The worst part about Good Luck Chuck is that it tries way too hard to be funny. Unfortunately in its infinite efforts, it manages not only zero laughs, but to annoy anyone who gave it a chance.
I was told I’ve been too harsh on this movie and that I should give it that chance. Here’s what I have positive to say about it: It doesn’t show all the funny parts in the trailer. There, I said it. It’s not one of those movies that ruins all the best moments before you even see it. Because there aren’t any funny moments in the trailer either.
Dane Cook is a comedian, whether you love him or hate him. He should be throwing out one liners and punching up the jokes to make it a hilarious affair. But instead he resorts to crude gags that the Farrelly brothers would pass on and wacky facial expressions. You’re not Chevy Chase.
Then you throw in Jessica Alba as a clumsy penguin trainer? They’re clearly trying to go for cheap laughs. Knocking a tray over that a waiter is carrying isn’t funny. It just isn’t. It never was. I’m going to wager it never will be. So why rely on only humor involving silly stunts? She fell down. Hardy har har. Put on your laughing hats, kids, there’s another hour and a half of this.
Fans of Dane Cook go to the movie to see him be funny. Fans of Jessica Alba go to see her be sexy. Neither of them live up to the expectation. So not only is the movie not funny, but it doesn’t even entertain its target audience.
The premise is set up in the opening scene where a bunch of teenagers play spin the bottle. I doubt that Cook or Alba were on the set that day, but maybe they should have stuck around and took acting notes from these kids. They might have learned something.
When Chuck refuses to kiss a goth girl, she puts a curse on him. Now every time he sleeps with a girl she will break up with him and immediately get married. Now every girl in town wants to sleep with him so they can find Mr. Right. Wacka wacka. Let the shenanigans begin.
Also starring as Chuck’s sidekick and best friend is Dan Fogler, who you probably wouldn’t recognize except for his mostly ridiculous comedy Balls of Fury earlier this month. He plays Stu, an oversexed plastic surgeon that specialized in breast augmentation. A fitting profession for this movie since every single female role has large breasts. Seriously. There had to have been a bra size cutoff on the casting requirements because every girl pining after Chuck had an abnormally large pair. Stu gets engaged to a woman with three giant boobs. Even granny had double D’s.
Aaaaaand there’s a shot to the nuts. Bravo. Didn’t see that coming. Nor did I predict the happily ever after ending…