Itís as the Farrelly brothers state in one of the extras; make the audience care about your characters and you can get away with anything.
Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play the Tenor brothers who are joined at the liver and are very different people. Damon is Bob, a short order cook and Kinnear plays Walt, an aspiring thespian. After another knockout one-man performance in the local theatre (yes, one man), Walt decides he wants to take on Hollywood and, although Bob is skeptical, they head off for Los Angeles.
|"Hey, you guys are stuck together!"|
They meet with all sorts of troubles regarding their conjoinededness, but when they accidentally meet Cher (played by Oscarģ-winner Cher), she gets them cast in a show sheís trying to get out of making. Unfortunately, she didnít count on them being great at it and soon theyíve been taken under Americaís wing and the show is a huge hit (itís called Honey and the Beaze which is pretty funny). Meanwhile, Bobís Internet girlfriend doesnít know about his conjoinededness and, afraid she wonít like him, he tries to conceal it with disastrous consequences. Whatís worse, Bob hates California and wants to go home so they decide, finally, to get separated regardless of the costs.
Somehow the Farrelly brothers can take what is pretty much a taboo subject and make it funny without being either discriminatory or offensive. Nor does it get treated with pity or sentimentality and, in fact, their method manages to even educate in some loose way. While nowhere near politically correct, their brand of dismembered humour reminds us that whoever we are, something about us is funny to everyone else and using that they manage to capture a niche market that is practically untapped. Well, since they came along there have been others who have tried, but no one can equal their manner of capturing the taboo laughs while still keeping some heart in it.
The Farrelly boys have yet again brought us a film with many minor inclusions hidden about for the alert amongst us. The producer and ex-studio manager for Paramount, Robert Evans, gets several mentions here that could have easily been references to the Farrellyís own hard-headedness regarding their work. Their personal band of friends and well-wishers make appearances as they do in plenty of other Farrelly films, which gives an overall feeling of honesty to the film content. We know itís a movie, but behind that we can see a warmth that is wholly endearing regardless of how puerile or vulgar the humour may get. So we laugh in spite of ourselves, and thatís a fast-decreasing commodity in film today with political correctness becoming more and more important for studios not wishing to exclude or offend anyone. And thatís funny in itself; Iím not sure how many of the conjoined community would feel about this film, but it hasnít been made in an offensive manner; itís the situation thatís funny. No oneís laughing at the individuals.
Even if they are both pretty funny guys in their own right.
A faultless presentation that I wonít bore you by describing. Itís perfect and even the old troublemaker of shadow detail is clear. We also get the full cinema aspect ratio of 2.35:1 with 16:9 enhancement, even if we donít really need the big picture. There are no big landscape shots or anything, after all. Perfect, ten yellow spots.
A choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround or DTS 5.1 surround means we win regardless of our choice. Everythingís super with both enjoying plenty of surround action, even if it isnít entirely necessary in this talkie/visual humourfest. Thereís a cool soundtrack housing a host of the usual sort of semi-relevant songs with the best, I think, going to the Rolling Stonesí Wild Horses. How apt. Another ten spots here.
The Farrelly brothers are not going to go away, that much is apparent by now. So if you donít like what they do, best to steer clear of this release. However, if youíre in the majority and do like their unique brand of humour, this is one of their better efforts. While still not quite taking the crown from Thereís Something About Mary, this oneís most definitely up there among their best. The perfect transfer just further adds to the value of this very funny, very warm release. Get stuck into it (haha).