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