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Good Luck Chuck

Jessica Alba and Dane Cook in Good Luck Chuck

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

FROM its objectionable premise alone, Good Luck Chuck is a truly excruciating experience that’s only really appealing to anyone who fancies seeing how low gross out comedy can stoop.

Charlie Logan (Dane Cook) is a good-looking guy who learns that every girl he sleeps with subsequently meets her true love straight afterwards.

At the behest of best friend Stu (Dan Fogler) he subsequently shags every stunner in sight until he meets the woman of his dreams (Jessica Alba) and has to find a way to break the curse before he misses out on true love forever.

Mark Helfrich’s movie attempts to balance sweet and gross in the same way that the Farrellys did in their heyday – but the director is defeated by a truly lame screenplay that offends at just about every turn.

Charlie’s best friend, Stu (Fogler), is a particularly reprehensible character that’s afforded far too much screen-time and who seems to revel in finding new ways to offend women in general, or their genitalia. But Charlie himself doesn’t fare much better, especially when being forced to contemplate sleeping with a hideously obese woman in a bid to break the curse.

Alba looks sweet throughout but her kooky, accident-prone penguin assistant is far too bland to be worth caring about and there are times when you feel she’s being out-acted by her flightless co-stars. And there’s a contrived sense of inevitability surrounding the whole sordid mess.

The end result is a tedious and frankly seedy rom-com that ought to be chucked from cinema screens as quickly as possible.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 99mins
UK DVD Release: March 17, 2008