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Stuck on You (2003)
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by EricDSnider

"Good-natured Siamese twin fun."
4 stars

Bobby and Peter Farrelly will probably always be known as envelope-pushing filmmakers for whom nothing is off-limits, but that reputation comes almost entirely from the hair-gel scene in "There's Something About Mary." "Me, Myself and Irene" was legitimately vulgar, but who remembers it?) They went ultra-P.C. (and got too serious) in "Shallow Hal," and now they offer up another helping of genteel, albeit unusual humor in "Stuck on You." In fact, "unusual" might be the best way to describe the Farrelly brothers' humor from now on, rather than "envelope-pushing."

Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) are conjoined twins, bound at the midsection and sharing a liver but otherwise two complete men (four arms, four legs, etc.). Bob is a shy athlete, while Walt is a ladies' man and amateur actor. They work together at the Martha's Vineyard hamburger stand on that Bob owns, with their combined, well-choreographed efforts at the grill guaranteeing every meal is ready in under three minutes. They are perfectly happy being conjoined, despite their personality differences, and have made it work for them.

But Walt is restless. He wants to move to L.A. to become a professional actor. Bob is happy staying put, and has panic attacks every time Walt is onstage (since he's there, too, trying to look inconspicuous). Walt points out that Bob's long-time online girlfriend, May, lives in L.A., and maybe it's time they finally met. He is persuasive, and Bob wants to help his brother follows his dream. They go.

In Tinseltown, they meet another aspiring actor, April (Eva Mendes), whom Walt starts dating and who couldn't care less that he has a brother attached to him. After a chance meeting with Cher (in a self-effacing supporting role), Walt is cast with her in a lame TV crime drama. It seems Cher wants out of the contract and uses her casting options to hire someone she thinks the network will dislike as her co-star, prompting them to let her out of her obligation. But they call her bluff and start shooting the show, instructing the cameramen to always keep Walt at the far left edge of the frame so that Bob is out of sight.

Oh, and May (Wenn Yann Shih). It turns out Bob never told her he was a Siamese twin -- and he manages to keep it a secret from her even as they begin dating, with various excuses being made for Walt's frequent proximity. There's that Farrelly absurdity, taking the common romantic-comedy plot device in which one lover has lied to the other, and taking it to the extreme. For how could you possibly keep such an obvious thing a secret?

In all their films, the Farrellys have employed an underlying sweetness. Here it is to be found in Bob and Walt's way of eliminating or disregarding every inconvenience their situation must cause, and to turn them into strengths, even. Their sunny outlook comes from years of refusing to consider themselves unusual, and that positive attitude permeates the film. While everyone notices they're conjoined twins, only the bad guys make an issue of it. It reminds me of how no one thought it was strange that the family in "Stuart Little" adopted a mouse instead of a child.

Damon and Kinnear are affable and funny. It's not believable they'd even be friends, let alone twin brothers, but that's part of the joke in the surreal world of the movie. They have a good comedic rapport and do some excellent physical shtick, too, notably in a fistfight they get into with each other. Seymour Cassel is also very funny as Morty O'Reilly, Walt's 80-year-old Hollywood agent who is decidedly old-school. ("Cronkite's gonna have a field day with this!" he says in reference to a news story's upcoming TV announcement.)

As is their custom, the Farrellys (who share story credit with frequent cohorts and producers Charles B. Wessler and Bennett Yellin) have allowed the film to go to theaters with a running time that's at least 15 minutes too long. The jokes are hit or miss, with a few too many hardy-har-har, "I'm starring in a one-man show"; "You had a friend over? Where was I?"; "If so-and-so calls, tell her I'm not here" kind of gags between the brothers. But, then again, the world of Siamese twins has not been mined for laughs very extensively in the past, so who can blame the Farrellys for doing all the digging they can? Most of what they come up with is pretty good.

