Good Luck Chuck Movie Review - A Disappointing Comedy

With the recent success of Dane Cook and Jessica Alba movies, the pairing of this stellar duo seemed like a match made in movie heaven.  While “ Good Luck Chuck” attempts to be a sappy love story, it turns out to be a gross comedy with soft-core porn and disappointing jokes.


The movie’s failure to explore other dimensions of comedy besides naked ladies and sex jokes makes the viewer wonder if the screenplay was written by a 14-year-old pubescent boy in an attempt to get his immature jollies.

The storyline follows a “good guy” dentist ( Charlie) who is cursed during a traumatic game of spin the bottle in his youth.  As a result of the curse, all the women Charlie sleeps with find their true love the very next day.  This doesn’t seem to be a problem for Charlie until he meets Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba), a trainer at the penguin habitat, who he instantly falls for, despite her clumsy nature.

Reminded by his perverted plastic surgeon sidekick Stu (Dan Fogler) of his impending curse, Charlie goes to great lengths to avoid intimacy with Cam in attempts to keep her around.  Meanwhile, Charlie continues to have sex with all the woman who swarm to his cursed body with the camera detailing almost every encounter, most of the time in split-screen format.

Ironically, the scenes with Alba and Cook together are tasteful and almost humorous but just when the viewer begins to think the explicit sex scenes are finally over, the camera cuts to yet another moment of Cook mounting a different girl twisted in odd positions.  

The only semi-funny scenes are those in which Alba attempts to show her clumsy nature by crashing into a steel pole (how unoriginal) and flipping a tray of dentist tools straight into the back of Cook like a dart board.

Not just the imagery but the also the dialogue leave little to the imagination.  The “jokes” are crude in a vulgar sense and not the least bite funny.  The movie becomes a sex comedy that puts such emphasis on sex front and center that it forgets to add anything else.  This soft-core male indulgence creates characters that are lewd, shallow, and offensive in nearly every line of dialogue.  This movie is not just offensive to women but insults the intelligence of all viewers old enough to watch it without being accompanied by a parent.

What “ Good Luck Chuck” fails to recognize is that just because it’s dirty doesn’t mean it’s funny.  The script must include some sort of intelligent dialogue to prevent the mind-numbing dullness of continuous lewdness.


Good Luck Chuck” has the potential to be tastefully funny but instead, the writers chose to revert back to boyhood with disgusting and perverse writing that resulted in low box office totals and poor reviews.

Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Ellia English

Written By: Josh Stolberg, based on a story by Steve Glenn

Directed By: Mark Helfrich

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.

Running Time: 96 minutes

www.goodluckchuckthemovie.com


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