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Good Luck Chuck seems to be one of those films that is hyped up when it is in the cinema and released on DVD, but once that's over you don't even remember it, well I was lucky to find this little gem in Blockbuster hiding behind some American Pie films and rightly so as this film is very similar to the American Pie franchise with lots of nudity and a somewhat farfetched story, which centres around the nudity, giving it even more reason to show nudity. However unlike the American Pie films this Good Luck Chuck does have a somewhat reasonable story behind it and it was quite enjoyable to watch as there typically is a reason for the nudity (unlike in American Pie). So this film is definitely enjoyable to watch, however unquestionably not for everyone, as a lot of critics would agree with me back in 2007 (when the film was released).
The story begins in a quick flashback in 1985 where young Chuck is playing spin the bottle during a boy/girl party; the bottle indicates who does the 7 minutes of heaven in a closet. Chuck is paired with a Goth girl who is in love with him, however Chuck wants nothing to do with her, which results in her placing a curse on Chuck, to never have any luck with women. Back in the present day Chuck begins to realise (through numerous hints from women he's dated) that whoever he has sex with, the next person they date will fall in love with them and get married. Through his friends Stu's advice he begins to take advantage as lots of beautiful woman suddenly want to have sex with him, it is going well until he realises that he loves a girl he met previously in the film, and begins to date her, but realises that if he has sex with her, the next person she meets, she will fall in love with and marry, so Chuck is stuck in a bit of a relationship pickle.
===Thoughts on Story===
Like I mentioned previously, the story is quite original and I've never seen this sort of plot used in such a context, however it seems that the story was tailor made to have a nudity or sex scene even other scene which made it slightly tiresome to which except for the fact that it also contains a lot of comedy and funny situations as well as every scene with Stu, seemed to make me either laugh or at least smile as the character is really funny. Apart from the whole aspect of the story which made it have countless nudity scenes and sex scenes, this story is pretty good and I really enjoyed watching it and it made me laugh a lot, so it for fills its duties as a comedy, and despite all the nudity it does have quite a romantic story between Chuck and Cam (girl he falls in love with), so it has earned its title as a Romantic Comedy.
The film's main actor is Dane Cook, who I've not seen in anything but he has been in a number of comedy roles in films such as Employee of the Month and Dan in Real Life (Made after Good Luck Chuck), but he is mainly a stand-up comedian, however he is quite dull in Good Luck Chuck, although he does have some funny bits here and there, the majority of the comedy is provided by Dan Fogler who plays Stu, who is always funny to watch even during serious moments in the film, his acting here was excellent and really reminded me of Jonah Hill in Superbad (played Seth). But the most famous face in this film is Jessica Alba who played Cam, her performance is also excellent but mainly realise on situational humour as her character is really clumsy, but in all is an excellent fit for the character.
===High Nudity Content & Age Rating===
As I've mentioned a few times, this film has a lot of nudity in it as well as strong language as some minor drug use, which give this film a 15 age certificate, so I wouldn't recommend showing this film to your younger family members as it is quite graphic.
This film seems to have gotten quite a lot of negative reviews by the majority of the reviewing official and general community, Metacritic shows that the film has an overall review score of 19 out of 100, a lot of critics disliked this film because of its somewhat mindless entertainment approach, however in all the public quite liked it as its pretty much doubled its budget in revenue and was one of the highest grossing films when it came out in 2007. Even though it has a low score, this film is great when taking in a very open minded approach.
Even though the majority of the review public disliked it, I loved this film with its very simplistic story and well cast and funny actors, I laughed and loved this film and if you enjoyed watching the American Pies (or at least 1 or 2 of them), you'd probably love this too.
Good Luck Chuck is a smash hit comedy and is rated a 15 because it contains strong sex, sex references, bad language and drug use. the film is about a mna called Chuck (Dane Cook) he is the unluckiest person in the world however he is also the luckiest man in the world this was all because when Chuck was a small boy he was hexed by a crazy goth girl at a party. his curse was that he would never find love. at an ex girlfriends wedding he disscovers that every girl hes slept with has found there soul mate with the next person they meet. the reason why he becomes lucky is because Chuck has a reputation as " the good luck charm" he has sexy women lining up and even his receptionist waiting for a quickie so then can find there true love but Chuck finds his true love a dorky and clumsy penguin lover called Cam (Jessica Alba) but he knows if she sleeps with her then she will be with him no more he becomes desperate to break the curse and is willing to do anything and anyone to break it. overall this is a great film and a good buy however you have to be over the age 15 to buy it.
