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Stuck on You (2003)
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by Natasha Theobald

"A funny treat with a sweet, gooey center."
4 stars

I couldn't resist watching things about this movie before I was able to see it in the theater, but I really wish I had. I had seen too much of it before I got there, knew too much. I broke my rule and regretted it. Damn you, Comedy Central, for hiring Michael Ian Black to do the interviews. It was funny, yes, wacky, zany, etc. Luckily, in addition to the funny clips offered upfront to sell the film, there is also a sibling love story at its heart, a character core that resonated a bit beyond the laughs.

Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) are conjoined twins who have forged a very successful life side by side as a team against the world. They are good athletes. They are excellent short-order cooks. They are brothers whose bond is closer than any other. They are literally and figuratively connected, and, for a long time, it was all that either of them wanted or needed.

Now, though, Walt, a smash year after year at the local playhouse, would like to take a shot at the big time on the left coast. He convinces Bob to take the leap for his brother, as well as to meet his internet lover of three years, May (Wen Yann Shih). They arrive, find lodging, find representation, and toil toward Walt's dream. While doors are getting slammed in their faces professionally, they are able to make friends with various poolside cronies from April (Eva Mendes) to Moe (Terence Bernie Hines), the hilariously lazy hotel manager. It is only with a bit of luck and serendipity that the brothers are brought to the attention of Cher, with whom Walt gets a chance to make a real go of things. On a personal level, though, for the first time, Bob and Walt each begin to feel held back by attachment to the other.

The Farrelly brothers were wise to choose to cast actors instead of comedians in the roles of Bob and Walt. While there is lots of funny stuff to do, it takes the talents of Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear to get the audience on the side of the brothers and of the film. Some may complain that Farrelly movies are supposed to be pure comedy, but I don't think the added element of something more is a stretch or a mistake for them. Funny people through the ages, from Jackie Gleason to Chris Farley, have infused their comedy with a bit of heart and soul, to the delight of everyone. I like this turn of events and applaud it wholeheartedly.

In the same vein, the Farrelly brothers populate this movie with all different kinds of people, including people we aren't necessarily used to seeing on film. They are not self-congratulatory about it by putting people on display. There is nothing exploitive or crass about it. They just seem to know that people of special talent and ability are all around us, in many guises, and I respect the inclusion of that awareness in this movie about differences and love.

You will laugh at this movie, make no mistake, but you may also come away with a feeling of deep affection for the story and characters, or for someone to whom you are inextricably linked. Either way, it is worth seeing for the solid performances and script. This isn't a story that had to be told, but I'm glad it was and done well.

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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
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  DVD: 27-Apr-2004



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