Good Luck Chuck

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Good Luck Chuck
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Helfrich
Written byJosh Stolberg
Produced byMike Karz
Starring
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited byJulia Wong
Music byAaron Zigman
Production
company
Karz Entertainment
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • September 21, 2007 (2007-09-21)
Running time
99 minutes
101 minutes (unrated cut)
CountriesUnited States[1]
Canada[1]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million[2]
Box office$59.8 million[3]

Good Luck Chuck is a 2007 comedy film starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba, with screenplay by Josh Stolberg and directorial debut by long-time film editor Mark Helfrich. 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.

Plot[edit]

While playing spin the bottle / seven minutes in heaven at a party in 1985, 10-year-old Charlie "Chuck" Logan refuses the sexual advances of a goth girl named Anisha Carpenter. In retaliation, Anisha places a hex on Chuck, saying that once a girl has been with him, "to the next she will be true".

In the present, Chuck is a successful dentist, running a practice in the office opposite his best friend Stu's plastic surgery business. While being sexually intimate with his girlfriend Carol, Chuck cannot reply that he loves her too, prompting her to immediately break up with him. Stu and Chuck attend the wedding of one of Chuck's ex-girlfriends, Katie. During the reception, Katie toasts Chuck for being her lucky charm, which gains the interest of his female tablemates. Chuck becomes enamored with Cam Wexler, an unusually clumsy, yet attractive and friendly penguin scientist working at a marine mammal park.

The next day, Chuck's office is full of women. He asks Stu if anything's different about him; they also find that Carol is engaged thanks to Chuck being a lucky charm. His date that evening wants to have sex with him because of the charm, but he gets an emergency call from Cam, who chipped her tooth in a work accident at the penguin exhibit. He fixes her tooth, but instead of accepting monetary payment, he asks her out for dinner, but Cam declines as she is not emotionally ready. He returns home to find his receptionist Reba coming onto him hoping he will be her lucky charm.

Stu encourages Chuck to indulge in more "guilt-free sex", and Chuck does so. However, he still has feelings for Cam, and asks her out. Chuck and Cam's relationship deepens, but when Stu calls Chuck and tells him that every single woman Chuck had slept with has gotten married, Chuck gets cold feet and leaves.

Stu and Chuck test the curse on an ugly, obese woman named Eleanor. Meanwhile, Chuck pretends to be sick and maintains a distance relationship with Cam by phone and by computer video. Observing that Eleanor has not seen anyone, Chuck makes Stu ask her out. After Stu confirms he did that and that Eleanor hasn't fallen for him, Chuck rushes to Cam's place and they have sex. The next morning, when Chuck sees Eleanor on TV happily kissing another man, he angrily calls Stu, who admits he only pretended to ask her out. Worried that Cam will now find her true love, Chuck smothers her in increasingly annoying ways, until Cam eventually dumps him. While talking with Reba, Chuck sees a bottle spinning on the ground; he and Stu locate Anisha's home. Chuck asks Anisha to dismiss the curse, but Anisha reveals to Chuck that the curse was not truly real, and that her love back then was just a childhood crush. She encourages him to let go of the girl he is interested in, if he truly loves her.

Chuck arranges for Cam to meet Howard Blaine, the penguin expert author that Cam admires. Later, Stu and his new three-breasted fiancée Lara tell Chuck that Cam is heading to Antarctica with Howard. Chuck catches her on the plane and pleads her not to go, but Cam explains that she will be back on Wednesday and she is going with both Howard and his wife. He leaves her with a ring box with a pebble, a reference to a previous discussion about what a penguin would do to court a lifetime mate. Cam calls back for Chuck and they kiss. Meanwhile, Anisha pulls out her old childhood occult keepsake box, and removes a pin from a voodoo doll of Chuck. A year later, Chuck and Cam are in Antarctica together looking at the southern lights while surrounded by penguins.

During the closing credits, the housesitting Stu and Lara find a sex tape involving Chuck, Cam, and a stuffed penguin.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Good Luck Chuck 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."[4] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 19 out of 100, based on 23 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[5]

Roger Ebert awarded the film 1 out of 4 stars, branding it "potty-mouthed and brain-damaged", whilst his reviewing partner, Richard Roeper also rated it poorly.[6][7]

British film critic Mark Kermode named it the worst film of 2007.[citation needed]

Box office[edit]

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.[3][8] The film went on to have a total box office tally of approximately $35 million U.S. and $24 million foreign.

Accolades[edit]

The film earned two Razzie Award nominations including Worst Actress (Jessica Alba) and Worst Screen Couple (Alba and Dane Cook), but lost to Lindsay Lohan for I Know Who Killed Me.[9]

Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Raspberry Awards[9] Worst Actress Jessica Alba Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Jessica Alba and Dane Cook

Production[edit]

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.[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was released on 18 September 2007.

  1. "I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow" (Flaming Lips)
  2. "Accident Prone" (The Honorary Title)
  3. "Good Luck Chuck" (The Dandy Warhols)
  4. "Love It When You Call" – Cherrytree House Version (The Feeling)
  5. "Good Weekend" (Art Brut)
  6. "Hurry Up Let's Go" (Shout Out Louds)
  7. "Shut Me Out" (Aidan Hawken) – 2:49
  8. "You're Gonna Get It" (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings)
  9. "The Whistle Song" (Pepper)
  10. "You Might Think" (The Cars)
  11. "Physical" (Olivia Newton-John)
  12. "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus)
  13. "Crazy in Love" (Antique Gold)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Good Luck Chuck". British Film Institute. 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  2. ^ "Good Luck Chuck Box Office Data". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Good Luck Chuck (2007) – Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Good Luck Chuck". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Good Luck Chuck (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Roger Ebert (20 September 2007). "Good Luck Chuck". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Snarky Snippets From 2007 Movie Reviews". The Washington Post. December 29, 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  8. ^ "'Resident Evil' proves zombies rule box office". Associated Press via Today.com. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Golden Raspberry Award Foundation". www.razzies.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Film Alberta Studios". Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-02-27.

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