If you know the tune that goes along with those words, you’ve seen “Chuck & Buck.” And the memory of the tune may bring a smile to your face or it may make you squirm — if you’re like me, it makes you do both.
“Chuck & Buck” is a remarkable movie. Not only because it is a stalker movie without any violence. Not only because it wrings laugh out of painfully awkward situations. But because, looking at who worked together to make the movie, you’d wonder how it ever got made. The star and screenwriter, Mike White, got his first big break in the movies by writing the screenplay for “Dead Man on Campus.” Exactly.
OK, so he’s also written for “Dawson’s Creek” — a good show in its early seasons — and “Freaks and Geeks,” which unfortunately did not stick around long enough to get bad. How about the director? Miguel Arteta directed “Star Maps.” Precisely.
But here’s what’s especially surprising: it co-stars Chris Weitz as Chuck — or Charlie. Weitz was the producer of “American Pie,” wrote the screenplay to “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” and directed and wrote the new Hugh Grant clunker, “About a Boy.”
It just goes to show that you never know what gem will be produced by people who are otherwise Hollywood hacks. You may not like “Chuck & Buck,” but it is definitely a moviegoing experience you won’t soon forget.