Whatever progress Hollywood looked to be making in telling mature, well-observed stories of sheepwrangler-on-sheepwrangler action in Brokeback Mountain appears at first glance to have been set back considerably by the impending release of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, an Adam Sandler comedy about two straight firemen who unconvincingly masquerade as a gay couple in order to get into Jessica Biel's pants. Don't let the stereotype-laden and unfunny trailer that's been running ad nauseam since April give you the wrong idea, however. A GLAAD authority has seen the movie twice, and stamped it Gay Kosher:
While the press waits to screen "Chuck & Larry," [GLAAD entertainment media director Damon] Romine has seen the film twice with sample audiences.
"Through this disarming type of comedy, there is this use of stereotypes and slurs, and it holds the mirror up for people to ask, 'Where does this come from?' " Romine said.
"At the end of the day, this is a comedy that actually stresses the importance of family and treating others with dignity and respect. The film actually does send a very strong message.
It's nice to think that once the convulsive laughter has died down, audiences will instantly start to question just what it was they found so hilarious about seeing their hero punch The King of Queens in the face at the altar—inspiring, ultimately, a whole generation of impressionable, Little Nicky-quoting Sandler fanatics to be far more tolerant of straights who pretend to be gay in order to cash in on the attractive array of domestic partnership benefits not yet available to the heterosexual community.