Ah, how far our society has come when two famous comedians can partner up to make a movie in which the plot centers on two friends pretending to be gay in order to get work benefits. Sadly, instead of advancing any gay-rights issues, it mostly pokes fun at them. The film is riddled with stereotypes, from gay behaviors to Asian accents to the "ideal" single-guy lifestyle, and as such, borders on offensive throughout.
Adam Sandler, fresh off his successful dramatic work in Reign Over Me, takes a full step back by starring in a mediocre comedy. All Sandler's past co-star friends are also there, including Rob Schneider and Steve Buscemi, and the flick is crowded with cameos from singers Dave Matthews and Lance Bass, sportscaster Dan Patrick, VH1 reality star Tila "Tequila" Nguyen and fellow SNL alum Rachel Dratch. Including the same bit actors over and over unfortunately makes each of Sandler's new films feel like a copycat.
Title characters Larry (Kevin James) and Chuck (Sandler) seem to have good buddy chemistry on screen, but the pair lack any real human qualities. They're stereotypes of a desperate single father and a single guy's guy, respectively.
This one can be immediately added to the vault of Sandler films that are good for a quick chuckle, but it won't be among the better movies he's made. For an older but better version of guy pals pretending to be something they're not in order to reap some benefit, check out the '80s TV show Bosom Buddies on DVD.