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    Posted: September 22 2007 at 3:42am

AS a PROMO WRITER MYSELF, I'VE GOTTA HAND IT to WHOEVER DID the CAMPAIGN for THIS ONE: THEY ACTUALLY HAD US CONVINCED THAT FORMER RAZZIE® NOMINEE JESSICA ALBA MIGHT BE in a GOOD MOVIE for ONCE...

BUT WHEN WE SAW the MOVIE, the REVIEWS at R.T. and the USER RATINGS at IMDb, WE REALIZED: GOOD LUCK CHUCK IS JUST BUSINESS-as-USUAL for JESSICA, DANE and DAN FOGLER: A PAINT-by-NUMBERS, NEARLY LAUGH-FREE "ROMANTIC COMEDY" (AND WE'RE USING the WORDS "ROMANTIC" and "COMEDY" BERRY LOOSELY HERE)...

FEEL FREE to POST YOUR REACTIONS (and/or GAG REFLEXES) BELOW...

WAIT, THERE's MORE: ON SEPT. 25, THE L.A. TIMES  RAN an ARTICLE RE-NAMING THIS FILM "DEJA VU LOU," and LISTING SIX PREVIOUS MOVIES from WHICH CHUCK LIFTED SCENES  ALMOST VERBATIM.

...and PEOPLE SAY HOLLYWOOD HAS NO ORIGINAL IDEAS ANY MORE!


Fogler: "Hey, pretty lady...Is that chocolate under 

your fingernails, or did you just scratch your butt??"

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 22 2007 at 3:51am

Yeah!  It's in for consideration! 

Now to go see how the filmmakers ruined this good premise.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nasty Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 22 2007 at 4:49am

Jessica Alba in a GOOD movie?  Are you kidding??  If it weren't for Mizz Simpson, Alba would "win" the title as the dopiest Jessica in the movies right now!

 

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Sin City was a good movie. I wonder if the person (Can't remember who) who was debating me on that ever responded. Hell, I can't even remember which Forum that was in...
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I saw this one Saturday, and to call it a dismal mess would qualify as one of the kinder compliments it has received. Rated "R" (with "NC-17" pretentions) the nearly uninterrupted parade of bare female breasts was the closest feature of the film that could be deemed a quality. Alba and Cook looked like they were reading their lines off cue cards, and there was no onscreen chemistry. The flock of penguins featured in a couple of scenes was more interesting than any of the characters.

Daddy Day Camp may have a race on its hands!

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sanndman228715 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 25 2007 at 7:49am
I've often said that stage actors are the most talented actors in the world, due to their skill, consistency, etc.  Indeed, if you look at some Tony winners like Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, and Jeremy Irons (And some Tony nominees like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Alec Baldwin) there's a lot of weight to that theory. After all some Oscar winners (such as Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington) have not fared as well on stage as on film for whatever reason. All that being said, I wonder why some actors who are lauded for there stage work make some truly ass-trocious choices when it comes to choosing their film roles. We've already discussed the almost masochistic choices of Tony winner Alan Cumming, the strange choices made by multiple time Tony nominee Tim Curry, and sometimes I cringe when looking at the filmography ( Even though he's usually watchable in most of the films he chooses) of multiple time Tony winner Frank Langella. Which brings us to recent Tony winner Dan Fogler, who follows up his Tony award winning performance in "The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling bee" with such gems as Balls of Fury, and Good Luck Chuck. And in the reviews I've read of the latter he seems to be singled out in a none-too complimentary manner. For the love of God, man, we know you can act, don't pull a Cumming on us! (Yeah, I realize how dirty that sounds, so sue me) Ok, I'm done ranting...as you were, ladies and gentlemen.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 28 2007 at 6:45pm

I don't understand what the movie critics are complaining about.  Good Luck Chuck was funny.  The first part was not kiddie porn, well, unless one is a worried parent, then I can understand why this scene would bother you.  It plays off one of many parents' nightmares, I'm sure.  The gross parts, including the Hollywood Squares-style parade of unsatisfying (for Chuck), funny (for us) and sometimes weird (for everyone) one night stands (ah-ah-ah, I saw at least one repeat in that sequence)--I stopped counting the times I laughed past two dozen, and the rest of the audience laughed even more.  It was a terrific, sophomoric, slapstick, gross-out movie with a sensitive protagonist.

For the first hour.

And this is where I feel the reviews I've read went wrong.  The reviews should have pointed out how funny and fun this movie was until Chuck decided to go overboard in an effort to keep Cam.  And then become a stalker.  And then withdraw.  I stopped laughing, and the audience around me didn't even laugh a quarter as much.  The last hour of the movie was not only not funny, it was uninspired.  Well, not completely.  The last two minutes of the movie was beautiful (I'm talking about the ending, not pretending-to-be-gross footage over the end credits, of course), and choosing Jodelle Ferland of Silent Hill to play the daughter of the now grown-up witch (it wasn't Goth, peoples) put a smile on my face.  But those moments were few and far between.  The last half of the movie sucked, which makes the first half of the movie wasted, which left me wondering, what happened?

