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Good Luck Chuck Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

a lying movie full of lies. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0
    19

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Can we finally just admit that Dane Cook isn't funny? In a comedy so lame its plot could've been swiped from a Bazooka Joe wrapper.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is the dirty movie of the year, slimy and scummy, and among its casualties is poor Jessica Alba, who is a cutie and shouldn't have been let out to play with these boys.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Good Luck Chuck is this year’s low-ender to beat.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The script by Josh Stolberg has no fizz. It's possible to sit for half an hour without cracking a smile. Part of the problem is sheer repetitiveness; another problem is that Stu's leering remarks are repulsive rather than endearing.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    At least Jessica Alba's legion of fans will have something to smile about. If nothing else, Helfrich has shown her in the best light. If only there was something worth seeing here other than her.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

Not funny or romantic; too raunchy for all ages.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    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 false5

    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 false5

    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 false3

    Consumerism: Hummer SUV; Pamela Anderson's breast implants.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.

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