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Stuck on You
Stuck on You isn't the funniest Farrelly Brothers movie ever, not by a long shot. It's not the worst either, I guess I should say it's the...cutest? Stuck on You is a genuinely nice film about brotherhood and family.
Bob and Walt Tenor are conjoined twins who have spent the entire thirty-two years of their lives on Martha's Vineyard. They are the best of friends and have sworn to be together forever. The pair work at the Quickee Burger as the fastest fry cook(s) the world has ever seen and seem to lead a very happy life unhindered by what some would consider a disability. Their future seems set, until one day, Walt expresses a desire to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Bob, not wanting to hold Walt back, agrees to make the move.
Though Bob and Walt are twins, their personalities are quite different. Walt is outgoing and gregarious, but Bob is a little more on the shy side. Walt gets action fairly regularly, while Bob pines for May, his e-mail buddy whom he has never met. This difference in character is visually illustrated in a scene where Bob, in bed, attempts to compose an e-mail while Walt has vigorous sex on the other side of a curtain. At one point, Walt pulls back the curtain and asks Bob, "Hey, can you type on your knees?"
Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon were not the Farrellys' first choice to play conjoined twins Bob and Walt. According to rumors on a number of industry sites, Jim Carrey and Woody Allen were originally wanted for the roles. Kinnear and Damon have a good dynamic, but their real life personalities are not opposite enough to create the laughs that might be generated by a Carrey/ Allen pairing. Personally, I'd like to see Jon Stewart return to the big screen paired with Charleton Heston.
There are a handful of laugh-out-loud moments in Stuck on You, but the jokes are fairly hit and miss throughout. The biggest problem is that the film never builds momentum. Humorous montage sequences of the boys playing goalie and going to the prom are followed by dead zones where the audiences' funny bone is left hanging. One scene in particular, where Walt approaches Meryl Streep in an L. A. restaurant, is completely laugh-free and seems achingly long. The scenes with Cher are amusing, and I have to give her credit for being a good sport. Cher quasi-plays herself in the film, and her nastiness is matched only by her shallow obsession with her career status.
In the end, Stuck on You isn't entertaining because it's a really funny film, it's entertaining because the brothers are constantly faced with bizarre situations and the Farrellys creatively find a way to get them out of it. For example, when Bob tries to hide from May that he is a conjoined twin, he and Walt go to amazing lengths to hide the fact they are stuck together: from spending the entirety of their first date inside a car, to Walt disguising himself as a giant "get well" teddy bear.
Ultimately, the most shocking thing about Stuck on You was its mildness. Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear work very well together and all the characters genuinely seem to care about each other. Fans of the Farrelly Brothers may be surprised at the level of sentimentality in Stuck on You, while non-Farrelly fans may find themselves enjoying the movie more than they expected.
-Megan A. Denny