Good Luck Chuck
After demonstrating his lack of timing as editor on three Rush Hour films, Mark Helfrich makes an unsurprisingly awful directorial debut with this crude romantic comedy. US stand-up comic Dane Cook plays Charlie, a 30-something dentist who discovers that every girl he sleeps with ends up falling in love with the next person she meets. After a lengthy Wedding Crashers-style montage showing Charlie bedding an endless series of attractive topless women, Josh Stohlberg’s script focuses on Charlie’s courtship of clumsy-but-cute sea-life expert Dana (Jessica Alba) and specifically on his attempt to ensure that he’s still uppermost in her thoughts after they spend the inevitable night together.
In a part originally offered to the similarly spaced-out Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alba struggles with the demeaning pitfalls of a frat-level comedy – a close-up underwear/crotch shot after she’s had her skirt ripped off seems somehow less demeaning than having to feign a romantic interest in Chuck. As the lucky Chuck, Cook demonstrates that his amateurish performance in Mr Brooks was no fluke; his charmless, repulsive idea of a romantic lead would be a low point of any comedy, were it not for Dan Fogler’s mugging performance as Charlie’s pal Stu, a mammary-obsessed plastic surgeon who marries a woman with three nipples. If you do venture out to this comedic car crash and find yourself enjoying it you should probably also think about getting your medication changed.
General release from Fri 9 Nov.