Multiplicity
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  • Just pretty bad as a comedy goes?
    Strange low budget Sci Fi comedy that when it isn't predictable is somewhat boring. The cloning is a joke from a bad B movie.
    In one of the starting scenes Keaton's make up is bad and he
    kooks like he has a bad skin disease? Keaton's acting is good on the four distinct personalities, but the dialog doesn't make use of the comedy situations. MacDowell mainly does sexy and reads her lines.
    These two deserve a better written comedy that has more believable action and dialog. My conclusion is that it was a production line movie with bad oversight and quality control: a Hollywood screw up....more info
  • Very Underrated
    Michael Keaton stars in this film about a family man with very little time to spare. So, he goes in for this secret experiment with a scientist(Harris Yulin)where he will be cloned. He decides things would be better if there were two of him. Then, beknownst to him, his clone makes another clone. That clone goes and makes another clone!!. Now there's four of them. The catch is that each new clone is not the same. Each new one is different from the others. We get a tough guy, effeminate guy, and a total nutcase. Michael Keaton is a wonderful and very underrated actor. He is teriffic in this as all four parts. Each one is different and he brings them all to life in their own individual way. He definitley outdoes himself with this one. The film was directed by the great Harold Ramis. The supporting cast includes Andie MacDowell, Richard Masur, and the always reliable Eugene Levy. The special effects are great and the jokes all work without a flaw. This is a pleasant and delightful comedy that deserved so much more recognition. Check it out....more info
  • You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it's not as sharp as... well... the original
    Contractor Doug Kinney (Michael Keaton) is under a lot of pressure at work. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

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    Ted: We'll have to put in more hours. This isn't just a nine-to-five job. There is a saying where I worked last. "If you don't come in on Saturday, don't bother coming in on Sunday."
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    One (or two, as it turns out) of his clients offers a solution. Cloning. Did you ever wish you could be in two places at once, like, have your clone go to work while you sat around eating pizza and watching TV? He goes for it, and his clone, a gung ho workaholic, starts going to his job early and staying late. He fires Vic (Eugene Levy), the undependable sub contractor from Dependeble (sic) Concrete (how dependable can you be when you misspell dependable in your own company name?); and without the distractions of a home life, whips his job into shape.

    Meanwhile, Doug tries becoming a stay-at-home husband, while his wife Laura (Andie MacDowell) returns to her career in Real Estate. Taking care of the house and kids is not as easy as he thought it would be, so he gets another clone. While Doug #2 was a leaner, meaner version of himself, #3 expresses his feminine, nurturing side. But even with 2 clones, they still need more help.
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    Doug Kinney #2: My life's a shambles. I need pie.
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    They decide to make another clone, only this one, a clone of a clone, doesn't turn out so well.

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    Doug Kinney #3: You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it's not as sharp as... well... the original.
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    If this was a remake of another film, this would be a great opportunity for a clever put down--but it's an original idea based on a short story by Chris Miller, who also wrote the screenplay. In fact, my criticism of this movie is not that it's derivative, but rather, it takes a great idea with the perfect cast, and doesn't quite live up to its potential. Michael Keaton, playing 4 distinct versions of Doug Kinney could have really cleaned up with this role, but he failed to rise above the benchmark set by Jim Varney in Ernest Goes to Jail (1990). In this classic Varney plays not only Ernest P. Worrell but also hardened criminal Mr. Felix Nash, as well as Auntie Nelda. Talk about your importance of being Ernest.

    As anyone who has seen Michael Keaton's work in Night Shift (1982), Beetle Juice (1988), or Speechless (1994) can tell you, there is no one quite like him. That's why the notion of cloning him is so intriguing, yet so disappointing. Somehow it is just not as funny as you thought it would be. The other aspect of the story, a philosophical rumination on time, life, and what really matters, also fizzles out. Multiplicity did leave me pondering such matters, but mostly I wondered whether Keaton received a quadruple salary for his quadruple role.

