learn to respect.


WE ALL HAVE

UNIQUE LIFE STORIES

To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict

the very Nature of the Creator

The multicultural

minister at the

wedding chapel seems

to have mixed, but fun,

background story. It

should reminds us:

“Their story, yours and

mine - it's what we all

carry with us on this

trip we take, and we

owe it to each other to

respect our stories and

learn from them”


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