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Stuck on You  (2003)

 

Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Eva Mendez

Directors: The Farrelly Brothers

Rating: PG-13

Distributor: Fox Home Entertainment

Release Date: April 27, 2004
Review posted: May 3, 2004

Spoilers: None

 

Reviewed by Craig Younkin

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear) are conjoined twins living in small town, Massachusetts. Their lives are perfect. They run their own burger business, they play on the company hockey team, and above all, the two are accepted by the town for who they are.


Walt also acts in his own one-man show, which is something that drives the much shyer Bobby into a panic attack every time. Walt has dreams of becoming a big star out in LA, and Bobby, being the much more caring of the two, agrees to support him in anyway he can. So the two leave for the big city to do what no two conjoined people have ever done before, make it in Hollywood.

 

CRITIQUE


The "Farrelly" name used to be very common with clever gross-out comedy. Not anymore. The brothers have gone from hair gel to just relying on easy targets such as fat people and conjoined twins. Stuck on You has a few sight gags worth a chuckle, such as them playing baseball or a TV camera trying desperately to keep Bob out of the shot, but those are few and far between. The Farrelly's show a real unwillingness to offend these characters so many of the other gags are just lame. Combine that with a bland and predictable story and this is a real boring time.


Kinnear and Damon are well cast. The movie is about the closeness of brothers and the two really share some touching scenes together. Sadly most of their comic material falls flat. It becomes very obvious after a while that, like Shallow Hal, this movie is based more on one big gimmick. It's a "two joke comedy" with nothing fresh to offer.

 

THE VIDEO

 

Fox presents Stuck on You in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen.  The film's fullscreen version (1.33:1) is available separately.

 

THE AUDIO

 

Fox presents Stuck on You in English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound. Spanish and French Dolby dub tracks are available.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

Deleted Scenes: These show the brothers getting robbed, being on a date with Bob's internet pen pal, and playing tennis. There is a scene where both are pulled over for drunk driving that is kind of funny, but otherwise there is nothing here with any great meaning to the movie.

It's Funny Documentary: This documentary talks about the Farrelly's brothers and their films. It's long, but it does feature some commentary by stars who have worked with them in the past. Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Renee Zellweger, and Jack Black add their takes on the time they spent with the Farrelly brothers, and if you care to get into the the "Farrelly" mindset for making a movie, then this is something you should check out.


Stuck Together Documentary: This one talks about how the Farrelly's always wanted to work with Kinnear and Damon, the two characters they play, and the cameos by Meryll Streep, Cher, New England Quarterback Tom Brady and Buffalo Line Backer Lawyer Milloy. There isn't much here.


Make-Up Effects: This is probably the most interesting part of the entire DVD. It shows how Kinnear and Damon had to be harnessed into a body cast and all the extras that had to be added to make it look as real as possible. In total, it was an 8 to 10 hour process.


Blooper Reel: These features Damon and Kinnear doing some very funny impressions of Ted Koppel and Mike Tyson, but otherwise it is just run of the mill bloopers. Actors crack up during their performance, cell phones ring, etc.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

The movie isn't very good and despite having an over abundance of documentaries, the special features don't really shower you with important info. This is a rental at best.

 

VERDICT: RENT IT

 

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THE MOVIE

4

THE VIDEO

8

THE AUDIO

8

THE EXTRAS

6

OVERALL

5

 

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