The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger being in a comedy sounds like a
recipe for disaster. But his stiff delivery actually works in his
favour for this film, and he makes a great double-act with Danny
Arnie plays Julius Benedict, and is the result of a top secret
government experiment to create the world's most physically and
mentally enhanced human being. Six men who were model citizens, like
athletes and scientists were chosen to contribute a sample of genetic
material. Mary-Ann Benedict was chosen to carry the baby. But instead
of giving birth to one baby, she had twins.
Julius was taken to a tropical island in the South Pacific where he was
educated and cared for. By the time he was 35, he can speak up to
twelve languages, holds degrees in biology, chemistry and physics, and
is an expert in the martial arts. When he is told he has a twin
brother, Vincent, he decides to leave the seclusion of the island to
Vincent (Danny DeVito) had a completely different upbringing than
Julius. He was taken to an orphanage in Los Angeles, where he
eventually ran away. By the time he was 35, he is up to his eyes in
debt, loan sharks are after him, and he is now in jail.
When they finally meet, they are both shocked that they look nothing
alike, and are almost completely different in every way. Julius is very
naive, and has a big heart. Vincent is a selfish hustler, who has as
much taste for women as he does for money. Despite their differences,
they try to track down their mother, and learn more about each other in
Arnie and DeVito have a terrific chemistry, and director Ivan Reitman
made the wise choice of putting the two of them together. Its clear in
their scenes together that they enjoyed working with each other. Scenes
such as Julius saving Vince from a loan shark, and Vince teaching
Julius how to dance are definite highlights.
Reitman adds more into the film with a subplot about a stolen engine
Vince wants to sell. Honestly this doesn't contribute anything to the
film, and the most interesting things are Julius and Vince's exploits.
Arnie manages to be convincingly awkward as he deals with the outside
world for the first time. DeVito is perfectly cast too, and he shows
what a great actor he is by being dramatic as well as sarcastic.
Interestingly, when Reitman paired them up again in Junior, the magic
wasn't the same.
Although not on the same level with Reitman's Ghostbusters or
Evolution, Twins is very entertaining, and is carried almost
single-handed by Arnie and DeVito.