Even dumb, dim and debauched lowbrow comedy requires intelligence. That's what emerges from 'Good Luck Chuck', a dumb, dim and debauched movie which rarely threatens to break into comedy. Instead we get tedious and unoriginal penis, breast and sex jokes, making for 96 minutes of filth and sentimentality that will bore the pants off you.
And pants, of course, are what the target demographic for this 'adult' sex comedy will be hoping to see. No doubt the question on the minds of Maxim and Loaded readers (which this dire movie is aimed at) is 'will Jessica Alba take her top off?' And the answer... well, let's leave at least one element to the plot that will keep you guessing.
Charlie (Cook) is a wealthy, womanising dentist who, years earlier, had a hex put on him by a tiny Goth girl after he refused to kiss her during a game of spin the bottle. Initially unaffected by the childhood hex, Charlie has gone about his ways loving and losing with the help of vulgar and oafish best friend Stu (Fogler).
Blissfully unaware of any curse being thrust upon him, Charlie begins to realise something is up when he suddenly becomes hugely popular with single women thanks to an Internet rumour. It seems that if you sleep with Charlie once, the next man you meet will be your true love. All this sets the scene for a host of less famous women to take their tops off and for plastic surgeon Stu to make a series of crude jokes lending the film its 'filth' element, so crucial to modern US comedy.
Ala ‘Knocked Up' and ‘The Wedding Crashers' a dollop of sentimentality is required to take the horse home, and so enters Cam (Alba) a clumsy penguin loving do-it-all with a big heart. Prone to accidents, a series of 'hilarious' events ensue as Alba proceeds to get her skirt caught in car doors, etc whilst a torn Charlie has to try and resist having sex with her lest he lose her. Needless to say the film concludes with that most typical of Hollywood endings - the mad dash to the airport.
'Good Luck Chuck' has no appealing elements to it. Alba and Cook are devoid of onscreen chemistry and about the only thing they share is a complete lack of acting ability. To be fair to Alba however, her role requires little but looking good and walking into things - which she does like a pro. Cook, on the other hand, is deeply unfunny throughout and his description as a 'comedian' is puzzling.
Vulgar, misogynistic, crude and stupid, 'Good Luck Chuck' wouldn't even pass the mark as a TV sitcom. Young teenage boys, however, won't be able to get enough of it.