Good Luck Chuck
|Good Luck Chuck|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Helfrich|
|Produced by||Mike Karz|
|Written by||Josh Stolberg|
|Music by||Aaron Zigman|
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Edited by||Julia Wong|
101 minutes (unrated cut)
|Box office||$59.2 million|
Good Luck Chuck is a 2007 American romantic comedy film starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. In the film, women find their "one true love" after having sex with a dentist named Chuck (Cook). Chuck meets a girl named Cam (Alba) and tries to become her true love. The film opened in theaters on September 21, 2007, and was panned by critics. One of Good Luck Chuck's theatrical posters parodied the well-known Rolling Stone cover photographed by Annie Leibovitz featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in similar poses.
While playing seven minutes in heaven at a party in 1985, 10-year-old Charlie "Chuck" Logan (Connor Price) refuses to kiss a goth girl named Anisha (Sasha Pieterse) who attempts to have sex with him. In retaliation, Anisha places a curse on Chuck, so that every single woman he sleeps with will break up with him and marry the next man who asks her out.
In the present, Chuck (Dane Cook) is a successful dentist in his thirties, and runs a dental practice in the same building as his best friend Stu's (Dan Fogler) plastic surgery business. Chuck finds himself unable to tell his girlfriend, Carol (Chelan Simmons), that he loves her, and she breaks up with him while having sex on the beach. Following the break up, Stu and Chuck decide to attend the wedding of one of Chuck's ex-girlfriends, Katie. At Katie's wedding, Chuck becomes enamored with Cam Wexler (Jessica Alba), a clumsy, yet attractive and friendly marine biologist. Their chemistry is apparent the moment they start talking. The wedding eventually ends, and they seemingly go their separate ways. While working at a penguin habitat, Cam accidentally slips and chips her tooth. When she visits Chuck to have it fixed, he asks her to go out with him instead of paying him. Though initially reluctant, Cam agrees. Meanwhile, Stu notices the pattern of girls getting married as soon as Chuck has sex with them. Stu eventually convinces Chuck to embrace the influx of women who have learned of his pattern and visit his practice, arguing that there's nothing better than having lots of guilt-free sex. However, after having this so-called "guilt-free sex" with numerous women, Chuck decides he wants a serious relationship with Cam. However, just before he has sex with her, Stu informs him that each of the women Chuck has slept with have got married, including Carol. Worried that the same thing will happen to Cam, Chuck begins to avoid her.
Stu convinces Chuck to test the curse by having sex with an obese woman, and see if she marries afterward. Chuck asks Stu to ask the woman out to see if this results in marriage, and when it does not, Chuck concludes that the curse is fake, and has sex with Cam. Afterward, however, Chuck discovers that the woman Stu was supposed to ask out married another man. Chuck calls Stu, who confesses that he only pretended to ask the woman. Chuck gets mad because of Stu's betrayal but Stu's actions came from a good place. Chuck is worried that Cam will now find her true love and begins to smother her in numerous ways: literally making so much food that she can't get out of bed, calling her constantly, filling her office with flowers and balloons, showing up in a box delivered by a barbershop quartet and more. Cam breaks up with him after finding him in her car after work. Chuck then begins to think of crazy ideas to get Cam back, ending up with him ambushing her at her job to propose. However, he sees her hugging someone else and makes a huge scene only to find out the man was her hair dresser. Cam is over the crazy behavior and breaks up with him. After seeing a spinning bottle, Chuck remembers Anisha and tracks her down. After the break-up, Chuck attempts to track down Anisha in order to break the curse. Now married with a child, Anisha tells Chuck that they were just kids back then, and the curse wasn't meant to be real. She tells Chuck if he really loves Cam to let her go and that if they are meant to be, she will return to him.
He then puts Cam in touch with the attractive Howard Blaine (Steve Bacic), who authored a book about penguins. As he watches from afar, the two seem to connect perfectly. Stu and his new three-breasted fiancée visit Chuck to inform him of their impending nuptials and that Cam is heading to Antarctica with Howard. After Chuck finds her, Cam reveals that Howard is already married to someone else and that she'll be back the following Wednesday. Before leaving, Chuck hands Cam a ring box containing a pebble, a reference to the penguin mating ritual in which a male penguin finds a stone and brings it to the female penguin he wants to be with (therefore, proposing to her). Anisha is shown pulling a box out of a closet, opening it, removing a voodoo doll and removing a pin out of it which signifies her releasing Chuck from the curse. A year later, Chuck and Cam are in Antarctica together surrounded by penguins.
Later, Stu is shown with his now wife house-sitting for Chuck and Cam who are married as well. Stu is searching for home-made sex tapes and finds one where Chuck is performing oral sex on a plush penguin while Cam is off-screen making sex sounds. Strangely aroused, they turn the tape off to have sex themselves.
- Dane Cook as Dr. Charlie Logan
- Connor Price as young Charlie Logan
- Jessica Alba as Cam Wexler
- Dan Fogler as Dr. Stuart Klaminsky
- Troy Gentile as young Stuart Klaminsky
- Chelan Simmons as Carol
- Lonny Ross as Joe Wexler
- Ellia English as Reba
- Annie Wood as Lara
- Jodie Stewart as Eleanor Skepple
- Michelle Harrison as Anisha Carpenter
- Sasha Pieterse as young Anisha Carpenter
- Jodelle Micah Ferland as Lila Carpenter
- Lindsay Maxwell as McTitty
- Crystal Lowe as Cam's Wedding friend
- Steve Bacic as Howard Blaine
The film was panned by critics. According to Rotten Tomatoes, only 5% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 114 reviews. The site's consensus states: "A shortage of laughs and an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness undermine Good Luck Chuck, squandering a decent premise on gross-out humor and shopworn slapstick." On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 19 out of 100, based on 23 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike".
British film critic Mark Kermode named it the worst film of 2007.
The film was the second-highest-grossing film at the U.S. box office in its opening weekend, grossing $13.6 million in 2,612 theaters. The film went on to have a total box office tally of approximately $35 million U.S. and $24 million foreign.
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actress||Jessica Alba||Nominated|
|Worst Screen Combo||Jessica Alba and Dane Cook|
Good Luck Chuck was filmed from late-September to mid-November 2006. The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia and also partly in Edmonton, Alberta, using the Alberta Film Studio for the aquarium scenes and the neighborhood of Old Strathcona for exterior shots.
The soundtrack was released on 18 September 2007.
- "I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow" (Flaming Lips)
- "Accident Prone" (The Honorary Title)
- "Good Luck Chuck" (The Dandy Warhols)
- "Love It When You Call" – Cherrytree House Version (The Feeling)
- "Good Weekend" (Art Brut)
- "Hurry Up Let's Go" (Shout Out Louds)
- "Shut Me Out" (Aidan Hawken) – 2:49
- "You're Gonna Get It" (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings)
- "The Whistle Song" (Pepper)
- "You Might Think" (The Cars)
- "Physical" (Olivia Newton-John)
- "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus)
- "Crazy in Love" (Antique Gold)
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