I have never been very much into Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey types of movies. The humor is childish, unintellectual, predictive...you want me to go on?... Based on this I did not anticipate a great movie when I bought Good Luck Chuck from www.play.com. I thought it would go straight into the above mentioned categories. I was caught off guard!
I thought the movie was hilarious!
Yes, it is goofy, and in no way highly intellectual. But it made me laugh! It was not as predictive as you would expect, and it had just the right amount of craziness. It did not go over the top, and kept me entertained for the full 98 minutes.
In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie Logan has to break the curse that has made him wildly popular with single women: Sleep with Charlie once, and the next man you meet will be your true love.
Good Luck Chuck is an extremely funny movie and I watched it recently. Starring Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, this romantic comedy was released a few years back now.
The movie begins with Chuck played by Dane Cook who is the main character in the film. We find out that Chuck gets around with the ladies so to speak. He is highly sought after by many women in his life. His best friend Stu played by Dan Fogler has done a little research on his relationships and found out that all of Chuck's sex partners have gone on to get married after having sex with him. And each time it's been their very next love in their life. We then find out than an evil curse was bestowed on Chuck as a little boy when he failed to please a girl in a children's game called 7 minutes to heaven. So it seems that all these women are sleeping with Chuck in order to find their next true love and get married.
The movie gets interesting when Cam played by Jessican Alba appears as a penguin trainer at the local aquarium. However, unlike most women she is not obssessed with Chuck. Instead it's the other way round. After alot of effort and persuasion she agrees to go out with Chuck on one date. This is where the fun really begins and can he avoid the woman he has fallen for finding someone else and getting married after being with him?
The homour in the movie is pretty subtle but hilarious nonetheless. There are some moments when you will laugh out loud at the scenes. For me this film best caters for the teenage age groups and also young adults. The humour is crude at times but still great.
Overall, I would definately recommend Good Luck Chuck. I thought that Jessican Alba and Dane Cook were great in thier respective roles and made a great team and their relationship was believable. The running time is just under two hours which to be honest with you is just about perfect as it doesn't really drag too much. You could do worse than watch this movie as I thought it was very funny.
Good Luck Chuck was not a film I thought I would watch, as it was put in the same category as Superbad, which I turned off halfway through, however I found myself watching it a lot!
** The Plot **
It is based around Charlie "Chuck" Logan (played by the lovely Dane cook!). Chuck was cursed when he was a teen with a hex. The hex prevents Chuck from finding true love, not only that but when he and his girlfriend finish, they end up finding the love of their lives straight after, just to rub salt into the wound! For a while, Chuck's best friend Stu (Dan Fogler) convinces him that its the best thing in the world, as he gets lines of beautiful women lining up to sleep with him so that they can find the men of their dreams. It seems the perfect plan, until Chuck falls for klutzy Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba). Chuck thinks that Cam is "The One" and doesnt want her to find the man of her dreams elsewhere, so he has to woo (yes I said woo!) her without sleeping with her.
I absolutely loved this film, as I said before its not generally my idea of fun but I really took to it. One of the best things is that, yes, Jessica Alba is stunning, but she is also brilliant at the physical comedy, and had me laughing out loud at many moments. There are definitely some cringeworthy moments, and a lot of "bloke" humour, but I really enjoyed it.
Good Luck Chuck is a romantic comedy film originally released in 2007. It stars the rather attractive Jessica Alba who most people don't mind watching (especially guys like me) and also Dane Cook. It was not well received by film critics after its original release. It is a rather funny and enjoyable film if you don't expect anything clever and moving but is also not anywhere near great.
