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Stick with 'Stuck'
By BILLY NORRIS
Published December 15, 2003
[20th Century Fox]
Matt Damon, left, and Greg Kinnear star in Stuck on You, the latest offering from the Farrelly brothers.
Stuck on You
Summary: Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt (Greg Kinnear) are conjoined twins who have made good lives for themselves in their quaint New England hometown, where they are accepted by all. They were football heroes in high school, own a successful burger restaurant and are unbeatable goalies on the local hockey team. Things are moving along smoothly until go-getter Walt's aspirations of becoming a Hollywood actor overwhelm him, and he persuades shy and doubting Bob to move west so he can pursue those dreams. They leave Martha's Vineyard behind and quickly realize that proving themselves to the world will be a much bigger challenge than they originally thought. They also discover that their bond is much more than a physical one.
My view: Those nutty Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal) are at it again. Only they can form such endearing characters out of a seemingly outrageous premise. Bob and Walt are played in a completely uncontrived manner, with their highly uncommon (and very authentic looking!) birth defect actually being represented in a way that was not just utterly rude and tasteless. Damon and Kinnear come off as sincere, and that allows viewers to feel for them. They made this film more worthwhile than I originally had it pegged for. The "day in the life of conjoined twins" jokes are abundant and hilarious. Cher's tongue-in-cheek cameo also is pretty funny. All in all, I liked the film until the ending, which didn't seem to be a good fit. Recommendations: I've seen a lot worse come from these typically crazy directors; this is relatively tame by their standards, although some of their trademark crude humor still peeks through. It will be enjoyed by teenagers and up.
- Billy Norris, 16, is in the 10th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.