Sexuality And Sexual Orientation Within The Movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry

761 Words Nov 17th, 2016 4 Pages
According to Benshoff and Griffin (2009), sexuality is used to describe one’s sexual orientation. Generally, the level of sexuality in Hollywood films has remained consistent. However, when they present characters that have a different sexual orientation, rather than what society views as the “normal”, boy-and-girl, husband-and-wife-relationship, these characters are seemingly, made into a mockery (The Celluloid Closet, 1995). With the influence of media, it is acceptable to say that society favors heterosexism. This concept means that our people are orbited around the idea that heterosexuality is the only natural sexual orientation and should be superior above all others (Benshoff & Griffin, 2009, p. 306). After watching the movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, I felt as though it portrayed a great example of this sort of laughingstock we see amongst Hollywood films and homosexuality. The audience is presented with two main characters, Chuck and Larry. They are best friends and both work for the New York Fire Department. Following the passing of his wife, Larry is slapped in the face with a huge dilemma that would leave his kids, Eric and Tori, unable to gain access to his pension if he were to suddenly die. So, Larry (and I say this sarcastically) does what any heterosexual man, and father would do and pretends to be in a domestic partnership with his best friend, Chuck. Their marriage soon becomes under scrutiny by a fraud inspector and is advised to consult with…

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