“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Mark Steilen / Actors: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear ... / DVD released 03 May, 2004 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen „
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Walt and Bob Tenor are conjoined twins who share a liver. They have not had the operation to be separated as there is only a 50% chance that Walt will survive so Bob has never agreed to have it done. They have had a good life and are well loved and respected in their home town. The brothers get on very well and live with their disability very well and it really has not held them back very much. Bob currently owns and runs a burger bar which is doing a great business but Walt still lives with his dream of becoming a famous actor.
Walt has not been able to pursue his dream as Bob is very shy and hates getting up on stage. It is decided though that Bob will give his brother the chance of living his dream by agreeing to move to Los Angeles. Walt soon finds an agent but is hard done by when he stars attending auditions.
Will Walt ever get his dream and become a famous actor and will Bob ever get over his nerves and finally manage to tell the girl he loves that he is a conjoined twin?
I did not have any expectations from this film and I really only bought it as it was a comedy and the price was good. I can say though that I am so glad I did as the film was hysterical at times and I was even laughing out loud at times. I loved the storyline and how they dealt with the downs handicap and I found it was actually quite moving at times when the brothers talked about being separated and showed just how much love they had for each other.
Matt Damon played the role of Bob and Greg Kinnear played the role of Walt. They were a slightly odd couple as Walt looked so much older than his brother but this was explained in the film as Bob got the majority of the liver so Walt ended up ageing faster. They really worked so well together and made their situation look so real. I found that the chemistry between them was good and seemed genuine. I think the way they developed during the film and the differences in the two characters worked very well and at times made for some very funny viewing.
There were some good supporting actors and actresses in the film, the main ones being Eva Mendes and Cher. Eva came across as the typical dumb bimbo and she seemed to be able to pull of the role and character very well. Cher was a surprise addition to the cast for me and I have to say she was in fact quite good. She came across as hard and tough but this is how her character was meant to be so it did work well. I also liked how she was able to have a joke about herself in the storyline.
The effects which were used on the conjoined brothers was very good and at no point was I able to see any marks or indication that it was not actually real. I loved how they took their time and made sure they were doing the parts correctly and making it look very real. The soundtrack to the film was good and I loved the lively tracks which we had. It all worked well and fitted into the storyline easily.
As I said before there were a lot of laugh out loud moments in the film and they came from both visual and spoken gags. I loved how we saw on of the brothers lying down reading with head phones on whilst his brother was having sex with a woman and how they were able to pick the other brother up to make them move and leave a room. This for me was at times verging on being daft but it just worked so well and had me howling out loud. It was not just the twins who were funny but the supporting actors also managed to bring some humour with them.
The DVD which I have does have some bonus features which include:-
Directors commentary by Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Inside look - Aliens v Predator behind the scenes
It's funny: The Farrelly formula
Stuck on You - Bringing stuck on you to the screen
Making it stick - The makeup effects of stuck on you.
As I am not a fan of bonus features I have not watched these so I am unable to comment on them.
The running time of the film is 113 minutes which I did find to be a great length and I was not loosing interest at any point. The certificate is a 15 and I do have to agree with this. This DVD is available in Tesco for just £3 which I felt to be a bargain.
I am going to have to recommend this film as it was great to watch as it made me laugh so many times and the acting was great.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
The Farrelly Brothers have made some great comedies - from the classic Dumb and Dumber, to the utterly bonkers likes of Me, Myself and Irene and, of course, lesser works such as Kingpin. They have a consistent madcap style that consists of "we'll try anything and enough of it will be funny that it doesn't matter if a few things don't work". I admire their carefree attitude, and it really shines through in Stuck on You.
The film revolves around two conjoined twins, Walt (Greg Kinnear) and Bob (Matt Damon), who use their disability to their advantage and are in fact quirte chaming guys. However, a spanner is thrown in the works somewhat given that Walt wants to have a career as an actor, while his brother Bob isn't so keen. However, he manages to convince him to go along for the ride, but of course, it isn't long before tensions rise, and so the two will have to decide if this is really what they want for themselves.
Like every other Farrelly film, this balances some crude and adult laughs with a very heartfelt message, this time about acceptance and tolerance. Damon in particular is great, but Kinnear also shines, making this a fine, often hilarious pairing.
I can't lie to you - I thought this was a great film even with its overly loony premise. Damon was a surprise casting choice to me, but he served up a superb comedic performance as he has also proven in the Kevin Smith classic Dogma. I'm a sucker for the Farrelly brothers, and this is no excepton. A sweet and heart-warming tale at its core.
Film 4 are doing an excellent comedy season at the moment with their main film at 9.00 in the evening and a couple of nights ago this was on offer. When I read the summary on the TV it did not sound that good but actually it was not as bad as I thought it would be, it is still a long way from a classic comedy but it did have a few laughs along the way.
