Director Ivan Reitman more than delivers on the wacky promise of Twins in this nutty, storybook tale of siblings separated at birth and reunited at age 35.

Director Ivan Reitman more than delivers on the wacky promise of Twins in this nutty, storybook tale of siblings separated at birth and reunited at age 35.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Julius Benedict, a perfect specimen of a man in both body and soul, raised as an orphan in pristine innocence on a tropical isle. Created in a genetic experiment, he has a twin brother on the mainland. Lionhearted Julius, filled with familiar longing, rushes off to LA to search for bro – only to discover he’d have found him faster by looking under rocks.

Danny DeVito’s Vincent Benedict is a major creep, a guy you wouldn’t mind seeing get hit by a car. To him, Julius is a dopey nut who makes a good bodyguard. They finally set out to locate their mother, but Vincent still is on his incorigible path.

Schwarzenegger is a delightful surprise in this perfect transitional role to comedy. So strongly does he project the tenderness, nobility and puppy-dog devotion that make Julius tick that one is nearly hypnotized into suspending disbelief.

DeVito is a blaze of energy and body language as Vince, articulating the part as though he’s written it himself.

Twins

Production

Universal. Director Ivan Reitman; Producer Ivan Reitman; Screenplay William Davies, William Osborne, Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod; Camera Andrzej Bartkowiak; Editor Sheldon Kahn, Donn Cambern; Music Georges Delerue, Randy Edelman; Art Director James D. Bissell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 112 MIN.

With

Arnold Schwarzenegger Danny DeVito Kelly Preston Chloe Webb Bonnie Bartlett Trey Wilson
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