Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: Hairspray is Certified Fresh; Chuck And Larry is On The Rocks

How much cross-dressing and gay innuendo can one Friday handle?

by | July 19, 2007 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got straight firemen in a domestic partnership
Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
, starring
Adam Sandler,
Kevin James,
and Jessica Biel),
and John Travolta in drag (Hairspray,
also starring
Michelle Pfeiffer
Queen Latifah
, and
Amanda Bynes
). What do the critics have to say?

On a good day, Adam
is one of the funniest people on the planet. And with Punch-Drunk
and Reign Over Me, he’s proven himself to be a capable dramatic
actor as well. Unfortunately, critics say his latest,
Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
, does not represent much of a creative
advance for New Hampshire’s favorite son. Sandler and
Kevin James
star as two Brooklyn firefighters who, in a bind, pretend to be a gay couple to
qualify for domestic partnership benefits. While the film’s moral is an
admirable one (homophobia isn’t kosher), critics say Chuck and Larry
tries to have it both ways by utilizing shopworn gay stereotypes for laughs
before arriving at a preachy message of tolerance. At 21 percent on the
Tomatometer, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry has the wedding bell

Jessica Biel in Catwoman 2: The Reckoning

With all the goodwill that
John Waters’
1988 cult classic has inspired, some may have wondered if world need another
movie version of
. The answer, say critics, is a resounding yes; in fact, most
are calling it one of the summer’s best and brightest offerings.
Nikki Blonsky
stars as Tracy, a good-natured teen whose ambition is to join the cast of a
local teen dance TV show; with the help of her mom Edna (John
), she learns to love her stout self and the value of desegregation.
Critics say
‘ campy subversion may have been softened this time, but Hairspray
is still a ton of fun, featuring rousing musical numbers and sharp performances
from its all-star cast, which includes
Queen Latifah,
Michelle Pfeiffer,
Christopher Walken,
Amanda Bynes, and
James Marsden. At
93 percent on the Tomatometer, Hairspray is not only Certified Fresh,
it’s also one of the best-reviewed wide releases of the year. And it matches up
well with Waters’ original, at 94 percent.

"Stay tuned, kids: The Hackneyed Harold Show is up
next after these messages!"

Also opening this week in limited release:
Live-In Maid
, a
delicate Argentine class-conflict satire, is at 100 percent;
Your Mommy
Kills Animals
, an even-handed doc about animal rights activism featuring
interviews with
Katherine Heigl
, Moby,
and Jessica Biel, is
at 100 percent; Sunshine,
Danny Boyle’s sci-fi
tale about a crew hoping to revive the sun before it dies starring
Cillian Murphy, is
at 81 percent (check out our
interview with
Boyle here
Scrap Heaven
, an stylish examination of urban disaffection in Japan, is
at 60 percent; Cashback,
a tale of an art student who can see the world frozen in time, is at 41 percent;
and Goya’s Ghosts,
Milos Foreman’s
biopic of the great Spanish painter starring
Natalie Portman
and Javier Bardem,
is at 23 percent.

"Reignite the sun?  I was just trying to find
out where the Sly Stone concert was."

Recent Adam Sandler Movies:
63% — Reign Over Me
32% — Click (2006)
30% — The Longest
53% — Spanglish
44% — 50 First