The film stars Charlie Logan -Chuck (Cook). After an incident when he was younger a girl places a curse on him. This curse has made him wildly popular with single women: Sleep with Chuck once, and the next man you meet will be your true love and you will get married. The basic idea of the film is that Chuck is a "good luck charm" lover. This means that women will find their "one true love" after having sex with him. Chuck however falls for the girl of his dreams in the shape of Cam (Alba). Can he somehow reverse the curse and have a future with Cam?
Good Luck Chuck is essentially your typical guy meets girl, guy falls in love with girl, guy messes it up and girl gets mad, guy has to try and win girl back sort of film.
Keep your expectations low and you'll enjoy 'Good Luck Chuck.' Overall, the movie is quite generic and predictable. Cook and Alba do good jobs with a paper thin script and add some great moments with their slapstick and silly style moments. They are supported by the rather crude and slightly over the top friend of Chuck named Stu(Dan Fogler).If you like sexual comedy, then you'll love this movie, if not, then you probably wont enjoy it.If your a fan of Superbad, this movie is similar with its crude jokes and sexual references and you may well enjoy this also. Although it is probably not as good as original as Superbad. It's not completely bad but quite average really and watchable if you can get over some of the flaws and the slight crudeness in its presenation.
Directed by : Mark Helfrich
Produced by: Mike Karz
Written by: Josh Stolberg
Music by: Aaron Zigman
Cinematography: Anthony B. Richmond
Editing by: Julia Wong
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Release date(s): September 21, 2007
Running time: 101 min.
This is the second time that I have tried to watch this film, I actually got to the end this time! The first time I was bored after about 15 minutes but my husband convinced me to give it another go.
I think the main thing that put me off was that after the first 10 minutes you know what's going to happen and how the whole film will pan out. Chuck (Dane Cook )is a good luck charm , basically once a girl breaks up with him the next person they date they end up falling in love with . This is down to a curse put on him when he was a kid playing spin the bottle.
All really unbelievable and the acting is shaky at best, so what kept me watching? Chuck's best friend in the movie Stu played by Dan fogler and for me he kept the film going! He is a plastic surgeon who enjoys his job giving women breast implants a little too much.
Jessica Alba as Cam is also quite funny and her physical comedy did make me laugh as an accident prone penguin carer , but it all got a bit samey towards the end . It was a similar genre as Knocked up and The wedding crashers but none of it was executed as well.
All in all ok watch depending on your mood - if you get a better offer take it, if not watch it, it's mildly entertaining.
In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie Logan has to break the curse that has made him wildly popular with single women: Sleep with Charlie once, and the next man you meet will be your true love.
The story begins in 1985 when 10 year old Charlie (or Chuck to his friends) and best friend Stu are at a party playing a game of spin the bottle/ 10 minutes in paradise (a cupboard). On Chuck's spin it points at a Goth looking girl, once in the cupboard Chuck spurns her advances so the girl puts a hex on him, love will be all around him but all he'll get is pain.
Skip to present day. Chuck is now a dentistand Stu a reconstructive surgeon specialising in boob jobs. Chuck gets dumped by his most recent girlfriend, Carol as because he won't say the words she longs to hear "I love you". He won't say it if he doesn't feel it.
While attending the wedding of another of his ex's the bride raises a toast to Chuck as her lucky charm because not longewr after she broke up with him she found true love with her husband. It's also at this wedding where Chuck briefly meets Cam Wexler, a very clumsy, penguin obsessed yet amazingly beautiful girl.
Days after the wedding Chuck's dental surgery is suddenly full of women wanting appointments and his answering machine is full of message off women wanting to date him. when he does actually go on a date the woman in qustion just wants to sleep with him so she meet the love her life next but this is interrupted by a phone call from Cam needing a dentist.
After treating her Cam refuses to date to Chuck as she has heard about his reputation with the ladies so Chuck encouraged by friend Stu decides that he'll just sleep around offering a public service. Chuck doesn't believe that he is infact a lucky charm for women and cursed himself so when he and cam do eventually get close he needs to test the theory before taking her to bed.
Charlie - Dane Cook (my Best Friend's Girl)
Stu - Dan Fogler (Balls Of Fury)
Cam- Jessica Alba (Sin City)
Director : Mark Helfrich
I do think that the the storyline is quite a good one but this film doesn't live up to potential, I feel there is so much more that could've been done to make it more entertaining.
