out of Five
Running time: 118
Surprisingly sweet, good-natured comedy – low on bad taste gags and
featuring strong comic performances from Kinnear and Damon.
Stuck On You is the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers, the writing-directing team behind There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and Shallow Hal.
Given that their chosen subject matter this time round is a pair of conjoined twins, you could be forgiven for expecting an onslaught of borderline offensive, bad taste gross-out gags of the type that made them famous in the first place – indeed, the film has already attracted heavy criticism in the States, albeit from people who clearly haven’t seen it.
Surprisingly Sweet Film
However, as with Shallow Hal, Stuck On You is surprisingly low on bad taste gags, instead delivering a sweet-natured, warm-hearted comedy that’s both funny and surprisingly moving.
Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear star as conjoined twins Bob and Walt Tenor,
owners and head chefs of a fast food restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard, New England. However Walt (Kinnear) has always wanted to be an actor, so, after years of amateur stage productions (with a supportive but stage-struck Bob shuffling along beside him), he persuades Bob to move to L.A. so that he can try and make it in Hollywood.
As luck would have it, they meet Cher (gamely playing herself as a total bitch), who has a TV contract she wants to get out of, one that allows her to choose her own male co-star…
Meanwhile, Bob (the shyer of the two – Walt is the ladies’ man) has a
girlfriend he has met over the internet, who also lives in L.A. There’s only one slight problem – he hasn’t told her he’s a conjoined twin…
Both Kinnear and Damon are superb as Bob and Walt, turning in strong,
likeable performances that really make you care about the character(s).
There’s also good support from Eva Mendes (who, inexplicably, seems to be in everything at the moment), Seymour Cassel (as Morty, their dodgy agent) and Wen Yann Shih (as Bob’s girlfriend), as well as a wonderful cameo from Meryl Streep with a glorious final scene payoff that’s worth the price of admission alone.
Inoffensive But Subversive
Basically, if you’re not offended by the premise of the film, then you’re unlikely to be offended by anything in it. There’s only one even vaguely risqué sight gag (Walt having sex while Bob, separated by a curtain, is trying to write a letter – “Would you mind typing on your knees for a bit?”) and no gross-out humour at all.
There are some superb scenes – highlights include the hilarious fight in the bar and – the scene you spend half the movie waiting for - the scene where they finally argue and come to blows. (“Yeah, you BETTER run!”). The script is also pretty good, with several top quality one-liners. (Arguably, it’s also fairly subversive, as the film is, essentially, a love story between the two men.).
If the film has a fault, it’s only that at two hours, it’s a little too long for a comedy. In addition, the female characters are underwritten and could have been given a little more to do.
In short, Stuck On You is a sweet, moving comedy with great performances and several laugh-out-loud gags. It’s also an awful lot better than you may have already heard and is definitely worth seeing, providing the premise appeals in the first place.