Good Luck Chuck
GOOD LUCK CHUCK: JUST PLAIN BAD
Good Luck Chuck wants to be crude like a Farrelly Brothers flick (Something About Mary). It is. It wants to be sexually explicit like Wedding Crashers and get away with it. It does. And it wants to be funny. It isn’t. Good Luck Chuck is a good example of a movie that should never had been made in the first place. Two well known celebrities such as Dane Cook and Jessica Alba prove their lack of talent in this horribly written movie.
Charlie Logan (Dane Cook) is a dentist with commitment issues. He meets Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba) at a wedding and its love at first sight. Problem is she won’t go out with him. Charlie finds out he is a good luck charm for women who want to meet their true love. He sleeps with them and the next guy they meet they marry. Once Charlie finally gets Cam to go out with him, he does everything in his power to prevent her from meeting that next guy.
This story is awful that never had any potential to begin with. Romantic it is not. It has hints of Wedding Crashers with its sexual themes and Charlie’s multiple partners. But Good Luck Chuck doesn’t have its wittiness or talented cast. It is predictable every step of the way. It is a wonder that Dane Cook continues to get movie roles. Just because he is a talented comedian doesn’t mean he is a good actor. He has a few funny moments but he then turns into Dane Cook the comedian. You feel like you are watching his standup. His love interest Jessica Alba is just eye candy. Her acting isn’t any better. Dan Fogler plays Charlie’s token disgusting best friend who also happens to be a plastic surgeon. Insert any and all breast jokes here (yep, even the three boob girl is in there). One lasting visual that will not leave its audience minds will be Charlie testing his good luck charm on what has to be the most disgusting woman on camera EVER. Every line that can be crossed is and to the nth degree.
This film needed a whole new script and new male lead to even have a fighting chance. A complete overhaul and the film could have appealed to both men and women alike.
Even with a few promising moments, Good Luck Chuck is not worth watching even when it is aired on cable at two o’clock in the morning a year from now. Hopefully by that time Dane Cook will have retreated back to his club dates as a comedian and Hollywood will stop giving him leading roles in movies that are just plain stupid.