A lot of the laughs are mainly visual coming from Cam's accidents rather than the script but there are few funny lines in the movie.
tYou may noticed that the cast list in this review is rather short, thats mainly beacuse there are so many bit part actors in this film, I've only mentioned the ones relevent to the plot.
during the middle of the film while Cam refuses to date chuck little happens and when chuck decided to do a service to women everywhere all that happens is we see Chuck having sex with loads of women and loads of breasts.
It's fun in parts and midly entertaining but the ending of the film is very predictable and has been done to death now.
Overall I think this film will appeal to hetrosexual boys/men in their teens or early twenty's, there's more sex in it than romance so fans of romcoms will not be blown away by it.
All in all it was ok, it passed a bit of time but it's not very memorable, I won't be adding it to my DVD collection and I won't be watching it again.
Although it maybe worth mentioning that by boyfriend liked it a lot.
Running Time 96 mins
Please not this is a film only review which is why I have not mentioned the extra's.
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I bought this film a while ago when it was on offer but it has been sat in a draw for the past couple of months as i had heard mixed reviews about it and found myself watching other films first. Anyway last night i decided to give it a go as i was in the mood for a lighthearted comedy. And i'm glad i did. Theres films that make you chuckle all the way through them then theres the films that make you laugh out loud every now and again. For me this film did both and i was pleasantly surprised.
Charlie aka Chuck is a guy who was hexed by a goth girl at a party when he was a teenager, the curse was that he would never find love & that every girl he was with would fall in love and marry the next guy she met. When this started to happen to Chuck he just thought it was a stupid coincidence and couldnt believe all the girls lining up to get a piece of the action. Chucks friend Dr Stu whos a perverse cosmetic surgeon thinks its great and encourages him to give the ladies what they want. When Chuck meets the clumsy penquin enthusiast Cam he realises that the curse is real and needs to break it. And he's prepared to do anything to make this happen.
Chuck (Dane Cook)
Cam (Jessica Alba)
Stu (Dan Fogler)
Reba (Ellia English)
Young Chuck (Connor Price)
Young Stu (Troy Gentile)
Goth Girl (Sasha Pieterse)
I laughed throughout the whole of this film and thought it was well put together. In parts i was close to tears from laughing so hard. There are also some its that make you look away for a sec in disgust but it still makes for a good a laugh. The thing i like about this film (apart from it being hilarious) was that the main charactor was good looking in a non obvious way & the girls that he hooked up with throughout the film were not just tall stunning models with big boobs. There was big girls, slim girls, small boobs, big boobs, blondes, brunettes and red heads.
I would most certainly recommend this film to anyone with a sense of humour, its a light hearted, non serious film that fills 98 minutes nicely.
The film is:
It contains strong sex, sex references, language and drug use.
Special features include deleted scenes, Real life 'Good Luck Chuck', Audio commentary, Music montage, hidden easter eggs and many more.
Good Luck Chuck
I have to say, the first thing that attracted me to this movie was the fact that Jessica Alba was in it. No, I don't like girls but I do think she is quite pretty and was interested to see her in this film. I had heard a bit about it when it came out but didn't really know much about it.
It is classified as a romantic comedy, another reason why I wanted to see it as I love "Chick Flicks" and was released in 2007. The title character Chuck is something of a good luck charm and it seems to conclude that after a woman sleeps with him, the next guy she meets will be her one true love and they will end up marrying and living happily ever after. I think it is a bit of a stretch for a plot as to me it didn't really seem believable but I guess that was the premise of the film anyway. Chuck refuses to believe this for a while but only starts to think it is true when he meets his true love, Cam, played by Jessica Alba.
Apparently this happened to Chuck after a girl placed a hex on him way back when they were only kids. She really liked him but he had no interest so she did this to retaliate.
Chuck is played by Dane Cook, not a very well known actor but fairly cute. He is actually a stand up comedian and has appeared in quite a few similar movies such as Employee of the Month with Jessica Simpson and My Best Friend's Girl. Maybe he is better at stand up but I didn't really find him that funny, it was more goofy, spoof comedy which I don't really like that much.
