Good Luck Chuck

  • Review Date: January 15, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Not funny or romantic; too raunchy for all ages.
  • Review Date: January 15, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. Otherwise, this is a sad excuse for a romantic comedy.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:September 20, 2007
DVD release date: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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Adult Written byMovie Man September 6, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

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 comic violence, don't rent this movie)suggest that it was a comedy. I'm confused. Is this porn or a comedy? If the creators meant it to be a comedy they missed the mark by a long shot, and if they meant for it to be an R-rated prono, they hit the bullseye.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bytvgirl July 10, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

So Funny, Yet So Filthy... The Definition of a Guilty Pleasure

Okay, let's face it: This movie is funny. What we also should face is that this movie is uncomfortably inappropriate. But, that's the magic of comedian Dane Cook's humor. This film used two things to promote itself: the glamerous beauty of Jessica Alba and the charismatic humor of Dane Cook. That's just the beginning. The film is above sex romp. It's basically almost a comedy porno with heart, making "American Pie" look tame. Things to look out for: Sex... oh, let's just sum it up to a few scenes. The first scene shows 10-year-olds playing seven minutes in heaven. The next notable scene is Charlie having sex with many, many women in a musical montage of sexual acts, sex positions, orgasms, moaning, and gratiutious graphic nudity. Other than those two disturbances, the film is riddled with sexual jokes, sexual comments, sexual discussions, boobs popping out at random, masturbation jokes, a scene where a guy is caught in the act of masturbating, oral sex on a stuffed penguin, a woman with three breasts, and the implication that Jessica Alba's character is using a vibrator off-screen. Violence, just typical slap-stick humor. Language: 74 uses of the "F" word, 33 sexual references, 24 uses of sexual slang, and other mild offenses such as name-calling and mild profanity. Bottom line: This is nothing but adult humor. Not for kids at all. Ages 17+ only. There is a LOT of sexual humor and nudity, but it is all for jokes, yet admittedly inappropriate by all means. 4/5 stars. Enjoy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byyummyyummy81694 July 1, 2009
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16
QUALITY
 

Stop complaining and just watch it.

Im sick of all these stupid parents goin on and on "omg this movie is soooo bad" and "I'd never let my kid watch it" stfu. This is a great movie. Probably the only one i've ever watched alone and still laughed out loud at haha
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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