Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2003. Twentieth Century Fox, Conundrum Entertainment. Story by Charles B. Wessler, Bennett Yellin, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Screenplay by Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly. Cinematography by Daniel Mindel. Produced by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Bradley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler. Music by Charlie Gartner. Production Design by Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.. Costume Design by Alexander AD, Deena Appel. Film Editing by Christopher Greenbury, Dave Terman.
Walt and Bob Tenor (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) are twin brothers who were born conjoined at the hip and have lived that way, quite comfortably, for thirty years (their unequally shared liver accounts for Walt seeming a bit older than Bob). Living a perfectly idyllic life as burger joint owners in Martha’s Vineyard, the two of them decide to take on the world when they move to Hollywood to fulfill Walt’s dream of becoming a successful actor. Hollywood, of course, has no idea what to do with him (them), until the boys meet Cher (playing herself) and she casts Walt in the pilot of a new television show that she is dying to get cancelled. When the show becomes a huge success, Walt’s fame takes off and Cher is stuck in a crappy series, while Bob has finally met his three-year internet girlfriend in person and is unable to tell her the truth about his fraternal status. This comedy by the Farrelly brothers features no gross out humour or cheap slapstick jokes, which will be probably a disappointment for fans of Kingpin and Dumb And Dumber. The humour is actually witty, and the relationship between the two brothers perceptive and often quite touching, while Cher does a marvelous job of sending up her larger than life persona. To add to the fun, there are delightful cameos from a host of stars, most notably an adorable Meryl Streep in a musical number.