The Farrelly brothers have covered stupidity, obesity and split personality disorder, so the obvious next step is to tackle conjoined twins. However, having watched their money-making ability dwindle in recent years, the Farrelly brothers have stepped up the jokes - and decreased the crudeness - in Stuck on You, their latest film starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear and, of all people, Cher.
Stuck on You is about two brothers who have been stuck at the hip since birth; they share a liver. Though they are best friends, they are quite different - Bob is a bit shy and Walt... well, he's not. When Walt decides that he finally needs to try his hand at professional acting, Bob agrees to go along with him to Los Angeles. Of course, marketing a pair of conjoined twins (don't call them Siamese because they are American) isn't easy, especially since only one of them wants to appear on camera. Luckily, Cher comes along and saves the day, but is Hollywood ready to accept a couple of "freaks?"
The great thing about Stuck on You is that it is funny without being over-the-top, despite the fact that the two main actors (both Oscar nominees) are glued together. The movie is still a Farrelly brothers movie, but they have done away with some of the more disgusting jokes that turned some audiences off, especially those found in Me, Myself and Irene, which, frankly, is their worst movie by far. The script is quite good, with lots of dialogue-driven jokes, and Damon and Kinnear play well off of one another.
Kudos should also go to Cher, who does a very good job of making fun of herself. After all, she plays herself in the movie, but plays herself as a complete bitch who is dating an 18-year old Frankie Muniz (who knows, maybe this isn't a change from her normal life).
Stuck on You does slow down toward the end and probably could have been edited a little more to speed things along. The first half hour is hilarious, the middle hour is entertaining, and the last half hour is just decent.
Little was expected from Stuck on You, and few people went to see it at theaters (whoever thought of the great idea to release this movie in December is an idiot), but it is a surprisingly good film that'll make for a fun rental.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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