Monday, March 9, 2009

DVD: Stuck On You

Directors: Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Matt Damon, Eva Mendes
Year made: 2003

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

The Farrelly brothers’ brand of humour may not be for everyone but the writers/directors certainly have drifted from the extremities of Dumb And Dumber and Something About Mary into far more sentimental territory. Stuck On You's softening touch might not be to general audience’s liking either.

The stars of the Rhode Island drama society on this occasion are conjoined twins Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear). When Walt decides it’s time to leave their small community in Martha’s Vinyard, where they both run a fast food restaurant, to pursue his dream of becoming an actor Bob doesn’t exactly have much choice other than to go along. Of course, Los Angeles is not a forgiving place, even to the beautiful people, and success proves to be more than a little tricky.

The gags are becoming more slapstick than the gross-out we have come to expect but it is not the Farrellys that make it play this time but standout performances from Kinnear and Damon, who are nothing if not entertaining.

Once again the commentary is more of an identity parade of the Farrellys’ friends and family than an insight to their moviemaking style. The two main featurettes, ‘It’s Funny’ and ‘Stuck Together’, are both humourous but flirt with the now clichéd notion of how great it is to be one of Peter or Bobby’s friends.

‘Making It Stick’ proves to be interesting for about 60 seconds until you realise what you’re about to watch is two men standing having makeup done for another eight minutes. The blooper reel, however, is great value and a nice way to round things off.

Funny in parts, but not classic Farrellys.

Film 3 stars
Extras 3 stars

Special features
• Audio commentary by directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly
• Eight deleted/extended scenes (with optional commentary)
• Blooper reel
• ‘It’s Funny: The Farrelly Formula’ featurette (16 mins)
• ‘Stuck Together: Bringing Stuck On You To The Screen’ featurette (13 mins)
• ‘Making It Stick: The Makeup Effects Of Stuck On You’ featurette (9 mins)

If you like this why not try…
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
One of the stupidest movies of all time, also one of the most fun.

This review first appeared in DVD Review #64


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