Two of a Kind Reviews
God has decided to destroy all humanity; however, three angels convince him that there are souls worth saving. God gives the angels a short time to prove their point. The angels are required to get a bank teller and con artist to show God proof. One day the con artist tries to rob a bank and somehow the teller ends up with the money, indirectly destroying her life. They quickly hate each other putting humanity at risk. Can the two resolve their issues and save the Earth?
John Herzfeld, director of Reach Me, 15 Minutes, 2 Days in the Valley, A Father's Revenge, The Preppie Murder, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, and Remember, delivers Two of a Kind. The storyline for this picture is miserable and very disappointing. The mixture of comedy and love story did not work. The acting is okay and the cast includes John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Charles Durning, Beatrice Straight, Oliver Reed, and Ernie Hudson.
"Don't ask me any questions. I don't have the answers."
I grabbed this off HBOGO because I had never heard of this film and thought it may be entertaining. Unfortunately, this reunion between Travolta and Newton-John didn't have the same redeeming qualities as Grease. Overall, this is a forgettable film I'd skip.
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The 1978 release of [i]Grease[/i] (a box office hit featuring [i]Saturday Night Fever[/i]'s John Travolta and ...someone called Olivia Newton-John) opened doors for them to build sucessfull carreers over the 80's. At least, in theory. Both Travolta and Newton-John had a bad times with their movie-flops over the decade of the legwarmers and neon-glitz.
It's hard to identify which one suffered the most. John Travolta won in quantity, but Olivia Newton-John won in (lack of) quality.
After the release of [i]Grease[/i], Travolta starred with Lily Tomlin ([i]9-To-5)[/i] in the AWFUL drama [i]Moment By Moment[/i], which was such a huge flop it was never released neither on VHS or DVD, and doesn't even have it's own Rotten Romatoes page. In the movie, Travolta was a poor guy who fell in love with a mad rich woman. Yeah, the same plot of [i]Saturday Night Fever[/i], but with no dance, which makes it totally unbearable. Then, Travolta made two sucessfull movies (Brian De Palma's [i]Blow Out[/i] and the cult [i]Urban Cowboy[/i]) and then went to two flicks I'm saving to the end.
Newton-John had only two movie flops after [i]Grease[/i], but she was in one of the most loved/hated pictues ever made, [i]Xanadu[/i]. The movie is a musical fantasy that tries to mix both the glitz of the 40's and the disco of the 70's. It was announced as one of the biggest motion picture events of 1980, but it failed in box office of the U.S. (even tough it was sucessfull overseas and had a #1 soundtrack). The main reason why [i]Xanadu[/i] didn't work at the time is because it's a disco movie in a time disco music was dying. Today, it's a cult classic, basically because, under the excess of sacharine of the script, the total waste of Michael Beck ([i]The Warriors[/i]) and Gene Kelly ([i]Singin' In The Rain[/i]) and the whole razzle-dazzle there are some amazing musical scenes and nice entertaining moments. It's a bad movie, yes, but not as bad as everyone says it is. It's just out of place.
Then, in 1983, Travolta returned to the role of Tony Manero in the sequel of [i]Saturday Night Fever[/i], [i]Staying Alive[/i].[i] Staying Alive[/i] is a boring musical drama that sucks in every single point. Even worst: unlike [i]Xanadu[/i], the movie itself don't how bad it is. Directed by Sylvestel Stallone (YES, [i]Rambo[/i] himself), it's two hours of bad coreography and forced acting. Bee-Gees recycling it's own music and Travolta in short, shameless outfits are the cherry on the top of this "thing". It's one of the worst films to come out in the 80's, even tough it wasn't such a flop at the time (opened in #1).
Then, Travolta and Newton-John came back as the couple in love in the long-waited love story [i]Two of a Kind[/i], another box office disaster that nobody remembers. It's something about bank robbers, love, inventors and... angels saving the human race. Imagine [i]The Apple[/i] without Mr. Boogaloo and you'll get the thing. But it's not really bad, it's just plain silly and brand. Newton-John and Travolta are a charming couple with lots of charisma and chemistry, and they saved this one from beign a total waste, but not totally.
I could go on all night talking about all the bad movies John Travolta commited; and, believe me, it's not a short list. There's still [i]Battlefield: Earth[/i], [i]Lucky Numbers[/i], [i]Look Who's Talking Now[/i], [i]Perfect, The Punisher, The General's Daughter [/i]and [i]Domestic Disturbance[/i]. But I'll keep him quiet... untill the [i]Hairspray [/i]remake comes out, at least.
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