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Good Luck Chuck: Cheap Jokes and Gross Comedy

I went into Good Luck Chuck with nothing more than a faint hope that I might be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, the movie fails to offer anything beyond what the decidedly un-funny previews suggest. The gross humor — like the gazillion gratuitous boob shots (none of them Alba's) and an incredibly awkward Dane Cook sex montage — comes off as simply crude and cringe-worthy.

The movie begins with pre-teen Charlie’s first game of spin-the-bottle when the bottle lands on a brooding 10-year-old goth girl. When he denies her 7 minutes in heaven she put an anti-love hex on him. Charlie grows up to become a successful dentist who is blissfully unaware of his inability to love, simply taking advantage of the beautiful women who inexplicably throw themselves at him (so, it wasn't that bad of a hex, really). It’s not until his ex-girlfriend uses her wedding toast to thank him for helping her find her match that Charlie realizes something may be amiss with all of the no-strings attached action he’s been getting. To find out what else happens,

At the wedding, Charlie also meets Cam (Alba) a penguin keeper that he thinks he could really fall for. Yes, a penguin keeper. He finds her extreme klutziness endearing and immediately begins to pursue her. He wants to change his ways and get serious with her but his uber-creepy friend Stu (Dan Fogler) won’t hear of it. Stu has a plastic surgery practice and specializes in — what else? — boob jobs. He lives vicariously through Charlie’s overactive sex life since his crude moves prove fruitless with the ladies. His sexual frustration leads to many obvious boob jokes and one disturbing scene in which he pleasures himself with a grapefruit and a dish scrubber. I’ll leave the details up to your imagination.

Overall, the crass jokes fall flat. It seems an odd choice to have the burden of physical comedy rest upon Alba, while Dane Cook takes on the role of the romantic. Alba's "cute but clumsy" comes off as "pretty but dumb." It’s Cook’s comedic timing that keeps the movie bearable, but he’s not believable as the romantic hero.

As the credits start to roll and you breathe a sigh of relief that you’re finally free, the movie ends on a note even more disgusting than any of the proceeding scenes. You’ll never look at Dane Cook or a cute stuffed animal penguin the same way again. But hey, when you’re making a bad movie, go big or go home. In this case, it’s the audience that should really just stay home.

Photos courtesy of Lionsgate

angelcandy angelcandy 9 years
I fancy watching this, it looked like a fun film.
judylai81 judylai81 9 years
Wow! I didn't think it was gonna be that bad ... I figure you'd get a few laughs or what not. Thanks for saving me from losing an hour & a half of my life LOL
chrisTyyy chrisTyyy 10 years
I just saw this movie yesterday. I was bored and curious to see for myself how the movie was. Anyone else think Jessica Alba is not that great of an actress?!
saritabonita saritabonita 10 years
ajajjajaaj i thought it was sooooo funny. maybe cuz i was depressed ajjajaja , seriously i thought it was hilarious! i mean, crude and nasty and whatever. but i though KNOCKED UP was even worse.... whats with comedy these days?
t-and-co t-and-co 10 years
It wasn't completely awful...It was disgusting mindless comedy, but it still made people laugh. The end bit was seriously disturbing though.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 10 years
Yeah why did you give it 2 stars when you didn't even say anything good about it?
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
yeah, this one was destined to be bad
DFlyGoddess DFlyGoddess 10 years
Sounds like the quality of movies is going down even as the ticket prices continue to go up. How on earth does that happen?
KerryG KerryG 10 years
Wow, that sounds absolutely appalling.
Dannie037 Dannie037 10 years
i saw it last night and it was funny, the whole theatre was was perfect for a mindless friday night break from studying...
sweetnluvly07 sweetnluvly07 10 years
well if u ever pass by the theaters youll see a KAZZILLION guys in line to watch this movie. You'll see all the sick minded guys who love alba. I just really hope my boyfriend doesnt watch this movie and if he does.. ITS SOOO OVER!
Jess8902 Jess8902 10 years
I love Dane, but Jessica is not my fave. Why do they keep sticking him with these girls?!
suziryder suziryder 10 years
With a review as dismal as that, I'm wondering what it would take for you to give a movie a single star, Buzz. Why did this one get two if it apparently has no redeeming qualities?
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I wouldn't see this thing for free.
liz05gibson liz05gibson 10 years
so i saw it just because i really like dane cook. i wasn't too impressed with the actual movie, but i still love dane cook, hahaha.
yyam084 yyam084 10 years
rotten at theaters!!!
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
FIGURES. I am not at all surprised.
MotoLinz MotoLinz 10 years
Didn't even plan to bother with this one, but it sounds worse than I'd expected. They had a big premier here in Knoxville, of all places, with Cook and Alba in attendance, and people were paying $75/ticket to go. The previews are warning enough, I think. :)
Jinx Jinx 10 years
lol, exactly, I think Dane's movies all get the same review: "cheap jokes and gross comedy".
kelly kelly 10 years
Wow! That is horrible.I didn't think it was that bad.I knew it looked stupid but not THAT stupid...
holysnap holysnap 10 years
I totally agree with BETTYROCKETS.:FOGEY:
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
i'm not surprised.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 10 years
i smell a flop... much like employee of the month
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
i expected that you wouldn't like this one, buzz. and dane cook is the definition of cringe-worthy, not a great comedian that everyone makes him out to be. not seeing this at all in my lifetime.
acemonkey acemonkey 10 years
I kind of wanted to see it, but I'll wait untill it comes out on video.
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