Chuck and Larry

July 24, 2007 at 4:08 pm (babbling, movies, religion) (, , )

Last night Sam and I ventured to the AMC at Universal Citywalk with our friends Natalie #2 and her husband Andrew to see “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

I typically enjoy Adam Sandler, and was in need of a good laugh. Overall the theatre was nice: HUGE plushy seats, free refills for those glutenous moments, nice size screen, the audience was respectful. It was a theatre I will feel comfortable going back to, unlike other AMCs in the city…but that’s another discussion. I enjoyed the movie, and think it was a fun date out.

This blog is about the horrible sinking sensation I felt in my stomach at a certain part in the film. Our heroes have gone to an AIDS benefit costume party. At the conclusion of the party they step outside to be hounded by a group of right-winged Christians. I myself am a Socialist and Christian. I know there are other Christians out there who behave in this manner. I have been fortunate to grow up in Toronto, Canada and now live in LA where that behavior is rare. This scene made me so sad. As a Christian you are called to love, and not to judge. For people to behave this way makes me ashamed. Yet I don’t know what to do about it. It makes me not want to tell people I’m a Christian at all. And it makes me cheer when our heroes finally punch the silly man with the ice cold heart.

The only saving point for me, in the film was near the end when the “pastor” says something to the effect of: I now pronounce you husband and husband, by the great Provence of Ontario, which is in Canada and has not had the closed minded views that our neighbor to the South has.

I have gay and lesbian friends and co-workers. I love them all, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the injustice and cruelty they’ve had to undergo. And I beg of you, please do not judge all Christian’s by the actions of a few.



  1. sydney said,

    Hey, I really enjoyed your response because it let me know that something in that movie (how ever good or bad it may have been) but something struck a chord in you.
    But I was just surfing online to see what people thought about the new Adam Sandler movie. I actually saw it on opening day in Canada (which made it a little interesting being that there are many Canadians references). But for those who have thought about seeing it, I put a post, my opinion on the movie. In all honestly, I didn’t think it was a bad movie at all, if you look beyond some aspects of the movie. But anyways if you are interested here’s the link

    And to response to your comments, you know it works both ways, i just hope we can eventually live in a world that we can all get beyond our differences.

  2. sharon said,

    don’t worry, we love our christian brethren in humanity.
    i’ve many straight, christian, hispanic, buddhist, vietnamese, catholic friends.
    we know the difference between an individual and a culture.
    i think this scene was just using a culture’s reputation for bigotry for a laugh. and why not. it was funny.

    -from a jewish lesbian

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