In 1996, a movie entitled "Two Much" was released. And it did not do well at the box office. I've seen it in the cheapo DVD bins, two bucks or less previewed.
I never picked it up.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas met and fell in love on this film. Which bombed. So it was probably going to be an embarrassment like Sean Penn and Madonna's "Shanghai Suprise" (or whatever that bad movie was called).
The film's not perfect. But it's not a wreck.
The weakest part is Antonio's character. It makes no sense at all.
He keeps it lively and adds a ton of energy that covers for the fact that the writers didn't do their job.
Didn't do their job?
In Two Much, Antonio beds a hot woman. She's immediately in love with him. And talking marriage. He wants out. Even though she's hot and he's got bill collectors threatening to kick him out of his office or do this or that. He needs money. She's hot. She loves him. What's the problem?
If you say, "Well you need to be in love . . ." My bad, I forgot to tell you his character's always on the make.
And that's probably why he stays around. He gets to drive her cars, sponge off this or that but he's planning to dump her. Then he meets her sister. He's in love. That makes no sense. Even less sense is made when he invents a character to . . .
To what? To bed her? No. He does that. But he's in love with her before he invents his other personality -- Bart, Art's twin brother.
So he's dating one sister as Art and the other as Bart and in what world does this seem remotely possible?
Did I mention that the sisters are close? That they both live in the same mansion?
It makes no sense. It is the worst script ever.
I watched it on Netflix because I really like Melanie Griffith. I think she's one of the really underrated actresses working today. She can be funny and she can be touching. So even with a bad comedy, I felt she'd give me a few good moments.
And she does. She works that magic until the very end when suddenly she's running off with a guy (not Antonio) who doesn't deserve her. She's the rich woman Antonio meets first.
Daryl Hannah is the other sister, the one he falls for. She's good but not given enough to do. I don't mean she has only a little screen time. I mean she doesn't have any real moments. She does a good job but the script really neglects her. And while you might buy that Melanie Griffith might not catch on that Art and Bart were the same guy in scene after scene (because Melanie has played a few dumb blonds), Daryl's supposed to be smart and intelligent. And she loathes Art when she meets him. So she already knows Art before 'Bart' shows up.
It makes no sense.
But Melanie has so many wonderful moments in the first two-thirds of the movie she really does carry the film. When it moves to set Antonio and Daryl up, the film loses most of its magic. Again, that's not due to Antonio or Daryl but resulting from a really bad script.
Along with Melanie, the other person who really shines is Joan Cusack.
If you like Joan (I do), you want to see this film just for her. She plays Art's assistant and she's hilarious throughout but her best scene is when Melanie stops by the gallery. That's just great. She and Melanie should have had a few more scenes together.
In fact, a better ending that would still allow Antonio and Daryl to get together would have been for Melanie to look at Joan and say, "You know what, you're gorgeous." They kiss and the credits roll. I think the audience would have bought it just because Melanie and Joan do such a great job and are so loveable in this film.
I've been thinking about the film since I watched it a lot and I think Antonio's undermined by the script in so many ways. When he's moving or doing slapstick, he's much more comfortable than when he's being given some dull line to say. (There's a scene where he wants to be with Daryl so he drugs Melanie. It's an ugly scene but the two of them pull it off and that's largely, on his part, due to the non-verbal stuff he's doing in the film.)
So in the end, I do give it thumbs up. As a whole it never works but Melanie and Joan are amazing and Antonio and Daryl almost manage to rescue their poorly written roles.
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