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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Stuck On You (Widescreen Edition)
Stuck On You (Widescreen Edition)
Fox // PG-13 // April 27, 2004
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Review by Ian Jane | posted April 26, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movies:

Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) are conjoined twins (or, for the less politically correct amongst us, Siamese twins). They are literally joined at the hip, they have been their entire life. This causes some obvious awkwardness for them – dating is an issue, and obviously so is sex, but they make the best of their situation and have made a decent living as line cook at their own hamburger join which they run in a small New England town.

One of Walt's favorite past times is performing on stage at the local theater. He's always wanted to be an actor and finally decides that he needs to make his attempt at the big time and move to Hollywood. Obviously, Bob has to go with him but he's willing to give it a shot for his brother's sake. Things don't go too well for Walt though, until a chance encounter with Cher (playing herself) leads to a lead on a legal drama that propels Walt to stardom.

While Walt is busy with his Hollywood career, Bob is stressing over the fact that he'll be meeting, in person for the first time, a girl who he's met and subsequently fallen in love with over the internet. The only problem there is that she doesn't know that he and Walt are conjoined, and he's not exactly wanting her to find out now after putting on a façade for so long.

Eventually, the brothers are forced to make a decision as to whether or not they need to have a medical operation to get separated or not, as their lives start leading them in different directions – Walt wants to stay in Hollywood as his star is on the rise and Bob wants to go back to the restaurant and live a quiet life in a small town.

Bobby and Peter Farrelley have been responsible for some absolutely hilarious films in their decade long career of movie making. Dumb And Dumber and Kingoin remain personal favorites and even though I've seen them so many times that the jokes are old hat by now, they still never fail to get a laugh out of me. Too bad I can't say the same thing about Stuck On You. The film has it's moments – an incident involving some romantic mood music made me bust a gut and Cher's affair with a famous child star cracked me up – but the humor is rather predictable and what starts off as an interesting look at a rather touchy subject quickly heads into the dreaded 'feel good comedy' territory.

Damon and Kinnear are decent enough in the leads and Cher, who normally drives me nuts, is good in her supporting role. A few of the character actors in the smaller bit parts also stand out in a few scenes, which builds up a likeable cast of characters, but the movie can only be as good as it's weakest link. Sadly, that weakest link is the script, which gets off to a strong start but quickly sours and results in a movie that, while it has it's moments, is probably only worth seeing once (and only if you have nothing else to watch). It's not terrible, it's just mediocre, which is made all the worse by the fact that it did show some potential.

The DVD

Video:

Stuck On You gets a very nice 1.85.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that results in a highly detailed picture with nice, natural looking flesh tones, deep and consistent black levels, and barely a hint of print damage. There is some reasonably active edge enhancement that you'll pick up if you find yourself looking for it but aside from that the movie looks very nice.

Sound:

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix (with removable English and Spanish subtitles) is good, but not great. There's very little action in the lower front end of the mix even when it sounds like maybe they should be. Rear speakers are used sparingly and add some nice depth to mix, filling up the room with some background noise and mild directional effects. Most of the film is dialogue driven, it's not effects heavy at all, so it's good news that the dialogue, which is almost entirely relegated to the front of the sound stage, is crisp and clear.

Extras:

The chief reason to pick up this release is the commentary track, available off of the Extra Features section of the disc. The Farrelly brothers provide more laughs on this track then they do in the actual film and while many of the jokes are a little on the corny side, they're still pretty funny. Aside from the jokes though, there is plenty of information contained in the track as well and most of the aspects about getting the film made are at least touched on, with a lot of time spent explaining how they came up with the characters and why certain cast members were chosen for the film.

Up next are eight deleted scenes, the names of which are pretty much self explanatory - Walt And Bob Get Their Photo Taken, Bob And May At The Drive-In, Pavlov's Dong, Bob Wins At Tennis, Cher Has A Scoop, Table For One, Busted, and finally, Fishing. There are a few funny moments contained throughout these little bits and pieces but none of them really add much to the overall story. Regardless, it's nice to see them and they're worth watching once.

A sixteen-minute featurette entitled It's Funny! The Farrelly Formula features snippets from a lot of the big names who have worked with the brothers in the past. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Matt Damon, Chris Elliott, Ben Stiller and Greg Kinnear are all on hand to give their thoughts on what makes their comedy films work so well. The brothers themselves are also interviewed and they talk in a bit of detail about how they stick to their own creative process to get their movies made.

Two featurettes on the film itself are also included – The Make Up Effects Of Stuck On You (twelve minutes) and Stuck Together – Bringing Stuck On You To The Big Screen. These gives some insight into the effects work that was used in the feature as well as some of the difficulties that the filmmakers had to overcome to get the film finished. They're not too in depth but are at least mildly interesting, the make up piece in particular as some of the prostethics used are quite bizarre.

Rounding out the supplements are a rather unfunny blooper reel that runs about sixteen minutes and features some outtakes from the film, a teaser and a trailer for Stuck On You, trailers for Cheaper By The Dozen, There's Something About Mary, In Living Color Season One and a few Inside Looks at the movies that are coming out from Fox in the summer of 2004 including Dodgeball, Aliens Vs. Predator, Man On Fire and Day After Tomorrow. These are basically really short 'making of' featurettes for unrelated films (though I'm looking forward to Aliens Vs. Predator so that was at least a nice surprise!).

Final Thoughts:

Stuck On You is certainly not one of the Farrelly Brothers' best films. It does have its moments, but is best served as a rental, despite the fact that Fox has done a solid job on the DVD release with good audio and video and some solid extras. Rent it.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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