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by Ryan Arthur

"Thank you for the cookies. I look forward to tossing them."
4 stars

An interesting premise, well executed.

Six men offered the genetic baby batter as a test subject for an experiment to create the perfect physical specimen. The six men represented brains, brawn and other physical and internal attributes, and the woman was supposedly the perfect woman (in al forms) for the job. Instead of giving birth to one child, the perfect physical specimen, she gave birth to twins. They were seperated at birth. One grew up as Julius (Arnold Schwarzennegger), a brilliant scientist (!) and a physical behemoth who speaks six languages. Julius is as close to the perfect man as scientists could have wanted.

The other grew up to be Vincent (Danny Devito), a small time con man. Vincent, as we are told, essentially got the leftovers. Neither man knew the other existed, until Julius is told of the experiment, and leaves his island paradise (in a rowboat!) to head for Hollywood in search of his long lost twin.

It's essentially a one joke movie, a two hour sight gag playing off the obvious lack of identical looks between the two stars.

Yet, it works. The two are similar in mannerisms and have good chemistry together. It's a sweet, occasionally goofy comedy. Each brother is given a romantic love interest (Chloe Webb for Devito and Kelly Preston for Schwarzenegger), and the four play well off of each other. There's a subplot involving a stolen car and industrial contraband that could've caused problems, turning the movie into a more action oriented picture, but director Ivan Reitman keeps it relativey low-key. It's the best comedic role Ah-nuld's had in his entire career (and, ironically, it was his first). He'd never be abe to duplicate his charm or comic timing later on in other straight comedy roles, like in Junior. Here, however, things sort of fall into place.

Not a great movie, by any means, but pretty good nonetheless.

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1/20/08 Pamela White Danny and Arnold make this fair movie worth watching. 3 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini very funny 4 stars
2/11/05 Jeff Anderson One of Ivan Reitman's best! Schwarzenegger is a delightful surprise & delivers the laughs!! 5 stars
5/21/04 John hardly a classic in any genre but DeVito and Schwarzenegger are good 3 stars
1/15/04 Samuel not much, but its ok 3 stars
11/08/03 Alan Worthy of watching one time, but only one time. 3 stars
4/01/03 Luke Skywalker Thank u for the cookies, I will look forward to tossing them 3 stars
12/15/02 R.W. Welch Unexceptional but well played; worth a look on a slow day. 3 stars
7/02/02 Sugarfoot Decent flick 3 stars
5/26/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi Thank u for the cookies, I will look forward to tossing them 3 stars
4/11/02 Jack Slater Sweet-natured and really wins you over in the end. Arnold & Danny, a perfect match 5 stars
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid A lot of charm, but pushing to the limit. He senses his brothers' burn from miles away! 4 stars
10/02/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Funny, Alot Better Then "Junior". 4 stars
8/17/01 Monster W. Kung Not a horrible piece of crap, but I don't like it. Not very funny, not that good. 2 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Arnold's first comedy, w/ some good action, too. 4 stars
5/03/01 Gracy Lionheart Worth a look...De Vito and Schwarzenegger twins...weird :-) 4 stars
1/25/01 dog a good holesome family movie 3 stars
3/10/00 David Rogers Arnold is a wimp in this one. Average, that's it. 3 stars
1/20/00 victor very funny 5 stars
12/13/99 Peter Cook This is one of the best comedy movies! 5 stars
6/10/99 Homer J. Simpson Arnold and Devito fit get as a team,"bring out the papers and the trash" 4 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob Good chemistry, but no stunning achievement. 3 stars
10/10/98 {{{OZ}}} Kelly Preston, Danny DeVito and Arnold doing comedy.. and somehow it's good. 4 stars
9/25/98 Des Bromilow Not bad, Not bad at all 3 stars
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