Tag Cloud

Starz saw sopranos Tarantino movie Winners WarnerMedia comiccon PBS criterion award winner E3 posters black comedy Mudbound true crime FX 2019 1990s President target critics Sundance Now See It Skip It ABC Family action-comedy streaming movies versus based on movie adaptation Neflix foreign screenings FOX news game show CW Seed Awards A24 spinoff Ghostbusters breaking bad reviews Action toy story 45 laika Paramount Network superhero Emmys Comic Book high school 71st Emmy Awards book adaptation Lionsgate all-time Netflix Christmas movies sequel elevated horror archives MSNBC spain Classic Film south america medical drama Rock romance crime BBC One WGN ghosts ABC Thanksgiving HBO Go gangster Calendar spider-man halloween Shondaland a nightmare on elm street YouTube 72 Emmy Awards Spectrum Originals best AMC Plus free movies 90s romantic comedy nature asian-american Epix doctor who theme song OWN The Witch Image Comics Election christmas movies Trivia Podcast TV zombies Hear Us Out Hollywood Foreign Press Association aapi remakes period drama Film Festival Brie Larson young adult Legendary A&E mission: impossible Anna Paquin olympics renewed TV shows Pet Sematary Marathons Schedule historical drama worst movies Fox Searchlight politics YouTube Red Crunchyroll San Diego Comic-Con Funimation NBA Fox News halloween tv RT21 teaser CMT Trailer streaming Netflix YA ABC Signature 2016 dragons composers Toys canceled Sony Pictures legend TruTV science fiction Infographic natural history indie Polls and Games debate Pirates independent TCM nfl ITV The Arrangement Comedy Central Tubi Black Mirror nbcuniversal SundanceTV TV Land CBS All Access new star wars movies MCU mutant Apple twilight werewolf Spike LGBTQ universal monsters Britbox IFC Broadway cancelled TV series witnail Film Masterpiece Universal Pictures diversity Animation 93rd Oscars Shudder Horror Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Interview Travel Channel GLAAD The Purge aliens suspense Showtime Hallmark Christmas movies cinemax LGBT VICE die hard Cannes 2017 discovery serial killer Amazon Prime Video Turner ESPN Exclusive Video Television Critics Association transformers sag awards golden globe awards live action Captain marvel hispanic heritage month miniseries Amazon dceu scorecard fast and furious ratings international biopic films space Vudu cars Pacific Islander Biopics USA king arthur Peacock OneApp children's TV stop motion binge hispanic HBO Max cancelled TV shows golden globes Hallmark Paramount Plus Writers Guild of America ViacomCBS Reality Competition AMC RT History vs. GoT richard e. Grant Arrowverse french BBC TV renewals video on demand italian APB Cartoon Network BET Awards crime drama Character Guide directors Tags: Comedy supernatural superman royal family telelvision USA Network kong 99% Mary Tyler Moore Fargo MTV Comics on TV Valentine's Day classics Best and Worst festival obituary Extras feel good cats NBC Mary poppins Pride Month vampires documentary robots Elton John Binge Guide facebook Bravo video Premiere Dates GIFs razzies comic book movie reboot Pop TV cults Oscars TCA Awards Tumblr critic resources Rocketman art house Disney+ Disney Plus dexter 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nickelodeon Sci-Fi Apple TV+ IMDb TV godzilla live event new york Quiz The Walking Dead Prime Video comics television Rocky Chilling Adventures of Sabrina political drama Winter TV singing competition comic war TCA 2017 TIFF Trophy Talk joker Holidays 2015 4/20 IFC Films screen actors guild social media toronto Esquire rt archives comedies Discovery Channel Sneak Peek anthology zero dark thirty disaster YouTube Premium blockbuster sports psycho revenge green book Universal 79th Golden Globes Awards Academy Awards Ellie Kemper TCA NYCC harry potter psychological thriller batman Instagram Live australia leaderboard strong female leads Song of Ice and Fire Walt Disney Pictures CNN trophy prank travel Summer Countdown jurassic park Lifetime Christmas movies 20th Century Fox Box Office wonder woman series Amazon Prime First Reviews dc The CW lord of the rings Logo rom-coms Ovation football History satire Mary Poppins Returns Teen TLC Opinion sequels CBS Christmas Kids & Family VOD james bond Adult Swim cops HBO Stephen King Heroines documentaries Columbia Pictures emmy awards TBS deadpool Photos Amazon Studios Drama monster movies Disney Plus animated marvel cinematic universe popular black biography pirates of the caribbean sitcom First Look DC streaming service Pixar FX on Hulu police drama stand-up comedy Nat Geo quibi slashers latino japan parents American Society of Cinematographers Reality indiana jones dramedy boxing Musical crime thriller adenture Spring TV women spanish language cartoon Disney Channel know your critic justice league Disney streaming service National Geographic Fall TV Apple TV Plus concert Tomatazos E! BBC America TNT dark Paramount FXX Television Academy mcc Watching Series thriller Fantasy genre SXSW hollywood Music Warner Bros. 2020 SDCC kaiju Comic-Con@Home 2021 rotten movies we love Marvel comic books rt labs critics edition Food Network finale kids boxoffice TCA Winter 2020 Lifetime comic book movies child's play Superheroe talk show japanese PaleyFest Cosplay hidden camera BET canceled TV shows Baby Yoda heist movie jamie lee curtis worst stoner DC Universe Mindy Kaling Superheroes Marvel Television TV One Holiday Musicals Turner Classic Movies Sundance TV El Rey Red Carpet scary DirecTV slasher DC Comics X-Men hist rt labs mockumentary dreamworks venice rotten docuseries 73rd Emmy Awards Crackle Syfy TV movies Wes Anderson Endgame Women's History Month 21st Century Fox VH1 Black History Month Emmy Nominations Grammys casting 007 dogs Super Bowl New York Comic Con Western book Video Games mob 24 frames cooking blockbusters The Walt Disney Company trailers technology chucky tv talk franchise DGA name the review basketball Pop 2018 Comedy Lucasfilm fresh king kong BAFTA spy thriller docudrama movies blaxploitation game of thrones Set visit 2021 Dark Horse Comics spanish Martial Arts festivals scene in color HFPA Year in Review spider-verse Star Trek anime Certified Fresh ID Awards Tour adventure The Academy Freeform Rom-Com Family Sundance Creative Arts Emmys Star Wars Avengers Alien Acorn TV zombie what to watch Tokyo Olympics Nominations crossover scary movies Chernobyl cancelled cancelled television Mystery Country Disney PlayStation marvel comics Marvel Studios new zealand Hulu unscripted