It felt almost like the true genius of the screenplay up and left halfway through the rewrite, and left the second half plain, bare-boned and deflated.  If that or anything like it was what happened to this movie, a movie with a great premise that should have been wonderfully funny all the way through (gross or otherwise), that's a shame.

So, they took a great premise, produced half a funny movie, and then winged the rest.  I left broken-hearted.

I would have given it a 7 out of 10 if it had kept it up all the way through.  Because it pooped out halfway through, it doesn't even get half.  3 out of 10, and it's certainly in Razzie contention for the year.

Dane Cook and all the women he laid for Worst Screen Couple (or even better, Dane Cook and his penguin suit -- which Nicholas Cage would have looked good in!).  Dane Cook for Worst Actor.  Jessica Alba for Worst Actress (although honestly, she gave a far better performance in this movie than she did in either of the Fantastic Four movies).  Dan Fogler, Worst Supporting actor, and Lonnie Ross, too, as Cam's brother.  Mark Helfrich as Worst Director, and Josh Stolberg and Steve Glenn for Worst Screenplay.  I see Glenn wrote the short story on which this movie was based.  It would be interesting to see where the story stopped and the movie continued.  And, let's not forget, Good Luck Chuck for Worst Picture! 

 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bruin_522 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 02 2007 at 12:40pm

Ok, Avoid Any Movie with CHUCK (as in "Barf") in Its Title...Well, Head RAZZ, that was difficult for audiences earlier in the year when I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY came out. But the difference is that audiences would apparently rather go see a comedy with Adam Sandler in it.

Response from Head RAZZberry: The "CHUCK" referrence was meant for both this film and CHUCK & LARRY, two of the year's least funny "comedies"...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Criss808 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2007 at 4:01am

FYC - "Good Luck Chuck"
Worst Picture

Worst Director

Worst Actor - Dan Cooke

Worst Actress - Jessica Alba

Worst Screen Couple - Cooke & Alba

Worst Screenplay

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Post Options Post Options   Quote SlammyFewFew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2007 at 12:16pm

Horrible film!

The best friend of Dane Cook was the most horrible performance that really comes to mind, but this is definitely a Worst Picture contender! 


 

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I believe it IS possible for Jessice Alba to be in a good film.  Sin City was good, but it could hardly be described as "a Jessica Alba movie".  She was just one of MANY names in the movie, her part was relatively small, and it was never really her job to carry the film.

I also enjoyed the Fantastic Four films (more from being a Fantastic Four fan in general), and while they weren't all THAT great, I don't think that Jessica Alba could be singled out as THE thing that was wrong with them.  The real stars of the movies were special effects, and it really didn't matter WHO the actors were.

However, I don't like her outside of large ensemble casts, when she does have to be relied upon to carry a movie, particularly when she's paired up with other terrible actors, such as Dane Cook (who , from what I saw, just played Dane Cook) and Hayden Christiansen. 

Hmmmm, IMDB says she was in 5 movies last year.  I wonder if it's possible for her to be the ONLY nominee in the worst actress category....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yotypeocom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2008 at 2:30am

I think Good Luck Chuck needs urgently to be nominated for Worst Picture in the 27th annual Razzies, along with I Know Who Killed Me.

To be honest I laughed at some parts of Chuck, but it was lame, cliched to the upmost, bad editing, bad timing, it looked reshot and I honestly have seen 50,000 different posters and logos, which always tells me there is some disaster and not even the ones doing it BELIEVE IN IT!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote SchumacherH8ter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2008 at 2:32pm
I agree with cvcjr13, it was funny for the first hour than became mega unfunny afterwards. The end credits pushed the film into "shovel in the face" bad, instead of the "needle in finger" bad i would have given it if the end credits weren't included.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvcjr13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2008 at 8:03am

I agree with your description of the end credits.  After a terrible second half, the ending was (finally) okay, and then the movie sank into the depths of the celluloid septic tank with the scene showed over the end credits.  My brain hurts just thinking about it!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moviewizguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2008 at 11:17am
Ok, the movie was funny at some parts. Not only at the first hour but including the last 30 minutes. What I did not like was that the film was gross (I watched the unrated version), disgusting, and just plain ugh...HOWEVER, I do agree that one bad part in the film was when Charlie wanted to get Cam's attention. He acted like we wouldn't root for to get the girl. However, he can also turn good, which made me confused. Is he sweet or creepy? I liked the ending scene but it was either a hit or miss. 5/10
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Post Options Post Options   Quote icegirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 31 2008 at 8:51am
Ok, here we have it... another bad taste humor in a movie, that wants to be funny, but it makes you wanna jump from the empire state building!!And I really thought Jessica Alba could be a good actress! I mean I know her from the Dark Angel period and she was quite good! What the hell is wrong with her!
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