Two of a Kind (1983)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance


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When God decides to destroy Earth, four angels aim to redeem mankind through a young man and woman with their own troubles.


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10 November 2005 | TOMASBBloodhound
5
| Has its moments, but pretty bad over all.
With a cast this good, it's natural to expect a lot more than this script could deliver. John and Olivia are reunited for the first time since Grease, and the results were a big letdown for a great many people.

Our story centers around the fact that God, played by the voice of Gene Hackman, is fed up with humanity. He's so tired of all the crime and bad behavior on Earth that he plans on sending another huge flood to finish us all off. Four angels (who are perhaps the best part about the film) plead with God to give humanity one more chance. God agrees, but demands to see some kind of miracle within a week or so. Apparently it will only take a couple of mere mortals (Travolta and Newton-John) sacrificing something for each other to save all of man kind. Too bad both characters are self-centered and shady. Travolta is a struggling inventor(!) who owes a fortune to a violent loan shark. Newton-John is a struggling actress who also works at a bank that Travolta plans to rob for the money to pay off his debt. Olivia tricks him and takes the money for herself, setting up contrivance after contrivance for the remaining screen time. It looks like the world will come to an end since neither character trusts the other (why should they?) and the Devil is also on the scene to foul things up for them. I could go on and on about this plot, but you probably get the idea. This is pretty questionable material we're working with in terms of a screenplay.

I liked Oliver Reed quite a bit as the Devil. If the Devil walked the streets of New York, I suppose that's how he'd look or act. I also enjoyed watching he and the Charles Durning's angelic character square off by moving time back and forth to suit their respective needs. The film gets a few laughs out of a restaurant scene where the two demolish the place before God appears to reign in Durning for "abusing his powers".

The film is full of 80's clichés and scenes that only serve to date the material. There is little or no chemistry between the two leads, and that was the main reason behind this film's failure. Travolta's body is bound to be a plus for the ladies in the audience. He was still buff from his work in "Staying Alive". Olivia looked better in Xanadu with her longer hair, if I may be so bold. The film did virtually nil at the box office, and Travolta's career went south in a hurry shortly thereafter.

I'll give it 4 stars mostly for the great cast. And any film with Scatman Crothers always gets a bonus star from the Hound. I loved that guy.

5 of 10 stars total.

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Trivia

When Debbie refuses to make love with Zack, he talks about "how men are the scourge of the earth" and how he would never let a man near his daughter if he had one. He then goes on to say that if a man showed up to take his daughter out that he would get a gun. Ironically 14 years later, John Travolta's character in Face/Off (1997) would find himself in a similar situation.


Quotes

Beasley: Come now, it was a valiant effort. Well, she did come through for him, didn't she? But to get him to perform a great sacrifice, well that was unrealistic, wasn't it? Alright, let's drop the act. He wouldn't flood the world. I mean, where would ...
Charlie: I ...


Goofs

As Zack leaves the bank, his mustache is almost all the way off. When he runs down the street, his mustache is completely back on his face, with no time to have fixed it.


Crazy Credits

The phrase "This film is Rated PG" is within the credits at the end before the PG rating tag actually shows after the movie.


Alternate Versions

On older home video and TV versions, the 1953 20th Century Fox "Cinemascope" logo is oddly seen in place of the "then current" logo at the beginning of the movie. And at the end of the end credits, the tag "This film is Rated PG" is seen. Current home video and TV prints restore the "then-current" 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning and removes the "This film is Rated PG" tag at the end of the end credits.


Soundtracks

Shakin' You
Performed by
Olivia Newton-John
Written by David Foster, Tom Keane and Paul Gordon
Produced by David Foster

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Genres

Comedy | Fantasy | Romance

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,942 18 December 1983

Gross USA:

$23,646,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,646,952

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