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041: Twins

Maximilian Rivera January 3, 2017
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by Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

PremiseA physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is a short-statured small-time crook.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

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Sometimes you hear a movie premise so rich that you know it’ll be good. That was the concept for Twins, a movie that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as separated-at-birth twin brothers. Also featuring Kelly Preston and a handful of other one-day celebrities — like Heather Graham and David Caruso. 

While this Ivan Reitman film has a premise that sells itself, the humor in the film has unfortunately aged. This is the kind of movie that could use some real gut-punchers, since both DeVito and Scharzenegger have great comedic timing. However, in Twins most of the jokes were middling or fell flat, but the film still had heart. 
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We weren’t offended by any singular part of Twins. As nothing really happens throughout the film, we did find ourselves bored. The plot here is pretty simple, and its flimsy but moves just enough to keep the story going. 

Honestly, though, we found ourselves distracted by just how attractive Kelly Preston is in this film, so there’s that, too. 

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This even becomes a plot point in the film — while Schwarzenegger’s Julius has never been with a woman, his twin brother Vincent is a known womanizer. So after some hotel-room engineering, we find Julius confronted with his biggest worry and desire. 

This culminates in a hotel rendezvous between Preston and Schwarzenegger, while DeVito’s Vincent works things out with his own lady. An all-but abandoned plotline shows a conflict between Vincent and his girlfriend about whether or not they should live together. ​​

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Twins isn’t great, but it’s a fun film in a sense. Roger Ebert described it as a warm, goofy film and that’s just what it is. While Twins isn’t in the hall of great comedy films, it’s notable for introducing Arnold to the comedy genre. 

One thing we would love to see is the proposed sequel Triplets, which was going to add Eddie Murphy as a long lost third child. Sign us up!

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.

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