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“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel in one of the most blatant politically correct, anti-Christian movies of the year. Promoting itself as a comedy about two straight fireman who get married in order to receive better pension benefits, the movie is nothing more than anti-Christian, pro-homosexual propaganda that attacks the traditional, Judeo-Christian moral values of American culture.
Chuck (Adam Sandler) and Larry (Kevin James) are two New York firemen who have been friends forever. When Larry saves Chuck’s life, Chuck says he is indebted to Larry and will do anything for him. Larry, a widower, has two children of which he is the sole provider. Because of a flaw in the system, if something were to happen to Larry, his children would not receive any of his pension benefits. Only Larry’s “spouse” may receive the benefits.
So, after seeing a newspaper article about same-sex marriages and pension benefits, Larry asks Chuck, who has a well-known reputation as a ladies man, to marry him. Their arrangement is nothing more than a ruse at first – that is, of course, until the fraud department decides to look into their domestic partnership. Chuck and Larry rush off to Canada to get married so their partnership looks legitimate, and Chuck soon moves in with Larry and his kids.
Soon, the two hire themselves a lawyer, Alex McDonough (Jessica Biel), to help them combat the fraud department. This, of course, proves to be the biggest test of their “marriage” because Chuck is attracted to Alex. As reports of their “marriage” surface, Chuck and Larry find themselves at the center of a whirlwind of public opinion. On one hand, they are the objects of sexual ridicule from their fellow firemen. On the other hand, they are the heroes of the homosexual “community.” Eventually, they must appear at an indictment hearing on fraud charges.
James and Sandler
There are moments in the first half of the movie that provide some laugh-out-loud physical comedy and some funny situations. With that said, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” is not a comedy. There are several sequences throughout the movie when no one in the audience was laughing for several minutes at a time. The movie quickly moves away from anything resembling entertainment and turns into a boring, perverted, anti-Christian political platform for homosexual activists. Several plot points arrive either too soon or too late for a satisfactory resolution.
The content of this movie is abhorrent. Apart from the homosexual subject matter, the other strong sexual content is out of control. Sandler’s character, Chuck, is a womanizing sexual deviant. From implied group sex with five women who appear from his room to receiving mail that includes pornography magazines and videos as well as sexual toys, Chuck is clearly a pervert. Also, in one scene, Larry tries to get his effeminate young son to become interested in the nude photos in Chuck’s porn magazines, and the son runs away.
The excessive homosexual content is just more psychological conditioning from the neo-Marxist, anti-Christian politically correct philosophers of our day who are trying to normalize all such aberrant behaviors. Some of these opinion leaders even support lenient prison sentences for pedophiles who abuse children (unless, of course, the pedophile happens to be a Christian leader or white male clergyman).
From multiple manly New York firemen who “come out of the closet,” to a postal worker who likes to “handle [men] with care,” to a young boy who is incredibly effeminate and would rather tap dance and be in musicals than play baseball, to a group of very young school children who ask about two dads living together at a class career day, to making Christians look like stereotypical bigots who use hate speech, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” is aimed not at entertainment, but rather at the philosophical destruction of every virtue and the promotion of every vice.
John Adams, the second president of the United States, wrote in 1772, “We see every day that our imaginations are so strong and our reason so weak … the belief of future punishments so faint that men find ways to believe any absurdity … their reason becomes at last an eloquent advocate on the side of their passions, and they bring themselves to believe that black is white, that vice is virtue, that folly is wisdom, and eternity a moment. … I dread the consequences.”
In my latest book, “The Culture-wise Family,” there is an excellent article by William S. Lind titled, “Who Stole Our Culture?” Insightful and moving, the article gives a brief history on modern-day political correctness. This movie, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” is part of a deliberate agenda in the mass media to undermine traditional American values and destroy Christianity and Western culture. However, “The Culture-wise Family” can help you and your children and grandchildren learn discernment and defend yourselves against these toxic cultural messages. To get your copy, please visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-800-577-6684.
Of course, the answer to the humanist worldview and pagan immorality in movies like this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ preaches the kind of love that does not delight in evils like sexual promiscuity, adultery, homosexuality, greed, envy and murder. It is a love that rejoices in the Truth of Jesus, who died for our sins and frees us from such evil lusts through the power of the Holy Spirit.