Movie Review by Neils Hesse
Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Eva Mendes, Wen Yann Shih, Pat Crawford Brown
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Matt Damon (Bob) and Greg Kinnear (Walt) star as conjoined ‘Siamese’ twins who are different in many ways. Bob owns a restaurant where he and Walt flip the fastest burgers in the East. Whereas Bob is very happy and content with this small town existence, Walt wants to go to Hollywood and become an actor. As they promised to never hold each other back they go to Hollywood and even though Bob freezes up in front of the camera, he agrees to suffer for his brother Walt.
By an apparent stroke of luck Walt lands a job playing opposite Cher in an upcoming TV series and surprisingly it proves to be a smash. In the meantime Bob is trying to tell his dream girl May (Wenn Yann Shih) the truth about him and Walt’s physical condition. So, while Walt is satisfied with his career and his actress girlfriend April (Eva Mendes), Bob is not as he wants to go back to his small town life causing an argument between the two brothers that leads to an interesting conclusion.
Avid fans of the Farrelly brothers may be disappointed as this comes across as a sweet type of film rather than their usual outrageous style of comedy, but it still does have a few classically funny moments, like when Walt and Bob have a fist fight which starts with Walt warning Bob not to walk away from him. Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear give excellent performances and they really come across as two caring brothers who have been forced to rely on each other in so many ways due to their physical condition. The cameo from Meryl Streep is brilliant and Cher plays herself so she is definitely entertaining
All in all STUCK ON YOU is a sweet film that would suffice as a good date movie or even family entertainment but not a gut busting comedy. The advertising could be misleading, as it seems to be being marketed as slapstick, which it isn’t.
Go to the cinema intending to see a sweet, dramatic comedy and you will enjoy it, as this is all that it is.