Twins (1988)


“Look, Julius. Do you know how many times I’ve heard stories like this? It’s every orphan’s fantasy. My real mom and dad were rich, and beautiful. But… there was a mix-up at the hospital. And I got switched with another baby. But one day, there’s gonna be a knock at the door. And there they’ll be, with open arms, crying, “My darling. My treasure. We didn’t know. How can we make it up to you?” Let me tell you something for your own good Julius. It a CROCK! ” – Vincent

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’88, cable, video and 1 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A genetically perfect man living on a secluded island travels to the US in order to find his long lost twin brother.

My Take on it – This film has a great overall premise and it isn’t surprising at all that the pairing of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito as brothers would work in comic situations.

Their ‘Mutt and Jeff’ routine works largely due to the fact that it would be nearly impossible to find a pair of actors more diametrically opposites than these two.

The problem with this film is the story and plot; it limps along most of the time trying to get by just on the joke of these two actors being brothers and doesn’t manage to do enough to make things even more entertaining as one would hope.

The jokes about their differences work at the beginning but they run out of steam by the midpoint and just feel like they are attempting to constantly rehash the same joke over and over.

This film doesn’t age very well and just isn’t nearly as good as was perceived when it came out three decades ago.

It’s still good for a few laughs but not much more than that.

Bottom Line – Fun story that works for what it was meant to do but nothing beyond. The ‘Mutt and Jeff’ pairing of Schwarzenegger and Devito is quite good because you couldn’t really expect to find actors so diametrically opposites to play brothers. The storyline limps along and doesn’t manage to stay as entertaining as one would hope. The jokes work at the beginning yet taper off to a point where it just isn’t as funny watching these two together. This isn’t a film that ages very well and after thirty years just isn’t as good as it was perceived to be when it came out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Schwarzenegger got 20% of the profits, and made $35,000,000 through international sales, video/DVD sales and TV screenings. He earned more money from Twins (1988) than any of the Terminator movies.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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