Good Luck Chuck

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Not funny or romantic; too raunchy for all ages.
  • R
  • 2007
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Chuck takes advantage of women thinking he's a good-luck charm to sleep with as many of them as possible. Stu tries to pass himself off as Chuck so he can "score," too. The idea that women are so desperate to get married that they'd jump into bed with a man they don't even know is sexist and demeaning.

Violence

Chuck pushes and shoves a man and suffers several mishaps, like getting dental instruments stuck into his back, getting electrocuted, having shards of glass fall into his lap, etc. Cam accidentally falls and hurts herself several times.

Sex

There's barely a breast-free scene in the movie. Extensive montages of Chuck and dozens of topless women having sex in various positions. Only one love scene -- with Alba -- is nudity free. A disturbing image of a woman with three breasts. Chuck simulates oral sex on a stuffed penguin. A man pleasures himself with a grapefruit.

Language

Many euphemisms for female genitalia and sex: "f--k," "p--y," "p--n," etc. Other curse words ("s--t," "ass," "a--hole," etc.) are said frequently but still less often than the sexual words.

Consumerism

Hummer SUV; Pamela Anderson's breast implants.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Chuck gets incredibly drunk before one sexual encounter; wedding guests drink champagne; Cam's brother is supposedly always high and in one scene smokes marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that since this movie imitates the raunchy comedy style of The Wedding Crashers and Judd Apatow movies, it might appeal to older teens who are fans of "hard R" comedies. But this one doesn't have its predecessors' charm, and even though "only" one character smokes pot, nudity and sex (both as a subject of conversation and the act itself) are ubiquitous, and in some cases downright disgusting. Women are discussed as if they were walking genitalia, obese women are the target of ridicule, and even 10-year-olds are depicted as sex fiends who want to actually "do it" during a game of "7 Minutes in Heaven." Plus, the idea that women are so desperate to get married that they'd sleep with a stranger is demeaning and sexist.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovie Man September 6, 2009

Either the Most Unfunny Comedy Ever or a Well-Made Porno.

This was a different film; the plot suggests that it is an adult film, yet the cast and comic violence (which were the only funny parts, and if don't like... Continue reading
Parent Written byFitz August 20, 2011

livs reviews

very sexual but very funny a great teen romantic comedy ifffy for kids 13 and 14 on for 15 and up
Teen, 14 years old Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byLaurenLauren August 23, 2012

Not a good movie

Sex, sex, sex and more sex. That is basically what this movie is about. DO NOT let any young children see it.

What's the story?

Dane Cook, who has somehow transformed from a slightly better-looking standup comedian into the go-to leading man for lowbrow romantic comedies, plays Chuck, a womanizing dentist who's dubbed a good luck charm by the string of married women who dated him right before meeting Mr. Right. With the coaxing of his sex obsessed pal Stu (Dan Fogler) and dozens of willing women, Chuck becomes every single girl's dream one-night stand. The movie's "romantic" storyline is fueled by Jessica Alba as Cam, the one girl Chuck actually doesn't want to lose to the "next guy." But if he seals the deal with her, he's convinced that she'll move on and leave him broken-hearted. Thrown into their supposed chemistry is the fact that Cam is a total klutz who keeps accidentally hurting herself and Chuck, who suffers mild stabbing, electrocution, and bonks on the head when he's around her.

Is it any good?

This is a sad excuse for a romantic comedy. Some comedies manage to balance raunch -- whether it's gratuitous language, sex, drug use, or some combination of the above -- with funny-yet-deeper themes about love (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), commitment (Knocked Up), or friendship (Superbad). But not all copycat comedies can effectively pull off the Judd Apatow formula for filmmaking. And in that case, what the audience is left with, as is the case in GOOD LUCK CHUCK, is just a bunch of offensive sex jokes.

It's all too precious and, frankly, rather unfathomable that Alba -- an actress so beautiful she's been called the sexiest woman in the world -- would have no better prospects than Cook's cad of a dentist. (And those hoping to sneak a peek at Alba's killer bod should note that she's one of the only women in the film who doesn't bare her breasts, although topless women seem to pop up in every other frame of the film.) Ultimately, if the prospect of seeing a woman with three breasts (Dr. Stu's dream girl) or of Cook being mounted by a morbidly obese woman or pretending to get nasty with a stuffed penguin appeals to viewers, this movie will be a hit -- but it's not likely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "raunchy comedy" trend. Why are sex- and swearing-filled movies so popular? Is this movie as successful as its hard-R predecessors, or does it fall flat? Why? Parents, ask your kids what parts of the movie they found offensive. Why was that the case? Did any of it seem romantic? Why or why not? Families can also discuss whether the movie's central joke is sexist or funny. Do you think women would really line up to sleep with a stranger just so they can get married to the next man they meet?

Movie details

  • In theaters: September 20, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: January 15, 2008
  • Cast: Dan Fogler, Dane Cook, Jessica Alba
  • Director: Mark Helfrich
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.

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