Parts of this movie are also quite crude which I didn't really see too much of a point in. There's one scene where to prove a point he has to sleep with a really huge, really ugly girl and it's just not something I really want to see even if most of her assets were all makeup. Also, there is quite a bit of graphic sex in this movie so definitely not one for the kids. I guess it did add to the story line but it was maybe a bit too much.
Jessica Alba was ok in this film, not great. She played a character that works in a penguin habitat and has quite a clumsy persona. I was not quite sure why this was part of the story and it didn't really seem to work in my opinion. I guess they were just looking for her to be quirky and this is what they came up with.
Chuck and Cam get together but of course there is always drama as Chuck begins to realise that the curse may be real and so panics which thus makes Cam not trust him and so the film follows the usual chick flick pattern of great in the beginning, have a disagreement, do a romantic gesture, get back together, live happily ever after. There is quite a cute scene in the end where he gives her a gift that is relevant to what she does but I saw this coming miles off way at the beginning of the film and so was quite predictable.
All in all, there are better romantic comedies out there by a mile so if I were you I would skip this one.
After finding "Good luck Chuck" sitting about in the flat, me and the fella decided to give it a watch.
This isnt something I would have gone to the cinema to see, or even rented, but as it was there, I thought I would give it a go.
Chuck, after being hexed by a scorn crush when he was young, has a strange effect on women. As soon as they sleep with him, they then go on to marry then next man they meet.
This is no problem for Chuck, as he gets to have lots of sex once word gets out that he is a *lucky charm* for women, but, when he meets someone he actually likes, he begins to worry that she too will marry the next man she meets.
Stars= Dane Cook as Chuck, Jessica Alba as Cam, and Dan Fogle as Stu.
What I thought about....
The story, and the entire plot, was evident after about 5 minutes. It didnt take a brain surgeon to work out what was going to happen.
I know that films like this can sometimes be a little predictable, but the way that the story was laid out, made watching the ending completely pointless.
The premise was very simple, and could have been quite funny, had it not been portrayed in such a slapdash, simplistic, and sometimes entirely offensive way.
Firstly, when Chuck discovers that he is a *magic charm*, and that women all find the man they want to marry after sleeping with him, they flock to him. Do all women really want to get married so badly? This film seems to think so. Are all women willing to sleep with an acne pocked greasy haired idiot to find the man they want to marry? This film seems to think so.
Really. It was as if the screenwriters, directors and producers had never actually met a woman before.
All the women in the film were either portrayed as big busty skimpily clothed man eaters, or ugly fat losers.
Where was the middle ground? No where.
The sidekick character, Stu, who is best friends with Chuck is particularly repulsive as far as his attitude toward women is concerned. He seems to think that Chuck should tak advantage of all of these women sleeping with him. He seems to think it the best damned idea in the world. So follows a montage of Chuck having sex with dozens and dozens of women, including his dental assistant, who is older, overweight, and apparently desperate for a man.
Chuck sleeps with said assistant in what is supposed to be a touching moment.
Who would lower themselves to sleeping with someone just so that they could meet someone else? Moral intergrity is completely lacking in this film.
Nudity and crass humour is abundant and badly handled. A fake pair of boobs is shown every ten minutes, and the message seems to be *the bigger the better*. Which isnt a particularly good message to women.
I found the scenes involving Stu masturbating into a water melon utterly vile, and completely pointless. It was like they were trying to steal a well known gimmic from "American Pie" and rehash it, just to get a laugh. It didnt really work though.
So, I dont very often comment on the makeup in an every day run of the mill film, but, one of the things that put me off this film the most was the terrible skin of 99.9 % of the cast.
I dont know whether it was because of the way they filmed it, or whether it was down to shoddy makeup artistry, but all of the cast had appallingly pock marked skin. Even the usually pretty Jessica Alba appeared to have a terrible case of acne.
Whilst this isnt the worst sin in the world, I did find it very very distracting.
The acting was appalling.
Dane Cook as title role Chuck was completely emotionally unstable. He didnt seem to have a clue who his character was, and launched from one extreme to the next. The character was utterly unlikeable, and, as i said before, I was endlessly distracted by his terrible skin, and greasy hair.
