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There’s something about the Farrelly Brothers. No, seriously. They have the power to draw you into ludicrous situations of comical farce and make you laugh helplessly along with and even at the characters. Perhaps they should write exclusively for a sitcom, or perhaps they should just continue their quest to make audiences in cinema complexes smile. For one thing, they are truly gifted at doing this. Stuck on You differs not from their early work and becomes another truly heart-warming, yet often gross-out comedy.

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Film
Opening with style and ending with style, there is no doubt that this film is largely amusing. Early trailers of the flick had me worried that the Farrelly’s would go one step too far with the concept, and inflict comedy from the wrong purposes. I was wrong. As often outrageous as Stuck on You can be, its comedy (along with some truly charming anecdotes) never pokes fun or creates unintentional laughs. Yet, aside from that, it never fears to confront its purpose or feel evasive and subdued.

In more ways that one this film feels like those charming commercials of the early days. It’s bubbly, fun and doesn’t require a brain for the sitting. But on that note, never does it presume to treat the audience like a non-intellectual being.

Just like There’s Something about Mary, the Farrelly’s conjure up pure cinematic magic between the characters, all of whom are infused with joyous and repentant qualities. Therefore you can indeed expect to find conflict and a healthy, possibly predictable amount of melodrama. But it all works to great effect.

The story is fairly basic and not too taxing. Joined twins move to Los Angeles so that Walt (as played by Greg Kinnear) can pursue an acing career. Naturally, his brother Bob (Matt Damon) feels poetically separated from his twin and the two find themselves at odds at every given opportunity. This is there the root of the laughs emanate. It’s here where the true spirit of the film pours out, from the characters themselves. It is therefore irrelevant that they are conjoined but still pleasing to see the issue tackled.

One thing fans may be slightly let down by is the lack of any ‘moments’. Stuck on You plays progressively, never really scooping out one major comedy piece, but rather scattered, smaller ones. This tactic may make for more conventional motifs but it works and there can be no complaint about that.

For all those who enjoy a good cameo or two, Cher’s part may extend some good-natured laughs that successfully manage to take the Mickey. So to will the numerous others. It’s all for the taking, but blends into the story rather modestly so as not to tear away too much attention.

This really is a keeper and a delightfully charming little movie. While not the best effort by the brothers, it certainly ranks as one of their better motion pictures if it is a little tamer than usual. I guess opposites really do attract after all.

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Video
A rich 2.35:1 transfer that looks humbly perky is what was needed here. That’s what you get. Colours look lovely, though only when scenes enable them to shine though (admittedly this is not the most pictorial of movies). The image can sometimes look slightly soft, but nothing too serious mind you. On the whole things look rather decent. Black levels are strong, colours are well separated and things remain crisp throughout.

Audio
Impressively sporting a DTS soundtrack as well as the accustomed Dolby track is something of a bonus. However, it must be noted that both are virtually indistinguishable, and given the source material it’s no great surprise. Stuck on You is a very quiet film, and the few loud moments are not sufficient enough to spot all too many differences between both tracks.

I would always chose DTS over Dolby, but which ever one you select, rest assured you are in for a subtle yet efficient audio experience. Through a quiet movie for the most part, the sound is generously geared to all channels to deliver first-rate separation and definition.

The LFE sub-bass frequency (when active) delivers impressively low thuds, cracks and rumbles. Directional audio also seems willing to impress as does the all-important centre channel. In all, this is an able and bouncy area of the disc that should please all audio perfectionists and detractors alike.  

Extras
Sadly this disc has promotional adverts plastered onto it so that you have to hassle yourself to skip or fast-forward them. It’s an inconvenience that seems to be a growing trend among distributors. Still, I guess its something we have to put up with, but unlike VHS owners at least we have the skip and menu button I guess. It’s still no excuse for inflicting advertisements onto the paying public though.

First up is the rather uninteresting commentary from the directors, considering there’s the two of them rambling on, nothing all too potent actually gets said. That’s unfortunate as it would have been rather nice of them to illustrate some of the more tender facts about the movie and its conceptual design.

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The Deleted and Extended scenes offer none too much in the way of fun and really are not that good to be honest. This seems to be a common conundrum with this particular feature. Still, it’s nice to have them to further appreciate the job of the editors.

It’s Funny: The Farrelly Formula is nothing but unabashed praise heaped onto the directors from the stars of this movie and several of their previous ones too. It mainly uses interview material to weave out its triviality and is one of those features that begs the question; ‘what was the point of that?’

Stuck Together: Bringing Stuck on You to the Big Screen is another behind the scenes featurette that shows the creation of the movie, its casting and other lesser important issues.

Making it Stick: The makeup effects of Stuck on You is a fairly obvious nod to the often ‘obviousness’ of the prosthetic and makeup effects used in the movie. It shows how they moulded the two actors together and the various techniques used to create the final look of the twins. If you’re a fan of heavy makeup orientated movies such as sci-fi fantasy flicks, then you’ll have seen all this before, it’s certainly nothing new.

You also get an ‘Inside Look’ feature which has a brief making of on both Alien vs. Predator and Dodgeball. Finally, the blooper reel offers a few laughs, but again, it’s nothing you need be enticed to.

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Overall
A good, small and often heart-warming new comedy from the Farrelly brother comes home on DVD with some rather decent results. The picture quality is certainly impressive for a film of this scale as is the multi-choice audio aspects. The extra features do nothing new and fresh, but will not intimidate either. A Recommended DVD for a good night in.


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