AN AMBITIOUS GENETIC EXPERIMENT TAKES A WRONG TURN WHEN TWINS, WHO LOOK NOTHING ALIKE, ARE BORN AND THEN SEPARATED. YEARS LATER, THE BROTHERS MEET TO FIND THEIR MOTHER ONLY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES.
"While this is a very enjoyable movie, the DVD doesn't have that same amazing quality of most DVDs. Still better than VHS, the DVD is too red and too noisy. There are no extras, no 5.1 audio, and no widescreen."
Superb Comedy With Devito & Schwarzenegger !
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 08/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With this movie Arnold Schwarzenegger showed just how long those muscular legs are in terms of talent, range, and intelligence. This is a wry, wistful, and lovely movie that illustrates how easily Schwarzenegger could switch gears from the heavy action-oriented vehicles that had made him a star to more sentimental and purposeful films that intentionally made audiences both laugh and think. Indeed, hidden in all this well-choreographed slapstick is a self-deprecating kind of intelligent humor no one suspected the big guy to be capable of. Matched memorably with Danny Devito as the twin trapped with all the bad genetics even as Schwarzenegger ended up with the great genes and the life associated with it, the two work off each other in a movie so funny it is hard to try to describe. Every thing about the sequences works, from Arnie's naïve wonder with all the new experiences to his ear-phoned airplane accompaniment to "Yackety-Yak". Watching him do something as straightforward as walking down the street in suit coat and Bermuda shorts becomes an exercise in comic genius, with both the scriptwriters and director Ivan Reitman working overtime to create this comic masterpiece. Devito is in rare form, and we find ourselves empathizing with this guy who discovers he came from the throwaway sperm that was used to create his brother, the wunderkind. No wonder his life has been a virtual wallowing in the wastelands! Yet from the first meeting there seems to be an almost magical connection between the twin brothers, and Reitman has scrupulously given us a repertoire of little aspects or facets of each that lend credibility to this idea of a familial bond. This movie ensured Schwarzenegger's wider appeal to audiences beyond the action and sci-fi genre. Indeed, he repeated the comedic magic a few years later with "Kindergarten Cop", which while not as phenomenal a hit as was "Twins" was also an interesting diversion from what one would ordinarily come to expect from an Arnold epic. Also helping here is a strong supporting cast; including Kelly Preston as Arnie's love interest and Chloe Webb as Devito's enduring girl friend. This is a movie so full of rapid fire comic scenes such as the quick shot at Sylvester Stallone's self-conscious muscle-man pose poster for Rambo II that one recognizes the good-natured jibe at an action-star rival as all in good humor; Arnie and Sly were said to be at odds with each other at the time. And this is a movie the whole family can laugh at, and while there are some adult situations, there is not much blue language or objectionable behavior for a parent to worry about. I can highly recommend this film. Enjoy!"
A match made in . . .
Stephen A. Haines | Ottawa, Ontario Canada | 02/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Arnold Schwarzenegger turned to comedy, he did Hollywood [and us viewers] a truly worthy service. He carries the comedy role with real panache, a pleasantly surprising transformation from an actor who previously seemed to offer little but skin and violence. With many films now available with him in this transformed personification, we have a wide choice to select from. Select this one.The film is certainly timely with its theme of "human engineering", even if from an earlier day. Schwarzenegger leaves his island isolation, seeking the twin he never knew he had. He has no qualms in discovering DeVito's only a diminutive copy of himself. He's concerned only that he actually has a brother and wants only to do well by him. DeVito, in sublime scenes of righteous rage, feels a leftover, and in tune with what many short people go through in our society, seeks some justice for what he feels has been done to him. DeVito's anger is unabashed, and only he could bring the charm and wit to the role that he does.Twins not only shows this new side of Arnold at his wry best, he's here teamed with a master in Danny DeVito. DeVito needs no introduction as one of Hollywood's top comic actors. In playing the unexpected twin to a genetic engineering [whell, "breeding"] experiment, he once again proves how well he carries the genre as his own. It must have been an easy job for Reitman to direct this film, since DeVito seems able to perform many aspects of the ridiculous with a minimum of effort.This household has viewed Twins often. There was no choice once the children had seen it. No matter, to see these two in action together relieves the worst tedium. They are a match made in, um, in a test tube."
Great movie, bad DVD
Gregory Alongi | 02/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie; it's not my favorite, and I'm not very picky, but I was hoping for a better DVD version of it. It only comes in full screen and the picture looks pretty much the same as a VHS. I still enjoyed it of course, but it would be nice to see a better release sometime in the future."
I'll never grow tired of this movie
Dumb Blonde Reviewing | In my bed | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen this movie a zillion times, and was quite shocked when I bought and watched the DVD, as the version I'd taped off the TV years ago, was edited beyond belief! There was a lot of 'unsavoury' language cut out, and sometimes, even full jokes! I didn't recognise half of the early scenes when Julius & Vincent are in Vincent's house, as there's bits about Julius still being a virgin at 35 (and I thought I was a late starter!)
Arnie & Danny Devito are a great comedic pairing in this movie, Danny tall as he is wide, and Arnie showing off his muscles. They also starred together in Junior, which, despite what one reviewer said, is NOT a sequel to this!
The poster is enough to tell if you'll like this or not. If you think the casting of Arnie and Danny is amusing as a little and large combo then you'll probably like this. If you think it dumb then you may not appreciate this. The comedy is very much a mix of odd-couple and fish-out-of-water style jokes from Julius as opposed to the streetwise Vincent. The plot is largely meaningless - a mix of the two taking a secret engine across country while looking for their mother, and throw in two pretty girls (Chloe Webb & John Travolta's future wife, Kelly Preston).
All the fish-out-of-water jokes are funny, but sometimes not laugh out loud hilarious. It works mainly due to the casting of the lead two. Danny plays the sleazy one very well but the best one is Arnie - he merely plays a big naïve lump of muscle. However what he does do is allow himself to be sent up very well - you have to look out for it in most of his movies now, he always sends himself up somehow! Whether it be him making little knowing jokes (`I'll be back' or comparing muscles with Stallone on his Rambo poster) or just being the straightman to DeVito's set up jokes.
This is a great movie, although it's practically sacriledge that it's a full-screen edition, and has no extras. The film starts straight away, no main menu, and also has a little bit at the start where it says that English is the chosen language for this DVD, you can choose your own language later! Or have the subtitles on. Junior is not as good, mainly because it has the very annoying woman in it, who's name escapes me at the moment. You know, the annoying blonde one. A great movie and funny, especially if you've seen the edited TV version!"