Dan Fogle was completely uninspiring as sidekick Stu. None of his lines were funny, and none of his actions were endearing.
Jessica Alba, although beautiful, had nothing to contribute. Any number of young decent looking actresses could have played this part with more gusto.
Albas winning smile, and goofy antics were no where near enough to save the film, and ended up appearing trite andoveracted.
Give it a miss. There are much better films in this genre (such as "superbad","Forgetting sarah marshall""Knocked up"). Do yourself a favour, and go and see a comedy with a little intelligence, and a little thought put into it.
This was, quite honestly, one of the worst films I have ever had the displeasure to see, and I wouldnt particularly want to inflict it upon anyon else.
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Good Luck Chuck is the 2007 romantic comedy starring Dane Cook & Jessica Alba. It was released 21st September 2007. The film had a budget of $25,000,000 & grossed an estimated $53,821,887 at the box office. It runs for approximately 101 minutes & is rated 15.
The film didn't do well with the critics & if you've seen this movie then you'll probably understand why, it's extremely crude. Only 3% of critics gave this film a good review & one critic said it was 'potty-mouthed and brain-damaged'.
Good Luck Chuck is directed by Mark Helfrich. This was his first delve into the world of directing as previous he has worked as a cinema editor, editing films like; Showgirls, Rush Hour, Money Talks & he also worked with Madonna on her 1999 music video 'Beautiful Stranger'.
Dane Cook who plays the lead in this movie Charlie is an up & coming actor who you may recognise from films like My Best Friend's Girl, Mr Brooks or Employee Of The Month. All relatively successful films.
Jessica Alba plays the other lead in the film as Cam, the stunning but clumsy girl who meets Charlie at a wedding. Jessica Alba is a lot more well known than Dane Cook from starring in numerous films such as; The Eye, Sin City, Into The Blue, Honey, Awake & The Fantastic Four. All were box office hits. She was named sexiest female celebrity in 2007 by Victoria's secret.
Good Luck Chuck is the story of a Charlie (Dane Cook) a man who's irresistible to women but in a strange coincidence he discovers that after a one night stand with him the women then go on to find their perfect partner. He thinks this is just a coincidence & doesn't mean anything but gradually after seeing so many of his ex lovers happily married to the man of their dreams he starts to believe that he may be a lucky charm.
Charlie meets Cam at the wedding of a mutual friend & the two of them hit it off straight away however Cam is reluctant to go out with him. It turns out that she's incredibly clumsy & accident prone & feels that once Charlie sees this he wont be interested, however she's wrong. He's really into her & after persuading her to go on a date they get on brilliantly & share a kiss. Once word gets round that Charlie's a lucky charm women begin to throw themselves at him & for a while he enjoys it (what guy wouldn't?!) but he soon realises that it's Cam he wants. Him & a friend decide to test his theory to see if he's a lucky charm & it looks like he isn't so he sleeps with Cam only to find out the next morning that his test subject has now found the man of her dreams. He panics, he doesn't want to lose Cam so he needs to find a way to stop her from leaving him & falling for the next guy she meets.
I recently watched this with a friend one evening & to be honest I wasn't all that keen however we watched it anyway & it is entertaining however it's incredibly crude & stupid & the idea of a 'lucky charm' is very far-fetched & not believable in the slightest. I tend not to like gross-out comedies like & Good Luck Chuck is definitely no exception to the rule. As I said, it is entertaining but it's incredibly crude & most, if not all of the gags just aren't funny in the slightest. I would recommend this only to teenage boys who like this kind of thing & of course having Jessica Alba in it would be a bonus for them! I can only imagine teenage boys enjoying this film. It's just a silly gross-out comedy that it mildly entertaining.
This movie has an endless list of extras on the DVD which is a nice touch but I'm afraid it doesn't give the film any extra brownie points. The DVD includes;
Alternative & Extended Scenes
Hidden Easter Eggs
Good Luck Chuck is available from play.com for a ridiculously high £13.99. This film has been out on DVD for quite a while now & this is extremely over-priced. I would definitely not recommed paying £13.99 for a film of this disappointment. If you're really that keen on seeing it then I suggest you rent it, at least you'll be able to get rid of it after a day or two!
