My ever-connected wife scored us two VIP passes to see the premiere of "Good Luck Chuck" Tuesday evening. The stars of the movie, Jessica Alba and Dane Cook were there at the Regal Pinnacle Theatres in Turkey Creek and we snapped a photo of Ms. "Sue Storm" Alba as she greeted her loyal fans:
The movie was actually pretty good. It was very predictable, as a typical Hollywood boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-shares-girl-with-stuffed-penguin movie always is. The laughs pretty much kept coming, although a couple of the jokes actually fell flat and you could feel the space kept in the dialogue where they expected the laughs to be.
There was quite a bit of n*dity in it (of the topless female variety) and also an extended scene where the hero is shown having sex with about 20 women, each in their own little video women (a la Brady Bunch). The sexual content in the movie is quite often vulgar, as the hero's sidekick is the most annoying character I've seen in a movie in quite a while. Think Sam Kinison and Wayne Knight's love-child. The sexual and typical (today) gross-out humor was there too, and as always not funny.
But the leads were very good - Jessica Alba has an unfortunately limiting girl-next-door-aw-shucks appeal to her, and Dane Cook is a talented comic actor. The two of them held the movie together through an engaging first half and slower, more broad second half.
See the movie if you like either of these two actors but don't go expecting a Shakespeare in Love.