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The Identical (2014)

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Critic Consensus: With nearly every element ringing as hollow as the ersatz Elvis at the story's core, The Identical looks destined for a bright future on the ironic viewing circuit.

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Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys' shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. (c) Official Site

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Cast

Ray Liotta
as Reece Wade
Ashley Judd
as Louise Wade
Joe Pantoliano
as Avi Hirshberg
Blake Rayne
as Ryan Wade
Erin Cottrell
as Jenny O'Brien
Brian Geraghty
as William Hemsley
Amanda Crew
as Helen Hemsley
Waylon Payne
as Tony Nash
Chris Mulkey
as William Hemsley (Older)
Noah Urrea
as Ryan Wade (9 Years)
Gary Beaty
as Steve Douglas
Ken Dodge
as Sergeant
Joanne Goldstein
as Tour Guide
Michael Johnson
as Tour Bus Driver
Brad Jones
as Ray Reynolds
Yochanan Marcellino
as Record Executive
Leslie Mills
as Redhead
Ian Mitchell
as Dino (9 Years)
Brad Naylor
as Fair Announcer
John Newberg
as Dr. Jennings
Chris Finley
as Jenny's Dad
Cole Schaefer
as Dino's Dad
Chris Scruggs
as Danny Martin
Kevin Shelley
as Boss Man
Kevin Shell
as Boss Man
Jacqueline Steele
as Cheryl Rogers
Jeremy Walker
as Sammy Wright
Michael Joiner
as State Trooper
Wade Cummins
as Contestant #1 ("The Dream"/"Big Show")
James Carslake
as Contestant #2/Backup Singer ("The Dream"/"Big Show")
Raquel Payne
as Backup Singer #2 ("The Dream"/"Big Show")
Katie Freeman
as Screaming Girl #1
Nathan Clark George
as Tent Revival Hymn Leader
Shelly Justice
as Church Choir #4
Hunter Mobley
as Church Choir #5
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Critic Reviews for The Identical

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (22)

Where is all this going, you ask? Good question.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Newsday
Top Critic

It's stocked with clichés, but they're arranged in such weird ways that the end result is both predictable and certifiable. If only any of it actually went somewhere.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Connoisseurs of the most wonderfully terrible cinema need to run out and catch this one early and often.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
TheWrap
Top Critic

The music is so terrible and it is such a focal point of the film that it was difficult to get past it.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

"The Identical" is ultimately too schematically sentimental, even with Liotta playing against type, to have much of an impact.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Trading strictly in visual and narrative cliches, The Identical is so solemn and silly that at times you could swear it was a lampoon.

September 5, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Identical

½

This movie is a perfect example of how widely misguided critics are. The Identical is as heartwarming as it is enjoyable; delivering great performances, outstanding music, and pleasant vintage aesthetics. I found myself loving every minute of the separated twins story and looked forward to how it would all conclude into a satisfactory happy ending.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

It took a little bit of will power just to make it through this travesty. It's like somebody wanted to do a movie based on Elvis Presley's life, but couldn't get the rights or the family's approval; so in order get around those pesky road blocks, they just changed a few details like the identical twin thing and of course the names and apparently the styles. What we ended up with was a generic Elvis impersonation that just got worse as the movie went on and his appearance became laughable and quite Halloween-y. A couple of questions came to mind during the movie. 1. When the birth parents were symbolically burying the baby they lost and told people he died, why did nobody wonder how they managed to fit a baby into the small box they were burying? I know a baby is small, but not THAT small. 2. If you one day heard YOUR voice on a record and saw YOUR face on the cover, how could you not freak out and have questions for the people who raised you? After having watched this, it made me want someone w/ talent to do a proper Elvis movie.

Andrew Curley
Andrew Curley

As I began watching, I thought it might be a gentler version of Footloose, then later perhaps The Lego Movie aimed more specifically at Christians (and I am one) but eventually I found out it was about fathers and sons, and I experienced... catharsis! It has been a long time since I have gone through that process watching a movie, so I cannot fault it too much, no matter how inane the plot (and it was, kind of). I hope Ray Liotta's performance is recognized... it was real to me. And as for the "follow your dream/gift because it is from God" message, I was a fan of "PK" Alice Cooper and know how he eventually used that as his rationale for continuing to present his sets (does he still sing "I Love the Dead?") and how Ludacris also claims it is a gift from God that he can rhyme about...well, you know. So that part I don't buy so much, logically. But CATHARSIS... that is a precious experience, something that IS, I believe, a gift from God. So, in the midst of the flies, ointment, and how often can that be said, even when there are no flies?

John Guilgood
John Guilgood

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