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Film / Stuck on You

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Whatever happens to these boys, one thing is certain. Nothing will ever come between them.

Stuck on You is a 2003 comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear.

Conjoined Twins Bob (Damon) and Walt (Kinnear) Tenor try to live as normally as possible. Outgoing and sociable Walt aspires to be a Hollywood actor, however, whereas shy, introverted Bob prefers the quiet life. After Walt gets a role in a local play (which gives Bob all kinds of trouble to stay as much as possible in the background) and the play is a success, Walt decides to follow his dream to Hollywood and persuades his hesitant brother to go along for the ride, which soon proves to provide both conflict and humorous situations.

This film contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Cher plays herself as a has-been that the public doesn't care about except for Walt.
  • As Himself:
    • Cher appears as herself, upset after she ends up having to star in a Show Within a Show called Honey and the Beaze. She wants out of the deal, so she decides to hire Walt as her co-star (since her contract states she can choose anyone she wants), certain the show will get cancelled. The producers, realizing Cher's scheme, foil it by going forward with the production, compensating for Bob's presence by keeping him out of the camera frame and employing bluescreen effects. The show is a surprise hit and Walt becomes famous.
    • Ben Carson appears as the surgeon in charge of Bob and Walt's surgical separation.note 
    • Meryl Streep appears acting a musical in which she and Walt play Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Subverted (kind of). Walt and Bob get into a barfight and use this method to defeat a much larger group in a decidedly badass action scene. Of course, since they're conjoined twins attached at the hip, they were less back-to-back and more really not given a choice about how to fight.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After the surgery, the brothers each try to do their own thing, but it's difficult. Not just the fact of getting used to not being attached, but also feeling lonely without the other. But in the end, Walt is performing creatively and successfully in the local plays; Bob and May Fong get married and expecting a child, and enjoy their quiet life; and the brothers use a velcro strap to simulate their former conjoinment while maintaining their restaurant.
  • Brainless Beauty: Walt's girlfriend April. A notable example where Walt tries to do a Crossword Puzzle (not realizing that Bob helps him with them), and can't figure out a 3-letter word for "man's best friend" (they have a pet dog). April guessed "tit", Walt already tried that word.
  • Chained Heat: While not a straight example of this trope, this film features conjoined twins; they separate later on in the movie, and neither brother can function nearly as well, as they are used to compensating for the other's weight/movements.
  • Chroma Key: Bob has to use a 'blueberry' suit to keep him out of Walt's scenes on Honey and the Beaze.
  • Conjoined Twins: Bob and Walt are this, though notably, they're non-identical conjoined twins, a medical impossibility (or at least, there is no recorded case).note 
  • Creative Closing Credits: Like Shallow Hal (also made by the Farrelly Bros.), the closing credits have short video clips of every single person who worked on the film.
  • Cutaway Gag: The time Bob and Walt try to audition for a Doublemint Gum commercial, but didn't get the part because the company fear viewers would think their gum causes birth-defects.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Walt wants to be a movie star despite him and Bob being conjoined twins.
  • Handwave: Greg Kinnear is seven years older than Matt Damon. The clear difference in appearance is explained away as Walt not having a liver and that this caused him to age faster.
  • Leno Device: After the reveal of Walt and Bob being conjoined, they both become huge celebrities, including appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailers and other promotional material made it look like Dumb and Dumber as conjoined twins. In reality, the movie is nothing like that at all and this may have been a reason for its failure at the box office.
  • No Longer with Us: After Bob and Walt get potentially fatal separation surgery, the surgeon tells the pair's friends that "we lost them." By which he means the surgery was a success, but he's not sure what room they're in.
  • Show Within a Show: Honey and the Beaze is a prime-time TV show that makes Walt famous. Sadly it got cancelled after the surgery.
  • Shown Their Work: In typical Farrelly brothers fashion, they show people with a disability, or at least unique circumstances depending on whether or not being conjoined twins could be considered a disability, as capable individuals with lives just as relatable as anyone else's. They also emphasize that even though Bob and Walt make a great team they are very much two different individuals. Rocket is also properly portrayed as just another one of the guys.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Cher wants to get out of a detective show she's starring in. Hoping to get the show canceled quickly, she insists on hiring Walt as a co-star, who has been unable to find work as an actor in Hollywood due to being attached to his conjoined twin Bob. Her plan blows up when the show becomes even more popular, and her co-star ends up becoming the show's Breakout Character.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Upon meeting Bob and Walt, April is talking about life for would-be actors, then very casually points out that they're stuck together. Then she just goes on talking about Hollywood. It also serves as a Character Establishing Moment since it clearly shows she's such a good person that something so odd to others means nothing to her.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Invoked and parodied with Walt wanting to be an actor while his brother has stage fright, which given that they're conjoined twins, presents quite a problem. The film then shows executives trying to work around this, first by incorporating him into the environment, then by putting him in a Chroma Key suit. The brothers ultimately have surgery to separate from each other, allowing Walt to pursue his acting career without having to accommodate Bob.