Made by the Farrelly Brothers who tend to specialise in gross out comedy it tells the story of two cojoined twin brothers who travel to Hollywood as one of them has dreams of being famous.
Matt Damon ... Bob Tenor
Greg Kinnear ... Walt Tenor
Eva Mendes ... April Mercedes
Wen Yann Shih ... May Fong
Pat Crawford Brown ... Mimmy
Ray 'Rocket' Valliere ... Rocket
Tommy Songin ... Tommy
Terence Bernie Hines ... Moe Neary
Cher ... Cher / Honey
Jackie Flynn ... Howard
Seymour Cassel ... Morty O'Reilly
Matt Damon and Gregg Kinnear star as the twins and initially Walt (Kinnear) lands a role alongside Cher in a TV show. Much of the humour is siort of predictable as it relies on the fact that the brothers are linked so fairly normal things are made funny by this fact such as when one of then goes on a date and especially when they get lucky.
What I did feel is that the comedy dwelled far to much on this physical link and failed to deliver any real plot to carry the film past the initial uncomfortable laughs that you have, after a while the joke started to wear a bit thin, added to that is the fact that Matt Damon was a bit wooden in the role and this film barely rose above the avegae comedy tag.
This is an odd little film by the well known brothers, the Farrelly's. The premise of conjoined twins is certainly an odd thing, but once you watch it, it is much more then that.
Walt and Bob Tenor as well as sharing their life, share a kidney. The things they get upto are quite funny and unbelivable and that is where the comedic moments come from.
They are very talented at sport having competed at baseball, boxing and in goals at ice hockey. So this is where the unbelievable bits come in as I'm not sure conjoined twins would ever choose to do boxing, but I could be wrong.
They own a fast food joint and are the fastest burgers makers in the west. They employ other disabled people or people who would struggle to find work due to age etc. This means that they are readily accepted in the small community that they live in as they are out there and in your face.
They have a love for live and this is shown in how they don't let anything get in their way.
As you can imagine all aspects of their lifes are shared and I mean EVERYTHING!
Walt is an actor and decides to move to LA to fulfil his dream. Bob is happy to do this with him, but the problem is he suffers from very bad panic attacks, especially when he's on stage.
In LA they struggle to fit in and be accepted so a big, big decision is made. They decide to have the operation to be seperated.
They basically can't cope without each other and what they do, or don't do is just hilarious. Walt's fight scene is laugh out loud crazy. A definate Farrelly Brothers film.
Cher has a small role in the movie, playing herself, and does a great send up of the big headed, out of touch celebrity. Only at the end becoming human.
Its a great film that makes you laugh, understand and sumpathise. A great lesson for us all.
Rummage around in the Farrelly brothers office and youll probably find three things: a blindfold, a dart and a dartboard covered in mostly punctured Post-It notes. Each will have a short scrawl biro-etched onto it: clinical hyperobesity, severe personality disorder, incest, the mentally challenged
And, of course, conjoined twins.
Funnily enough, its actually been some time since the Farrelly brainstorm arrow pierced that particular Post-It: Stuck On You was originally hit upon after the filmmaking duo wrote Dumb & Dumber. Of course, the reason why it took so long to fruition was because the pitch had most studio suits spurting espresso over the meeting table
The Pitch: Despite being conjoined twins who share a liver, Bob and Walter Tenor are your classic overachievers. Bobs a keen sportsman and winner of numerous trophies, while Walts a talented stage actor. But when Walts dreams of stardom take these smalltown boys to Hollywood, their close-knit brotherly love threatens to unravel
Understandable, then. But, despite the touchy subject matter and the Farrellys apparent determination to be oh-so-boldly politically incorrect, Stuck On You isnt quite the offensive travesty you might expect. There are rankles: Walt and Bobs condition is too conveniently photogenic (its not like theyre grafted at the forehead); they strive for normality; and the inclusion of genuinely disabled cast members smacks of scrabbling for a get-out clause.
On the other hand, the eminently likeable Walt and Bob are hardly paraded as victims in fact, their blood pact to never hold each other back makes them twice the man either could have been on his own, meaning the joke is more on the people who dismiss them as freaks than the freaks themselves. Also, both Damon and Kinnear deliver an excellent twin performance worthy of the best buddy comedies. Not only do they achieve an astonishing fluidity of joint movement, but also craft a believable, sometimes touching relationship, portraying two very different personalities that are defined by and defy their lifelong proximity.
The rest of the cast, though, dont quite measure up. Eva Mendes is merely limb-decoration for Kinnear, while Cher proffers her feeblest turn to date as, ironically, herself. More pertinently, Stuck On You is never really THAT funny. The occasional line (Im the designated walker) or visual gag (Walt having sex while Bob e-mails his pen-pal) will tickle; but dont expect any of the belly-laugh set-pieces that defined the likes of Theres Something About Mary. Just like the plotline, the Farrellys appear to be running out of steam. Time to take the dartboard down and have a proper think.
