A physically perfect man goes in search of his long-lost twin
brother, who happens to be a short, chubby small-time crook.
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by William Davies, William Osborne,
Timothy Harris, Herschel Weingrod
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, Marshall Bell, Trey Wilson, David Caruso
Twins is the film that began Arnold Schwarzenegger's break into comedy, but considering how unbearably average the film is, it's a wonder he ever did anymore. The best thing about Twins is the chemistry between Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Without it, this film would probably considered the worst of both their careers. It's got virtually no plot and seems to meander from one joke to the next with no set up. Not to mention the completely bonkers explanation for why the Terminator and the Penguin could ever possibly be twins. Let's just say it's hard to follow and makes about as much sense as you'd expect.
Twins is also incredibly dated, with its late 80's soundtrack and tone. Although, for some reason, it doesn't contribute to any nostalgia. It just makes the film more annoying. Without Danny DeVito's quirky charm and Arnold's movie star charisma, there'd be nothing to enjoy. The rest of the supporting cast do nothing memorable and the revelations that they attempt just come off as underwhelming. Most of the jokes rely on Arnold's size and his inability to understand how society actually works. The rest are one-liners from DeVito. Sometimes they mesh and make you laugh. Most of the time, they don't.
Overall, I think that everybody involved in this film can do much better, as Twins is forgettable at best. It's never the first film mentioned when talking about Arnold or DeVito's career because it just doesn't hold up anymore. It might've been funny when it came out, but nowadays it just feels stuck in the 80's. Just go and watch Kindergarten Cop again.