John Travolta stars in this unique blend of comedy, fantasy and romance as an unsuccessful inventor who robs a bank in order to keep up payments to a loan shark. But the fast-thinking bank clerk (Olivia Newton-John) tricks... more » him and keeps the money. Meanwhile, up in Heaven, the "Supreme Being" is talked out of doing away with mankind by angles who promise a miracle; they're convinced they can make these two equally selfish people perform a great sacrifice for each other.« less
"Oh my God! What was up with most people in the eighties? How could this have been a flop movie? And Xanadu!? I think this is a really good movie, i have had it not even a day, and i have watched it 5 and a half times and know most of the words! I love Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta together, i think they are brilliant, they work so well together. I reccomend this to any Olivia fan (and probably 2 john fans too!). It is funny, frightening (maybe not to grown ups but it was for me!), happy, sad, and Brando the cat is so cute!! (olivia's cat in the movie!) I laughed, cried (i hate seeing olivia cry!) and i hid behind the cushion! A great movie! OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IS AMAZING!!!!!!!"
Two popular stars just goofing around...
jon sieruga | Redlands, CA USA | 09/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Penniless inventor John Travolta, who owes money to some underworld types, decides to rob a bank but gets duped by the sassy Australian teller (guess who?), an aspiring actress who uses the stolen loot to do some SHOPPING! A fun, brainless doodle, "Two of a Kind" (terrible title!) fails to showcase Travolta or Olivia Newton-John to any particular advantage, but they do have a warm rapport and certainly look good together on-screen. The plot-thread with the goofy angels (and Gene Hackman as the voice of God) gets tiresome, the special effects are over-used, and the location at the film's climax is clearly a studio backlot, but there are some big laughs and Newton-John is very attractive. C+"
John and Olivia: BETRAYED!
Chris D. Bates | Redondo Beach, CA | 06/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There is only word one that fully does justice to this film: APPALLING.
John and Olivia were BETRAYED! WHY they would choose this movie? Rumor has it that they looked through over 30 scripts before settling on this one! Why they would let this first-time director decimate their careers in this way? It's utterly inexplicable. WHY anyone at any studio would take these two huge stars (though Olivia had been tarnished by Xanadu by this time) and TOSS THEIR CAREERS TO THE WIND on this turkey is... again, inexplicable. Why does this film exist?
The answer lies, I think, in Olivia's `rebranding' effort, trying to shift out of being wholesome and pure and be a bit of a vamp, which in retrospect seems like a big mistake (look what happened to Sheena Easton when she tried the same thing... and look at the continuing debacle that is Britney). This issue is examined in depth in my essay about the second part of Olivia's musical career. Everyone loves Olivia being pure and a bit cheeky. Look how adorable she was in Grease! It is just so incongruous for her to be a bank-robbing shiftless liar that it is impossible to get involved with her character. Okay, that sounds like there is even one `character' in this film, but you know what I mean.
There are several compelling issues raised by this film, such as:
Why does John Travolta walk like he has a broomstick [etc.... but ALL the way in] the whole movie? Did his mother tell him his posture was really bad or something?
Were general production values REALLY that low back in 1982? No wonder films are so expensive now.
WHO was the director related to that he was allowed to make this?
WHY, when Olivia's face is presented in the paper, in a loving 6' X 8' picture identifying her as a wanted bank robber, does she just walk around and attend her acting class as though nothing happened? Why does no one in her acting class mention it? Why don't the police show even the SLIGHTEST interest in apprehending her and recovering the money?
WHY do songs on the soundtrack blare inappropriately and completely without context throughout?
There are also a few notable moments that must be pointed out:
Please take note of the first shot of John Travolta in those stupendously ridiculous glasses. And it's only getting better... Two words: `I'm Single.'
Please note how someone offscreen obviously CHUCKS the live cat at the pots in the kitchen! This would not be allowed these days!
You will obviously note that ethnic diversity is being DEPLOYED in the group of angels... though it doesn't seem to prevent them from making the black man a bus driver!
Please admire the architectural splendor of Olivia's hair, and her multitude of 80's fashion debacles, including the green ensemble with big gold pirate belt and turned-down suede boots (as they're walking down the street, soon before sampling the edible sunglasses).
Note that John is drinking Red and Olivia is drinking White, obviously because the producers thought this would appear `sophisticated.'
Of course there's the `Twist of Fate' MONTAGE, where Olivia gets to sport the appalling sunglasses after having eaten another pair.
Olivia's songs here definitely (and painfully) lack the John Farrar touch (who had composed all of her hits heretofore) and it's obvious where the problem lies.
Alas, what more can be said? Oh, I know... it was only on second viewing that I noticed that John and Olivia actually DIED a third of the way through the film (because John fell on Olivia from a great height, naturally), but were brought back to life by the angels to... continue the film. Now isn't it kind of sad that a film--ANY film--can be so poorly directed that the main characters can DIE and you don't even notice?
Now if you don't want to watch it after reading this, I don't know what's wrong with you."
olivianewton-johnrules | 11/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What I thought about this movie was that it was funny and romantic. The storyline could have had been a bit better without using angels and God and using something else but,except for that, the movie was great. It is nice to see the amazing actor John Travolta and wonderful singer Olivia Newton-John do another movie together. This is what I think."
If you have Grease, Xanadu then...
olivianewton-johnrules | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"you must have this movie as well! Olivia and John come together once again in different roles, and the music is superb of course! Twist of Fate, yes I know the words by heart! This movie has comedy and love which this would be a great addition to any movie collection. Don't hesitate with that mouse, buy it, you'll be glad that you did."