STUCK ON YOU is the newest offering of the Farrelly Brothers (DUMB AND DUMBER, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, and ME MYSELF AND IRENE). Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play Bob and Walt, respectively. They are Siamese twins – “conjoined twins” for the politically correct – and chefs who run their own popular restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard called “Quickie Burger.” They have choreographed a cooperative kitchen routine for filling orders in three minutes or less; otherwise, the meal is free.
The brothers considered an operation to separate them when they were much younger, but they share a liver. Bob has the most benefit of the liver’s function and, if separated, Walt only has a 50-50 chance of surviving. Bob has graciously declined surgical separation out of love for his brother and fear of losing him.
Walt is an actor in the local theatre. His latest play is “TRU” in which he portrays Truman Capote. During the performance, his brother Bob works hard just to stay out of the way. For the past three years, Bob has been exchanging email with the beautiful May (Wen Yann Smith) who lives in Los Angeles – they are in love.
Walt, high off of the success of his theatre season, decides that he wants to attempt to make it in Hollywood. As youngsters, the brothers promised to never hold each other back when one of them wants to do something special with their lives so Bob reluctantly obliges. Walt reminds Bob that May is in Los Angeles and that while Walt is attempting to launch his career, Bob can get to know May a lot better. Except Bob has not told May that he is attached to his brother.
In a case of being in the right place at the right time, Walt lands a role opposite Cher on a TV show. As he grows more famous, it gets tougher on Bob to share life with him. As Bob gets to know May face to face, he tries to keep up the charade that he and Walt are not joined at the hip. When May finally discovers the truth, she freaks out.
Walt, seeing how depressed Bob is from both having to tag along with him to the TV set and from losing his girlfriend, decides that it is time to have the risky surgery to separate the two of them. First, he’ll have to convince Bob that the time has truly come and that he is willing to risk death so that Bob can live his own life.
Can Siamese twins truly make it in Hollywood? Can May accept Bob for who he is – for who they are? Will Bob risk his brother’s life for his own dreams and submit to surgery?
The Farrelly Brothers have produced a sometimes touching story of sibling loyalty and love seasoned with slapstick comedy and bawdy humor. They took pains, while developing the movie, to make the twins the heroes and normal people in the story not the butt of the jokes, and the movie benefits greatly from this. Regrettably, the crude humor, crass talk of masturbation, and depicted fornication (no nudity), ruin any chances that this might appeal to a family audience. It’s rated “PG-13” but dangles at the edge of “R” territory.
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SUMMARY: In STUCK ON YOU Siamese twin brothers have to renegotiate a lifetime of love, cooperation, and consideration for each other as they chase their dreams and discover romance. While more tender-hearted and less offensive than past movies by the Farrelly brothers, STUCK ON YOU still isn’t fitting faire for media-wise families.
(B, C, Ab, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, D, M) Hints of a Biblical worldview that speaks of destiny, purpose and responsibility in story about conjoined twins who love each other and look out for one another, with Christian preacher seen on Hollywood Blvd. heard saying God hates the sin and loves the sinner (may have been meant as joke, but the Word is preached), but there’s one blasphemy in the movie; about 25 obscenities (including one “f” word), 12 light profanities, one blasphemy about God approving masturbation, eight veiled references to male and female genitals, and other vulgarities; action violence in bar fight, conjoined twins beat on each other, and boxing match between conjoined twins and another man; one brother has sex behind sheet while the other reads and wears headphones (the bed bounces and the girl is audibly enjoying herself), woman is seen in bed with a much younger man (played as joke), man innocently finds himself selected for a porn film, wanders onto the set, discovers his circumstances, and flees, references to masturbation (do it alone as god intended), and it is suggested that one man was masturbating and shook the bed “like a paint shaker” (treated as normal sexuality), and showgirls in bikinis perform lap dances (one man is visibly disgusted with the whole scene); upper male nudity, man in briefs, women in bikinis, Lots of female cleavage, several close up bikini fanny shots; casual drinking and one case of drunkenness; smoking; and, people mock “freaks” and man steals purse while drunk (as a joke).