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Stuck On You (2003)

  Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Written by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Charles B Wessler, Bennett Yellin
Starring: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Eva Mendes, Wen Yann Shih
Links: Stuck On You on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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"Farrelly inoffensive" - a review by mino

I've never had much time for the crop of ‘gross-out’ comedies which littered our screens over the past few years. American Pie (1999), Road Trip (2000), Scary Movie (2000)… none of them really do it for me. Don't get me wrong: it's not that I'm some easily-offended puritan, it's just that I think there's a difference between using ‘gross-out’ tactics as an enhancement to comedy — like, say, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) — and between using them as a replacement for comedy, as some of these movies do.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't find gross-out humour funny in and of itself. Sure, bodily functions can be funny, but they have to be made funny in some way, not just dropped in whenever the scriptwriters can't think of a joke.

There's Something About Mary (1998), by brothers Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, was perhaps the movie that started this current trend. While I'm willing to admit it's a class above Scary Movie, say, it still didn't really float my boat. While I haven't seen many of the Farrelly's other movies, I'll admit that when I heard about the premise of Stuck On You (Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins? Oh, please stop, my sides are aching!), and considered the Farrelly's pedigree, I wasn't expecting a totally hilarious movie, put it that way.

And I didn't get one. I did, however, get a better movie than I thought I would.

While the movie isn't particularly funny, it's not at all the kind of comedy I was expecting. I was expecting a one-joke comedy that was based around the whole idea of two unlikely folk being Siamese twins. In fact, the ‘aren't they so different!’ angle was hardly used as a joke at all, other than a couple of cursory efforts; and, indeed, the fact that the two were joined together didn't feature nearly as heavily in the movie as I thought it would, at least in the obvious-physical-gag sense. If anything, far more of the comedy in the movie is derived from the age-old ‘fish out of water’ scenario (folk from New England move to LA) than from the cojoined-twins scenario.

As a result, Stuck On You is not nearly as gratuitously offensive as I thought it would be; there aren't many pointlessly crude jokes, though this is possibly to do with the fact that there aren't actually many jokes full stop. The gags (or attempts thereof) are not nearly as thick on the ground as you'd expect, which basically serves to make the movie more bland than anything else — neither funny nor unfunny.

I think that Damon's lack of comedic talent is a slight problem with this movie; I just don't find him funny at all. Kinnear is marginally better, but even so, he's more suited to a role as the ‘straight man’ in a comedy. A comedy like this, in particular, could really do with the ol' ‘straight one/funny one’ scenario; unfortunately here, I think there are two straight men. I mean, I'm no fan of his work, but I think Greg Kinnear/Ben Stiller (or something like that) may have been a better move.

There are some very odd celebrity cameos here — Meryl Streep's role is minor enough to be pointless, while Cher's is major enough to be puzzling (she's really not very good). They are kind of fun, though, particularly as some of the celebs are more than willing to poke fun at themselves.

The final scene is a bit of a disappointment (it's very much built around one joke, and that joke isn't even remotely funny), but on the whole, Stuck On You is at least a passable attempt at a light-hearted comedy.

mino gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 16 Mar 2004

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