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'Good Luck Chuck' (UNRATED) is a hilarious raunchy romantic comedy; bred from Judd Apatow-style design. In the films attempt to mine comic gold from a high-concept premise (like Apatow's success' - '40 Year Old Virgin' & Knocked Up' & 'Superbad'), first-time Director Mark Helfrich and Screenwriter Josh Stolberg resort to usual, gross-out slapstick gags, (i.e., fart jokes, obese women, sexual pratfalls), and execute them with flair and ingenuity. Embedded in this (definately entertaining) comedy we uncover stars Dane Cook and Jessica Alba; a very very likeale team.
In the most recent bid to the big screen; following noted success with 'Employee of the Month', "Tourgasm" stand-up comedian Dane Cook plays the title character, nice-guy Dentist Charlie Logan, who's been suffering under a particularly nasty curse since childhood: 'every woman he sleeps with always finds everlasting love with the next guy she dates'.
While his sex-obsessed, foul-mouthed Plastic Surgeon buddy Stu (Dan Fogler) envies Charlie's "Gift" — women are lining up to sleep with him to find their "Mr. Right" immediately after. Charlie is tired of being nothing more than a means to an end. So when he meets the gorgeous, down-to-earth, and endearingly klutzy Cam (Alba), (a penguin specialist at 'Aqua World'), Charlie's determined to break the curse.
Commence the "laugh 'til you hurts"....
According to the press notes, Stolberg originally envisioned 'Good Luck Chuck' as a PG-13 film; but Helfrich persuaded him to turn it into an R-Rated Raunchfest; because of the success of Apatow's 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' and 'The Wedding Crashers' (amongst others previously noted). And to be fair, a few of the filmmakers' racier ideas are extremely amusing, like a Kama Sutra-inspired montage sequence.
With Helfrich and Stolberg's slapdash, bottom feeder approach, the laughs are generated at a striking pace and alarmingly (borderline-offensive) outright hilarious. A primary casualty of their ruptured raunch execution is Fogler ('Balls of Fury'), playing Cook's "perv" sidekick, who does unspeakable things with a grapefruit in a bit that should turn people off all citrus fruits for a long, long time., and have you pressing pause until you somehow stop laughing and wiping away the shock.
As for Cook, his character mutates into a manic who understandably repels the object of his desperate affections. Alba fares very well also, and looks stunning throughout; while frankly generating some eye-popping comic (near slapstick - but more abrupt) clumsy humor.
Overall, 'Good Luck Chuck' (UNRATED) is a guaranteed funhouse. A hilarious cast and a promising night of great laughs. It's only (1) star fall; is maybe just the timing of the films release....because after we have luxuriously laughed ourselves into a frenzy with Judd Apatow's brilliance; this film is just barely under Apatow's radar which is all 5-Star.
DO NOT MISS THIS THOUGH !!!!