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Twins (1988)
(2020 Reissue)


Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £9.99
Certificate: PG
Release Date: 12 October 2020

An ambitious genetic experiment takes the wrong turn when two twins - who look nothing alike – are born and then separated. Years later, the unlikely siblings meet: Julius a highly educated but sheltered giant with a big heart, and Vincent, a pint-sized hustler with an insatiable lust for women and money. With girlfriends in tow and a hitman on their tail, the new found brothers set off on a wild, cross-country misadventure to find their mother – but end up finding out more about themselves...

I haven't seen this movie in years and I remember, as a teenager, seeing it at the cinema and really enjoying it... and instantly falling in love with Kelly Preston. I'd forgotten about this movie, and Preston, and so it was sad to learn that, as I write this review in September, that she died just two months ago (July 2020) of cancer.

The comedy comes from the fact that Schwarzenegger and DeVito's characters are total opposites, yet they find common ground and end up helping and teaching each other.

It's weird, because as I was reviewing this I couldn't help thinking that the other obvious twist would have been to have had black and white characters as twins for the movie. I was thinking thank goodness the producers didn't go down that route as it would probably not fair so well with a more modern "woke" audience. And then I read that a sequel is currently being planned called Triplets. It will once again star Schwarzenegger and DeVito, but will also include Eddie Murphy as the third brother.

Thankfully it's not just a slapstick comedy that goes for the obvious gags, as the two brothers go on a journey to find their mother, who they've been told died in childbirth. The writers also get around Schwarzenegger's rather mediocre acting ability by portraying him as a man whose been isolated from the real world for his entire life. While he knows about the real world from books, he's never experienced it.

While it could never be described as a classic movie, Twins is still a fun and rather sweet film that stands up well.


Darren Rea

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