When I first witnessed the trailers for Good Luck Chuck, I really looked forward to seeing the finished film as they looked sure to be part of a real good movie. Brought out in 2007, this fell into the romantic comedy category and starred two very good actors, in the shape of Dane Cook and Jessica Alba.
As hoped and predicted, I thouroughly enjoyed this film and have since watched it many times over. It brings together an interesting story, which manages to be different from most other rom-coms, and adds a whole load of frantically funny moments which combine together to be one of the best romantic comedys I have ever seen.
Basically, Charlie (Dane Cook) believes a spell has been put on him that means every girl he is with, with find love and marriage with the next guy they meet. Things seem hunky dory until he meets Cam (Jessica Alba). He deeply falls for her and obviously does not want her to marry the next guy she meets. Trying to restrain himself from seeing her, he tries to find the best way he can to keep the her and not let her become another by-product of his misfortunate spell.
Thinking back, I suppose the basis of this plot does seem a little strange, but trust me, when you see the film, it will all gel together nicely in an hour and half or so of intense laughter.
Dane Cook also starred in semi-similar film Employee of the Month, and from liking both of these films I can tell he seems to really fit this sort of character, meaning the acting on his part was excellent and he fit in well with the films asking role. He was a very entertaining character to watch, and proved to be extremely funny in parts.
He also worked well with Jessica Alba, the woman he actually falls for. Having enjoyed her in Sin City, and Fantastic Four, I figured I would enjoy her part of the film. To be truthful, I did enjoy her performance, but I reluctantly must add, I preferred her as Nancy Callahan in Sin City. Nevertheless, she kind of suited the role given, although being a bit of a dippy character didn't seem to work magic with her.
Dan Fogler is the real comic of the show, who plays Chucks best friend in the film. He is the sort of best friend you stereotypically see in a lot of films, a large-curly-haired-sex-addict. He adds a real aspect of humour and you will find yourself laughing out loud at this character on numerous occasions.
This film was quite enjoyable, and also a one that can be watched over and over, without having to put it away and forget about before you re-watch. As a romantic comedy, not the best film available, but as a film in general, I thought it was very good and well worth a watch.
Director: Mark Helfrich
Screenplay: Josh Stolberg
Short Story: Steve Glenn
Genre: Comedy - Romance
Released: 17th March, 2008 (DVD)
Dane Cook (Dr. Charlie Logan)
Dan Fogler (Dr. Stu Kaminsky)
Jessica Alba (Cam Wexler)
Lonny Ross (Joe Wexler)
Charlie Logan is a successful dentist with a commitment problem. Having never been in love, therefore never having told any of his girlfriends (not even as a lie) that he loved them, his relationships don't tend to last very long. The good news for the broken-hearted girlfriends is that when they do end their relationship with Charlie, they tend to find true love with the next man who asks them out and are married within a few months.
When an article appears online about Charlie, telling women that whoever gets 'drilled' by him will inevitably find true love, Charlie becomes the most popular dentist in the world... needless to say that the word 'drill' in this context, does not refer to any dental equipment.
At first, Charlie is overwhelmed by the influx of women attempting to get his pants off, and feels (because he doesn't believe what the online article said) that he is, in a way, taking advantage of the women because they won't be getting what they really want. However, when he is made to understand by distraught women just how important it is to them that they find their true love, kind-hearted Charlie reluctantly gives in.
Although Charlie's love life is full to bursting (no pun intended), the one-night stands begin to take their toll on Charlie, and he begins to feel as though he's being used... he also begins to feel as though life is passing him by. As wedding invitations start pouring in and Charlie has no choice but to believe that he IS 'Good Luck Chuck', he becomes despondent and unhappy, thinking how unfair life is that he can give women the gift of love, but never feel love himself... until he meets Cam, a clumsy penguin keeper who immediately steals Charlie's heart. Unfortunately for Charlie, if he makes love to Cam... he stands the chance of losing her forever.