As far as directors go the Farrelly brothers always seemed to create films that fell into the love 'em or hate 'em area. Their unashamedly bad taste has resulted in films that were both obscenely offensive and absolutely hilarious, for the same reasons. Your point of view simply came down to how offensive you found them. However lately; it all started with Shallow Hal, they have been making films that are becoming less bad taste and more sweet natured. Their film Stuck On You falls into the same area, and as a result falls into the same area of like, not love, that defined Shallow Hal. Stuck On You actually has the best concept for their own unique brand of humour. It's the story of 2 conjoined twins; Bob and Walt, who have managed to make a successful life for themselves in their small town home. However Walt has higher plans; he wants to become a real actor and make films in Hollywood. So the 2 of them move to L.A where they meet with nothing but rejection until a bitter Cher spots them and decides that they would be the perfect way to sink this series that she's contractually obliged to take part in. It's just that the brothers fail to make real use of the material. Even for me; one of the people who really hated the Farrelly's most popular films for taking the taste down to low, the sweeter natured humour that permeates Stuck On You is just not often funny. Sure, there are moments when the Farrelly's genius for ignoring political correctness shines through, and these times are handled extremely well, without becoming offensive. You can pretty much guarantee that any scene involving jogging and sport will be funny, and you look forward to the sight of Mat Damon in a raincoat as his brother showers. These are moments that; while not really making fun of anybody, would
still have certain people up in arms over how the subject is being treated as seriously as it should be. It makes for a fresh change of pace to find a film that is prepared to make these jokes and be funny, as opposed to treading on the eggshells that peoples egos represent. The film is at it's funniest when making fun of Cher though. Particularly in her fixation with younger men, and the celebrity they get in to play her new boyfriend. It's just a shame that these moments are actually few and far between, and the majority of the film takes itself far too seriously. There's an overused relationship between Bob and his girlfriend May that slows down the film to one big sentimental drawl, and that takes up more running time that all of the other plot strands combined. It's like the old adage says, when they are not being sick the Farrelly's are just not all that funny. There sentimental side is just not real enough to make for a worthwhile feature. It works when hidden away inside the bad taste because it adds feeling, but on it's own it just doesn't work. Still at least the film has seen some talent in front of the cameras. The easy going chemistry shared by Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear makes for an endearing pair of lead characters. As they work off of each other; heightening their already natural skills, you begin to find yourself drawn into even a few of the slower moments. Backing them up though is a talented cast of comedians both old and new. Eva Mendes should definitely stick to comedy, the actress so bland in 2 Fast 2 Furious manages to bimbo herself up to perfection as the bubbly wannabe actress April. Seymour Cassel's performance as Walt's agent was inspired; he was simply brimming over with energy as he zipped about in his wheelchair making plans, or calling forth a retreat. Yet my absol
ute favorite was easily Cher who has proven herself to have a great sense of humour. She's playing herself; which is always easy, but is playing herself as an egotistical, vindictive little bitch, and managing to portray it perfectly. Her villainy is so perfectly over played that if she was a man you just know she'd be twiddling her handlebar mustache. She just has this naturalness to her performance even when she's blatantly making fun of herself. Just look at the scene where she tells her boyfriend to go to sleep because he has a history test the next day; there's no disgust in her voice, no annoyance, but she does come across as if there's nothing extraordinary about the situation and is all the funnier for it; kind of worrying actually. I was a little disappointed by the young actress Wen Yann Shih though. It's not that she's bad; far from it, it's just that she isn't given much to really work with. She is involved in very few belly laughs; in fact her section was basically pure drama, and I never felt that her emotional performance was anything above average. That's the film for you though. It's not bad it's just not given that much to do. It has some great belly laughs placed intermittently, and is fun throughout. However it is never anything more than that, just fun, plain old average fun. Unlike their previous films Stuck On You is a film that you could easily just like; without loving or hating it in any way. Image and Sound: They haven't really gone to town in the audio department. It's not too bad; in fact it's all pretty much good stuff, it just doesn't make full use of the 5.1 transfer even as far as comedies are concerned. It would have just as effective in mono but would have perhaps freed up some space for something clearer. Again, it's not that it's muffled
