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Overall Rating
3.27

Awesome: 5.41%
Worth A Look48.65%
Average: 24.32%
Pretty Bad: 10.81%
Total Crap: 10.81%

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Stuck on You (2003)
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Sticky"
3 stars

Don’t be fooled by the bland title: the potential for discomfort in the central idea alerts you that Stuck On You is a film by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary). Who else would make a comedy about conjoined (“Siamese”) twins?

Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play Bob and Walt Tenor, the 32 year-old twin brothers in question. Yes, Kinnear is seven years older than Damon, but Walt is sharing Bob’s liver and consequently aging faster. Joined at the hip by a fleshly bridge spanning nine inches, Bob and Walt have developed a smoothly coordinated rhythm to their joint movement that’s allowed them to excel at ice hockey and football and all manner of physical activities.

Walt’s a smooth-talking Casanova who fancies himself an actor. When Walt’s up on stage, Bob hangs behind in the background, sweating profusely and blinking in stage fright, perpetually on the verge of a panic attack. So Bob isn’t thrilled about leaving behind the safe environment of their Quickee Burger store in Martha’s Vineyard to try Walt’s luck in Hollywood. But, as kids, they made a blood pact to never hold each other back and Bob’s the kind of guy who respects a pact.

Would anyone see Stuck On You if real-life conjoined twins played Walt and Bob? The beginning and end of this movie are all about how cuddly people with disabilities can be, and how cool it is for actors of the calibre of Damon and Kinnear to want to play them. Still, at least Stuck On You is a mainstream comedy rather than an anguished drama, so no one’s going all-out to win an Oscar.

What gives Stuck On You its lift is the middle section, where it becomes a delirious making-it-in-show-business story, with a bubble-headed charm reminiscent of 1930s films like 42nd Street, A Star is Born and Stage Door. Eva Mendes sparkles as a none-too-smart aspiring starlet. On seeing Bob and Walt’s joined skin, she exclaims in wonder “Where’d you get this done?” and shows them her breast implants.

To add genuine star quality to the Hollywood scenes, there’s a cameo by Meryl Streep and a good sport performance from Cher playing “herself”. Or at least a version of herself that mercilessly sends up her public image. She vamps about in ridiculously revealing outfits, rates herself according to tabloid magazines, dates a teenager (I won’t spoil the joke by saying who) and takes a role in a lousy TV series only to sabotage it (after screaming at her manager “I’m a f*cking Oscar winner!”). Cher has a wild old time and Stuck On You owes its brightest moments to her.

The Farrelly brothers wrote the screenplay based on a story by Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin and themselves. It’s unclear what attracted them to making a film about conjoined twins, but it seems to amount to “hey, how neat would it be to hang with your best mate all day long?” In their favour, the Farrellys exploit the comic possibilities of the concept without resorting to gross-out humour or snide offensiveness. The only thing that might make you gag is the sentiment, which threatens to overwhelm everything by the end.

Damon and Kinnear take care to make each brother distinctive and Bob and Walt’s male friendship, based on co-dependence, is surprisingly touching. It’s a shame that Stuck On You reverts to an ordinary buddy-buddy movie in the overly icky final act.

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User Comments

1/26/08 Pamela White sucks 2 stars
6/06/07 David Pollastrini pretty awful 2 stars
5/20/07 Jeff Anderson Barely funny & slack. The effortlessly sexy Eva Mendes is it's LONE & ONLY SAVING GRACE!!!! 2 stars
2/21/06 Quigley Why did I see this wretched movie before I saw "The Return of the King"!?! 2 stars
2/21/06 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
8/12/05 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
11/25/04 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
6/19/04 J A delightful comedy of brotherhood! *** out 4 4 stars
5/29/04 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
5/07/04 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
4/29/04 The Dude I'll take a Pile of Shit with a side order of retarded freaks. 2 stars
4/15/04 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
3/13/04 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
3/08/04 Maureen I noticed a lot of intellectual humour that went right over the heads of the audience. 5 stars
2/27/04 Boris Funny in parts. Boring for the most part. 2 stars
2/22/04 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
2/21/04 Ashley Corpening Overall entertaining; a bit too much bathos following separation. 4 stars
1/21/04 Betty White Nearly laughless bathroom comedy; what was Streep thinking!? 1 stars
1/04/04 Littlepurch Few good jokes from Meryl Streep and Cher but that's all. Me Myself & Irene much funnier. 2 stars
1/03/04 A F Should have been rated R. Farrelly movies need to be R. 4 stars
12/31/03 Rod Johnston Stuck on You sounds like my favorite porn movie to me! Get it? Stuck (or suck) on you! 5 stars
12/28/03 bender 200 times better than shallow hal, not the funniest FB'S, but...funny enough 4 stars
12/23/03 jada terrible, shallow hal was funnier 1 stars
12/22/03 Snickerdoodle Funny comedy with a heart. 4 stars
12/22/03 bob Funny! Not the FB's best movie ...but funny 4 stars
12/19/03 Richard Sterman Great funny film. Lots of cameo appearences 4 stars
12/19/03 Mr. W Surprisingly charming, worth the $9.50 4 stars
12/17/03 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
12/12/03 Joanne O Thought it was hysterical. A comedy that actually made me laugh out loud many times! 4 stars
12/11/03 daniel blah 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  12-Dec-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Apr-2004

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Australia
  12-Feb-2004




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