'Good Luck Chuck' is a remarkably tidy little movie that starts off really well with guaranteed laughs during the first 35 minutes of viewing, and this is brilliantly pulled off because of the main character's general sobriety, kind-heartedness and sweet nature. Because Charlie is a down-to-earth nice guy who never says anything out of line or acts in a silly manner, the comedic nature of the movie, during the first 35 minutes or so, is downright hilarious. However, once Charlie falls in love and begins to fear that he will lose the woman of his dreams, he becomes paranoid and clingy... and that is about as funny as being hit over the head with a sledgehammer. This insecure Charlie is a bore, and that, unfortunately, is a real let down... I absolutely loathe Jim Carrey in 'comedies' because he tends to milk the jokes and slapstick, and ends up being totally inane instead of funny... and this is what Charlie turns into. His silliness is teeth-gratingly obnoxious.
Because this movie was first created as a short-story, I suspect that there was a lack of material that forced the screenplay writer to add in a load of rubbish in order to lengthen the viewing time of the movie... this rubbish is, without a doubt, what I was subjected to halfway into the movie. Thankfully, the insecure Charlie only lasts approx. 20 to 25 minutes, and once he realises that he needs to let the woman of his dreams go he becomes the good old Charlie that was so endearing at the beginning of the movie. By then, of course, the movie is on its final legs, the viewer still hasn't fully forgiven the writers, director, or the main actor for the load of rubbish that was inserted, and the movie ends on a predictable note that is probably as teeth-grating as the platitudes that were inserted halfway.
If I had to rate this movie on the first 35 or so minutes, I would give it a 3-1/2 stars... if I were to rate the inserted rubbish I would give it zero stars, and the ending would get a 2 stars - which gives this movie a total average of 1.8 stars. Rounding it off, I have given it a 2 stars, which, I feel, is fair.
Dane Cook, who plays Charlie, is a remarkably versatile actor, and a darned good comedian so long as he remains non-comedic... by this I mean that he is a better comedian when he's not trying to be one. Dane Cook is a bit out of his element when he's trying to be a comedian... in fact, his efforts are somewhat pathetic. Because his entire demeanour is one of seriousness and stability, Dane is funniest when he is the recipient of a joke. He is at his most boring when he becomes the focal point of comedy, the one creating the jokes and slapstick.
On the other hand, Jessica Alba, who plays the accident-prone Cam, is singularly brilliant in her efforts as a comedian... possibly due to the fact that she looks so darned sweet and innocent. Needless to say that it is Cam who gets all the laughs.
Dan Fogler, who plays the supporting role of Stu Kaminsky, is not the best of actors, and 'Good Luck Chuck' would have been better without him. He is one of those movie extras that has no qualifying purpose other than to get on the audiences nerves. His jokes are crude and boring, and his incessant babbling about total rubbish makes him one of the most dislikeable characters I've ever seen in a comedy.
As for the viewing quality of this movie, it is quite good. The scenes are well-woven, the camera shots are satisfactory, and the dialogue, if at times a bit vulgar and coarse, is pretty good as well. There is a nice feel to this movie... unfortunately, the halfway points is a tremendous let-down that is really hard to overcome.
The film begins during a spin the bottle game taking place in 1985. A young Charlie Logan spins the bottle and is unlucky enough to have to spend the next seven minutes locked in a cupboard with a goth girl who is completely in love with him. Charlie, however, has no interest in her and refuses to have any intimate contact with her. In return, she places a curse on him. Every woman he sleeps with will fall in love and marry the next guy she goes out with.
Now, this isn't a GREAT idea for a film but it does allow for some pretty good storylines. There are some very funny scenes, especially those where Charlie's best friend, Stu, behaves as his usual vulgar self.
Charlie meets Cam, who he instantly falls for. She refuses to go out with him until, after many attempts to woo her, she relents. The rest of the film is fairly obvious and you know how it will end well before it does.
The main problem I have with this film is that it never really expliots it full potential. It could be much funnier than it is and the whole plot of the film could have been made more interesting. It struggles to find its identity; its not sure if it wants to be a comedy, a romance or a 'rom-com'. Overall though, its a decent film and is worth watching.