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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

‘Chuck and Larry” two hours and 20 minutes long?

So sometimes I try to figure out when I’ll be able to get home after a screening — you know, like, should I set the TiVo for something I wanna watch, or will I be home in time before it starts?

And so I just discovered that my Dreading flick, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, may be two hours and 20 minutes long. True, reports conflict: some sources say the film has a far more reasonable runtime of one hour and 50 minutes.

More reasonable, but still: this movie shouldn’t be more than 87 minutes. It’s a totally standard thing at screenings for critics to ask the publicists running the screening how long the film is, and to hear groans of despair from famous, big-name, way-influential critics when the response is anything more than “87 minutes,” which usually makes me groan. I usually figure that a movie should be as long as it needs to be to tell the story that it’s telling. Some three-hour films are “shorter” than some 90-minute movies.

But two hours and 20 minutes of Adam Sandler and Kevin James in fagface is too much. One hour and 50 minutes is pushing it.

Better souse up on alcohol before the screening…

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