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Stuck on You
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by Erik Childress

"We Are Siamese, If You Please."
4 stars

If I told you that the Farrelly Brothersí next movie was about a man who fakes a handicap to participate in the Special Olympics, it probably wouldnít shock you. After all, the combination of finding the humor in bad taste and their acknowledged work with the handicapped have made their films what they are today: some of the funniest comedies ever made. Somewhere along the way the brothers must have recognized that shock value will decrease over time and while that may limit the ďanything for a laughĒ mantra, it doesnít keep them from freshening the boundaries now and again.

The premise of their latest is inescapable. [Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play Bob and Walt, conjoined twins who are looked at beyond their handicap in Marthaís Vineyard where they grew up. So adapted to their condition, the brothers speak to each other as if they didnít share a liver and the community has allowed them to live and compete as one. Nowhere else would the rules of society tolerate a double-goalie on the hockey rink.

Their bond has made them agree to never get in the way of each otherís dreams and Waltís is to become an actor. His local performances always bring the house down despite Bobís Ted Striker-like bouts with stage fright. So itís off to Hollywood with them, where freakshows get off the bus every day in pursuit of success. Immediacy doesnít come in the land of intolerance until they meet Cher (yes, Cher) who is looking for a way out of her TV contract on a dopey private eye show. With final co-star approval, she plans to have the network singing ďwe are Siamese, if you please

Many of the filmís best moments take place on the set where the crew must create drastic ways to conceal Bobís appearance in the same frame as Walt. The addition of a hotel manager/wannabe screenwriter who has been cleverly hiding his blank pages for years turns the show into a ridiculous satire that threatens to spoil its secret gimmick. In the middle of Waltís success is Morty OíReilly (Seymour Cassel, effortlessly stealing the movie), a sleazebag agent so stuck in his own '70s timewarp that the Brady Bunch would tell him to get into the now. Casselís scenes just about trump everything else on the laugh meter.

Itís disappointing that the Farrellys didnít go all out with their Hollywood satire the way they did with underdog sports movies (Kingpin) and romantic comedies (Thereís Something About Mary). Their knack for telling a complete story within their laugh-a-second was an admirable touch that few comedy writers can pull off. Critics of Shallow Hal, despite growing a conscious that didnít allow fat jokes, felt they went too far with their sweetness at expense of the comedy.

Stuck On You does sidetrack itself too often with Bobís romantic interest in a girl (Wen Yann Shih) whom he met on the internet, one unaware of his brotherly attachment. But that connection is crucial beyond the mere novelty of the concept and the pairing of Damon and Kinnear works brilliantly. Actors are always looking for the next great challenge of their career, and can you honestly remember the last time you saw two actors joined at the hip that wasnít Queer As Folk?

Damon plays the low-key straight man in the relationship and Kinnear must literally match him step-by-step as the more confident half. He then gets to shine twice as much with Waltís stagework, even the curiously unfunny musical production that leaves the audience on only a literal high note. However, its existence is justified with a final moment that brings their bond into perspective, once again revealing the Farrellys' true intention for the storyís existence beyond the laughs.

Stuck On You had the potential to be a true classic, but is still stocked with enough big laughs to earn a place on your calendar. The Farrellys will probably never admit to the film metaphoring their own brotherly tie and adventures in Hollywood, instead trying to make a joke if you ever brought it up to them. And we would laugh and wait for the next gag as we watched the two of them put their brains together to devise it. Early in their career, audiences may have only been paying attention to the laughs and not recognizing the inherent sweetness that exemplified those hearty outbursts. We cared for the Dumb & Dumber friends, Woody Harrelsonís disgraced bowler and Ben Stillerís lovelorn protagonist. Now we care for the Tenor Brothers. And laugh our heads off along the way. Eh, gooey sweet or gross-out hysterical, as long as the Farrellys share a brain, I canít wait for their next comedy.

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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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  12-Dec-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Apr-2004



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