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User Comments

1/26/08 Pamela White sucks 2 stars
6/05/07 David Pollastrini pretty awful 2 stars
5/19/07 Jeff Anderson Barely funny & slack. The effortlessly sexy Eva Mendes is it's LONE & ONLY SAVING GRACE!!!! 2 stars
2/20/06 Quigley Why did I see this wretched movie before I saw "The Return of the King"!?! 2 stars
2/20/06 Agent Sands Possibly the Farrelly brothers' best movie, next to Me, Myself & Irene. 4 stars
11/30/05 CONSTANTINE MEh! - The LOVELY Eva Mendes Was The Only Saving Grace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
9/03/05 Rehan Saeed the movie is enjoyable, but the kind you only see once. 4 stars
8/11/05 ALDO Better than There's Something About Mary, that overrated d-bag favorite 4 stars
1/06/05 Archanist_101 Seems they've fallen into the PG-13 trap... Oh well, Eva Mendes was worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
11/24/04 Anita Bonghit Coupla laffs at the stupidity, couple genuine. Cher helps, Streep too 4 stars
6/21/04 Dick Logan Totally unfunny and painful to watch. Walked out of the theater. 1 stars
6/18/04 J A delightful comedy of brotherhood! *** out 4 4 stars
5/28/04 Suzette One of Greg Kinnear's worse movies! 1 stars
5/08/04 Christian enjoyed it's humor and cast up to the very final ! 5 stars
5/07/04 Ben Great A+++ 4 stars
5/06/04 Mickey With A C UNFUNNY 2 stars
5/03/04 J ROC This movie was painful to watch.....absolutely horrible. Possibly the worst movie ever. 1 stars
5/03/04 Caiphn Horrid. Absolutely awful. Not funny and completely boring. No idea how anyone enjoyed this. 1 stars
4/28/04 The Dude I'll take a Pile of Shit with a side order of retarded freaks. 2 stars
4/14/04 rojo Farrelly bros are bizarre and so is this movie. 4 stars
3/14/04 Jack It could have been better but still funny 1 stars
3/14/04 Sticky Numm it was a good movie 3 stars
3/14/04 FARNQWO Not exactly side-splitting but very entertainig nevertherless 4 stars
3/12/04 Cheryl Conway How many consecutive (but thoroughly dissimilar) bad hair days can Cher have? 3 stars
3/08/04 Goofy Maxwell Incredible! Smart, crude humor that seperates itself from it's gross imitators. 5 stars
3/07/04 Maureen I noticed a lot of intellectual humour that went right over the heads of the audience. 5 stars
2/26/04 Boris Funny in parts. Boring for the most part. 2 stars
2/21/04 Oh, yeah? (real conjoined twins are always identical, by the way) Separation could never've been so life-threatening as their bumping around in sports, etc. 3 stars
2/20/04 Ashley Corpening Overall entertaining; a bit too much bathos following separation. 4 stars
1/20/04 Betty White Nearly laughless bathroom comedy; what was Streep thinking!? 1 stars
1/03/04 Littlepurch Few good jokes from Meryl Streep and Cher but that's all. Me Myself & Irene much funnier. 2 stars
1/02/04 A F Should have been rated R. Farrelly movies need to be R. 4 stars
12/30/03 Rod Johnston Stuck on You sounds like my favorite porn movie to me! Get it? Stuck (or suck) on you! 5 stars
12/27/03 bender 200 times better than shallow hal, not the funniest FB'S, but...funny enough 4 stars
12/22/03 jada terrible, shallow hal was funnier 1 stars
12/21/03 Snickerdoodle Funny comedy with a heart. 4 stars
12/21/03 bob Funny! Not the FB's best movie ...but funny 4 stars
12/18/03 Richard Sterman Great funny film. Lots of cameo appearences 4 stars
12/18/03 Mr. W Surprisingly charming, worth the $9.50 4 stars
12/16/03 gunit this bitch sucked dick hole 1 stars
12/14/03 ajay much better then shallow hal. I laughed out loud a couple of times... good 'odd' fun. 4 stars
12/13/03 Noel R Good Review Erick, film had lot of potential 3 stars
12/11/03 Joanne O Thought it was hysterical. A comedy that actually made me laugh out loud many times! 4 stars
12/10/03 daniel blah 3 stars
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  12-Dec-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Apr-2004



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