or anything, it just doesn't sound as good as the crystal clear that I have come to expect from DVD. It was better visually. The transfer was very clean and managed to get through the film without so much of a hint of grain. If I was to be picky I'd say that the colours are not all that vibrant, some of the brighter costumes don't really stand out from the darker suits, However that was just me looking for something to pick up on, and on the whole you can expect a DVD transfer that captures everything from the darkest black suit through to the most colorful locations, with a clarity almost unheard of for a comedy DVD. The Extras: On booting up the disk I found myself presented with the traditional menu screen, but this time there were 2 special features options. The first one; "Inside Look" was a duel featurette thin looking into two upcoming Fox movies. Both were a little rushed but the first part; the AVP feature, was a little interesting. I showed the models that would be used for a few of the shots on both the Alien and the Predator and it looked very impressive. I was a little concerned by the description that the main gun came in big sizes; the Big gun for your general all round destruction, and the bigger for; well. Needless to say I wasn't expecting much more than that from Anderson and this feature is making his film look like a very technically proficient action adventure. The other was for the movie Dodgeball; a film that I hadn't really heard of, and would not have known it was advertising a film if it wasn't for Vince Vaugn. A mocumentary that is too OTT for its own good. Deleted Scenes-"Walt And Bob Get Their Photo Taken" is a scene set straight after the duo arrive
in the big city and are given a chance to display their idiocy as they are ripped off by some street punk. "Bob & May At The Drive In" is just more of the two in the car as she explains to Greg about her Tuna Fish collection. "Pavlov's Dong" is simply an extension of the porn film sequence. Bob wins at tennis is exactly what it says; conjoined twins playing singles tennis. "Cher Has A Scoop" is simply Cher on the phone and not having her name recognized. "Busted" is more of them being busted for drunk driving. "Table For One" sees Gregg ordering a meal but not really being able to handle separation and so trying to talk to thin air. I was originally going to leave a comment on each scene until I realized that they were all slow, predicable and just not very funny. They vary in terms of suckines; from bad to painful, but overall my comments are the same on each of them. The final scene is quite good though, "Fishing" sees the brothers talking after the separation and Bob explaining his feelings. Ultimately it would probably have been too much in the context of everything you already see at the end of the film, but on its own it's quite enjoyable. It's Funny: The Farrelly Formula- is not too bad a feature, but then, it's nothing special either. Basically you have a variety of the actors who have worked with these brothers discussing what makes there films great. Now the trouble with the Farrelly's is that with any one of their films you could either love it or hate it, and those who love it already know what makes them so great. Stuck Together: Bringing "Stuck On You" To The Screen-is actually surprisingly good. It's one of those pre release features that does go a little
further; going right back to before the film was released and the troubles it had getting there. Cher gets a fair amount of time in this one and has enough charisma to keep the feature afloat, proving that she is a lot more fun that she portrayed herself in the film. Making It Stick: The Makeup Effects Of "Stuck On You"-was probably the best extra on the disk. Watching the film you really don't get the full effect as to how much commitment these 2 actors had. As a result this documentary, that looks into every detail of the makeup effects, and more importantly how the actors felt about them. This was not just some superficial effect, these 2 really had to be stuck together during the shooting, and because of the elaborate makeup effects wouldn't be able to separate when going to the toilette and stuff. It's the same complaints you get from any film that involves make up and costumes, but then 2 guys going the toilette together is much more unpleasant than going to the toilette in a tight rubber suit. Blooper Reel-More messing about, forgetting lines and falling over at inopportune moments. Commentary: There is a commentary by the Brothers but I have to admit to hating it. Obviously this is not a film that would rely on technical information and talk about themes, so I was hoping for a little banter filled fun. Instead you end up with 2 brothers naming every single extra that shows up and then getting involved in small talk about the weather. Final Words: I liked this film. It's sweet natured and has a few amusing moments. However it's never really laugh out loud, but has been treated to a solid, well rounded DVD.
Stuck on You finds those fun-loving Farrelly Brothers in a feel-good mood, delivering a tame, kind-hearted comedy that even your grandma could enjoy. That's a big change from the seminal "hair gel" of There's Something About Mary, but the codirecting Farrellys have genuine affection for Bob and Walt (Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear), conjoined twins who are the owners and short-order cooks at a Martha's Vinyard burger joint. When amateur actor Walt decides he wants to make it in Hollywood--where he lucks into a star-making TV role with Cher (who gamely plays herself in this light Hollywood satire)--Bob has no choice but to go along. Separation surgery is risky, so most of Stuck on You milks mild laughs from the brothers' intimate connection, especially when Bob finds love with a pen-pal (Wen Yann Shih) who's initially unaware of Bob's brotherly predicament. Once again, the Farrellys score big points for their progressive acceptance of differences; several minor roles are played by physically or developmentally disabled actors, and it's a consistently commendable aspect of the Farrellys' comedic worldview. Other, more conventional rewards include Eva Mendes (and her ample cleavage) as a bubbly show-biz wannabe, Seymour Cassel as Walt's old-school agent, and Meryl Streep--yes, Meryl Streep--showing good sportsmanship in a glorified cameo. Stuck on You is dispensable comedy, but you can't knock it for good old-fashioned brotherly love. --Jeff Shannon