MOVIE REVIEW: “Twins” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Predator), Danny DeVito (Batman Returns, Matilda), Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire, The Cat in the Hat ), Chloe Webb (Sid and Nancy, Practical Magic), Bonnie Bartlett (St. Elsewhere [TV series], V), Marshall Bell (Starship Troopers, Total Recall ), Trey Wilson (Raising Arizona, Bull Durham), David Caruso (First Blood, CSI: Miami [TV series]), Hugh O’Brian (Game of Death, Ten Little Indians), Tony Jay (The Hunchback of Notre Dame , Time Bandits), Nehemiah Persoff (An American Tale, Some Like It Hot), Maury Chaykin (Dances with Wolves, My Cousin Vinny), Tom McCleister (Envy, Midnight Run), and David Efron (Hard Target, Physical Evidence). It is directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop), and written by William Davies (How to Train Your Dragon, Johnny English), William Osborne (Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, The Scorpion King), Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Space Jam), and Herschel Weingrod (Pure Luck, Lifted).
Julius Benedict (Schwarzenegger), an intellect bred in a research lab by the world’s finest men, discovers he has a twin brother, Vincent (DeVito), and decides to leave his island home for America to find him.
Let’s start 2021 right with a comedy for the ages. How is it that I have never seen 1988’s “Twins”? Because this film has everything it takes to have been apart of my childhood: a whacky storyline, tour de force comedy performances, and a slew of jokes that will make you hate the fact that you’re laughing (because they are just that stupid). It’s truly wonderful, and I am saddened to have only seen it at 22 years of age.
Before I go on, I must clear the air: I know this is a dumb film. I mean… did you read the logline? If you thought that sounded ludicrous (LUDA!), wait until you see the full story (that’s if you feel inclined to watch it, of course). There’s quite a bit of convenient moments built into the plot, as well as characters who are kind of… one dimensional? Particularly the female roles of Marnie and Linda Mason, played by the late Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb respectfully. Sure, I’d be in awe of Arnold’s muscles like any other person, but for a girl like Marnie to fall for him enough to leave her job and travel cross country with him (after only meeting him, like, a day prior?) seems like a stretch. And Linda. Poor Linda. She’s a dunce to follow Vincent around with the scumbag he is. But I digress. This is an 80’s comedy that hinges on the fact that Arnold and Danny are twins; I should not expect anything intricate (and neither should you).
With all of that out of the way, let me express my next point: I loved this movie. Yes, I know, and I can’t lie. “Twins” is thoroughly entertaining, with plenty of jokes that made me laugh, solid performances that are memorable, and enough crazy situations to keep me engaged throughout the journey. It’s fun, guys. Loads of fun. The kind of fun where you know the filmmakers had a good time putting it together.
Arnold surprised me, turning in a phenomenal comedic role that left a good impression. His chemistry with Danny DeVito, while odd at the outset, worked brilliantly, and created a strong gel to hold the story together. Honestly, if it were any other two people, it may have not worked (I dare you to try to shoot a remake with the Rock and Kevin Hart, Hollywood!). They’re that good, and at the end of the day, I didn’t care how idiotic the plot was. The heart behind it worked, producing a tale that I will certainly return to for more laughs and quality time. I understand that there is an audience for this one. Not everyone will be able to get past the silly outer coating, but those who do will have a blast. Take my brother, for instance, who started watching the film with me forty minutes in and stayed until the end; it holds that much entertainment value (at least for us). So, if you are looking for a good laugh and relaxing watch to take the edge off life, check this classic out. FINAL SCORE: 87%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: