Review: Twins (1988)


I don’t have a twin, I’ve never known any twins, but I have seen some hot twins in more *ahem* adult places, yummy!

Written By: William Davies, Timothy Harris, William Osborne & Herschel Weingrod
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

Let’s get this out of the way before we get into anything else, Twins is as preposterous of a movie as you will ever come across. Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger as fraternal twins is absurdity of the highest order. Yet, Twins is still an enjoyable, funny movie that is a bit sweet to boot. There’s a warmth to Twins that draws you in and makes you care about these characters in this world that could never exist under any circumstances. And, it makes you laugh, not all the time, but consistently enough to be considered a worthwhile comedy.

Mr. DeVito and Herr Schwarzenegger are very good in their roles and they play off of each other in fine fashion. Mr. DeVito has had better comedic roles, but he isn’t supposed to be the stand out in Twins, that occupation belongs to Herr Schwarzenegger. Having built a career around playing the tough guy or the emotionless robot, Herr Schwarzenegger needed to show people that he could be funny. He needed to show people that he did have comedic timing and that all those minor funny bits in his action or apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers were funny because of him and not because of the surroundings he was in. Well, Herr Schwarzenegger succeeded, because he does have very good comedic timing and more importantly he has a willingness to make fun of himself that you don’t always find in big time action stars. It is that self-depreciation that always set Herr Schwarzenegger apart from the rest of the muscle bound gun slingers of the 1980s to 1990s, and Twins was where he played up his self-depreciation to the hilt. Mr. DeVito was consistently funny and played the madness to Herr Schwarzenegger’s sanity, but the comedic turn by the Austrian muscle man is the lasting impression Twins leaves upon the viewer.

Of course, Twins is a fluff movie with an inane plot and vapid supporting characters. But, it is a comedy and it doesn’t make any assertions towards being considered among the great comedies of all time or a great movie period. Twins only wants to be funny, quirky, and a little bit sweet. It captures all three objectives and should leave any person watching the movie with an enjoyable movie going experience. Give Twins a go, it’s not the best, but it’s not a movie that will damage those of you with haute culture egos, if you are unfortunate enough to have one of those nasty things that is.



Bill Thompson

2 responses to “Review: Twins (1988)

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite (or at least it was when I was eight). I rewatched it with my wife a few months ago and realized it holds up pretty well. Nice write up bud!

  2. It does hold up pretty well, but I do have a soft sport for Arnold.

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