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Good Luck Chuck

  • Film

Time Out says

Dentist Charlie (Dane Cook) has become known as a good luck charm, so women are begging to sleep with him. Once you’ve bedded him, you meet your true love and get married. So hey, he’d be doing them a favour, right? Cue endless montages of Cook servicing a series of unfeasibly attractive women. Add Jessica Alba into the mix and you truly have a 14-year-old boy’s fantasy. She’s Charlie’s ideal woman: cute, penguin-loving and accident prone, so she bumps into lamp-posts while he’s wisecracking.

But this rom-com is seriously lacking in the laugh department, never mind the aimless narrative based on some hocus pocus about a curse (this was originally a short story, and it shows). Alba and Cook do have charm and a hint of chemistry, and there are moments when his natural comic ability peeks through (probably a rare moment of ad libbing). But the script is so reliant on wish-fulfillment it forgets to add those important little touches: you know, wit, sincerity, characterisation, that kind of thing… A very cheap shot – and hardly anyone calls him ‘Chuck’.

Written by Anna Smith

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 9 November 2007
  • Duration:99 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mark Helfrich
  • Screenwriter:Josh Stolberg, Steve Glenn
  • Cast:
    • Dane Cook
    • Jessica Alba
    • Dan Fogler
    • Lonny Ross
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