Good Luck Chuck: Unrated (US - BD RA)
Gabe doesn't care enough about this movie to write something clever here...
Charlie Logan (Dane Cook) is cursed, and his curse is every woman’s blessing. Every girl he sleeps with is guaranteed to find their one true love shortly after. The curse is all fun and games until Charlie meets Cam (Jessica Alba) and falls in love. Now he cannot consummate his love without risking the loss of his one true love.
Anyone that knows me knows that right off the bat Good Luck Chuck isn’t the kind of thing I would watch voluntarily. I just don’t like this brand of gross-out romantic comedy. Good Luck Chuck is an Adam Sandler movie, and I hate Adam Sandler movies. I don’t hate Dane Cook or Jessica Alba, but I’m not exactly fond of either of them either. The concept of the film strikes me as something a writer made up on the spot while trying to impress executives. There’s nothing interesting to me here.
The final film isn’t an unmitigated disaster, and that’s probably good enough if you like this kind of film. The courtship process is actually pretty charming, and some of the pure slapstick of Alba’s character is genuinely amusing. Alba manages to not be a total talent vacuum, and Cook keeps himself in check, at least until the third act when he becomes an obnoxious mess. I laughed at a few jokes, felt some emotional attachment to the characters, saw some nice breasts, and I didn’t want to murder myself during the film’s 101 minute run time.
On the awful side, which outweighs the not too bad side, are a bunch of really bad jokes, and an unbelievably predictable plot. Supporting star Dan Folger is one of the worst and most obnoxious characters I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching on screen, no hyperbole. His jokes are right off of a dirty Cracker Jack box, and would be rejected even by ten-year-old boys as childish. His place in the plot is pointless, because the leads are both their own comic relief. The whole film is effectively a countdown to the inevitable happy ending, and every step is so insipid it’s as if the script was written by a computer program. All the writers needed to ad was the single sentence set-up and hit the enter key.
Did you know that Dane Cook survived a bout with teenage acne? Well I do because I just saw his face in full 1080p high definition. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, Good Luck Chuck is just as predictably sharp looking as it is generally predictable. The minute craters in Cook’s face and the fibers of Alba’s underwear are both brimming with detail, with only slight edge enhancement or artefacts during some shots. Like most modern comedy I hate the film at the very least looks very colourful (I think there’s some kind of rule). The colours here are very vibrant, and the black and white levels are effectively separated and balanced. Skin tones are a bit on the orange side, and reds bleed a little bit, but overall we’ve got us a hi-def transfer.
Again I extend my apologies for not having the capabilities to review the disc’s PCM 7.1 track. The Dolby Digital EX track is generally effective given the film’s minimalist approach to sound. The entire track is skewed towards the centre channel, which is fitting and ensures clear dialogue during the punch lines. The surround and LFE channels come alive only during musical montages and when clumsy Jessica Alba creates violent chain reactions. The track isn’t impressive, but I noticed no errors while listening to it.
I know I’ve said this before, but there really is little worse then listening to people laugh at their own bad jokes. Dane Cook is joined by director Mark Helfrich, producer Mike Karz, and writer Josh Stolberg. Cook rules over the track, and is only slightly obnoxious. I couldn’t tell the difference between the other commentators, but all three do their best to get interesting facts in between Cook’s shtick, but they mostly just name actors and tell us where they’re shooting. The blank space is pretty extreme considering Cook’s penchant for speaking and the fact that there are three other commentators on the track.
The seven ‘Chucked Up’ (sigh) featurettes begin with ‘Frank the Penguin Actor’, a joke behind the scenes bit about one of the penguins. It’s stupid, and reminded me way too much of Bob Saget’s monster pile of crap Farce of the Penguins. Thank God it was only three minutes long. The next featurette is a look at the special effects behind the three breasted woman. If you want to watch a lot of digital breasts this one’s for you. This is followed by a look at the wacky sexual positions from the musical sex montage.
And hey, if you didn’t have enough penguin crap in theatres the last few years, next is a featurette about the penguins that steal every scene in the movie. It covers the set design, the real penguins, and the digital penguins. From cute to gross we move to the discovering of the woman that played Eleanor Skepple, the fat woman Chuck sleeps with to test the curse (because we can’t possibly have a comedy without making fun of the fatties can we?). ‘Good Luck Chuckles’ is just a general behind the scenes look, and it’s followed by the last featurette about the ‘Real Life Good Luck Chuck’. The guy they based the movie on had five of his seven most serious relationship end in someone else getting married. The full run of all the featurettes is just under thirty minutes.
‘High Definition Sex Matrix’ is a pick your favourite wacky sexual position screen, which is a magnificent waste of time considering that each position lasts fewer seconds then they take to load. Perverts should probably just depend on the internet, especially anyone looking to see any real dirty bits, because they’re blurred.
A series of ad-libs are divided into Stu scenes (cringe), Charlie scenes, and scenes featuring the airport security guard. These are followed more traditionally deleted scenes, extended scenes, alternate scenes, and a slightly different ending. Everything here was deleted for pacing, and it’s a good thing because 101 minutes is really already too long for a not very good comedy. And because adlibs are enough we also get a collection of outtakes and bloopers.
If you really liked The Honorary Title’s ‘Accident Prone’ and The Flaming Lips’ ‘I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow’, you can enjoy two oddly unprofessional looking still and film montages set to the songs. This way you don’t have to watch the movie again to hear them. All these extras and the included trailers are presented in HD.
I didn’t like it, but if you’re a fan of this brand of comedic entertainment you could probably do a lot worse. Cook and Alba, two actors I expected nothing from, are genuinely charming, and the film has an overall sweetness that’s somewhat affecting. The HD presentation is very detailed, and the extras will probably please the feature’s fans.
* Note: The images on this page are not representative of the Blu-ray release.
Review by Gabriel Powers
This product has not been rated
Release Date: 15th January 2008
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: PCM 7.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Extras: Director/Writer/Producer/Star Commentary, 7 Chucked-Up Featurettes, HD Sex Matrix, Gag Reel, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Ad-Libs, Music Montages
Easter Egg: No
Director: Mark Helfrich
Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba and Dan Fogler
Length: 101 minutes
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