    SELECTED FILM ROLES OF MICHAEL KEATON

    Speechless (1994) .... Kevin Vallick
    Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1989) .... Batman / Bruce Wayne
    Clean and Sober (1988) .... Daryl Poynter
    Beetlejuice (1988) .... Beetlejuice
    Night Shift (1982) .... Bill Blazejowski

    SELECTED FILM ROLES OF ANDIE MACDOWELL

    The Muse (1999) .... Laura Phillips
    Bad Girls (Extended Cut) (1994) .... Eileen Spenser
    Hudson Hawk (1991) .... Anna Baragli
    sex, lies, and videotape (1989) .... Ann Bishop Mullany
    St. Elmo's Fire (1985) .... Dale Biberman

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    Doug Kinney #1: [to#4] I'm gonna buy you something...
    Doug Kinney #4: [to#1] A chainsaw?
    Doug Kinney #1: [to#4] ... Or a book...
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  • A must-have comedy!
    What a hilarious movie! I've loved this movie ever since the first time I saw it, and it still hasn't gotten old. I find myself laughing more with every viewing! It's funny, clever, and has more substance than most comedies. Michael Keaton does an amazing job in this movie, and plays all four Dougs so well that you always know which Doug it is, without causing any confusion at all. Doug #2 is probably my favorite of them all. I watched this movie recently on TV and had to order this DVD off amazon! I highly recommend all of you comedy lovers out there do the same!...more info
  • KEATON'S BEST ROLE (X FOUR)!
    This is a frequently funny movie with some improbable situations thrown around the central fact that Keaton is cloned repeatedly in an effort to do his job, help out with the housework and maybe, just maybe, get to drive a golf ball once in awhile. Andie MacDowell is simply beautiful and beautifully perplexed as his wife who, in one crazy night, gets ravished by all the clones breaking "rule #1", just one of many hilarious set pieces. Keaton is all over the place and, considering the premise, he does well here (his double-takes are classic) so the only question is, "Whatever happened to...Michael Keaton?" Our family's favorite!...more info
  • Keaton and His Clones Deliver
    What to do when you have too much work and only so many hours in a day? How can you be in two places at once, and where do you get that extra pair of hands you need so desperately to stay afloat? One man finds the answers in "Multiplicity," a comedy from director Harold Ramis. Doug Kinney (Michael Keaton) owns a construction company, but finds the demands of the job as well as the needs of his family (a wife and two kids) are just stretching him too thin. On a job doing some additions to a laboratory one day, Doug begins to lose it; his temper flares and he's at his wit's end, all of which is noticed by a certain Dr. Leeds (Harris Yulin), a scientist, who offers him a solution to his problems. It involves a project with which the lab has already had some success: cloning. And once Doug is convinced it can be done safely, he goes for it, and to his astonishment, it works. He ends up with a duplicate of himself; finally he will be able to get some time off. Or so he thinks. His clone quickly finds himself swamped with work, even with Doug's help (they manage to keep the identity of the clone a secret, of course), and decides that he, too, needs a clone. But it doesn't stop there. Before it's over, Doug finds himself with three clones; physically identical, but each with a distinctly individual personality. The first is rugged, the Doug ready for any job, any time. The second is more in touch with his feminine side; he is quite accomplished and likes to cook. The third, however, turns out a bit "watered-down," having lost some resolution, as it were, in the process. He's a bit slow and just slightly off-center. He loves pizza, for instance, and keeps a piece in his wallet "for later." Pretty soon Doug's wife, Laura (Andie MacDowell) begins to notice some changes in her husband's behavior. Of course, she doesn't realize that she's dealing with one man and three clones. All of which leads to trouble in paradise, and some quite humorous situations along the way. Cleverly handled by Ramis, this is a funny movie and a veritable showcase for the talented Keaton, who manages to create a unique personality for each of his characters. The scenes in which the four of them are together, and Doug has to deal with "himselves," are hilarious. MacDowell does a good job with Laura, giving her enough vulnerability to enable the audience to empathize with her frustration at suddenly having to cope with a seemingly schizophrenic husband. When she tries to have a serious conversation with the worst of the clones and asks him, "What do you want?" while attempting to sort out their recent differences, and the reply is "Pizza!" it makes you want to cringe, except that you're laughing too hard. And there are a lot of laughs here. The supporting cast includes Eugene Levy, who adds some droll humor as Vic, a more than inadequate subcontractor who works for Doug; Richard Masur (Del), Ann Cusack (Noreen), John de Lancie (Ted), Judith Kahan (Franny) and Brian Doyle-Murray (Walt). "Multiplicity" is a highly imaginative comedy that works, and is well presented. One Michael Keaton in a movie like this is a treat; and here you get four for the price of one. And that, my friends, no matter how you clone it, can't be a bad thing....more info
  • Keaton at his best
    This is a hysterical movie. Tons of laughter and a funny storyline. I use several quotes from the movie and most people will be able to name this movie. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who needs a good laugh....more info
  • Hilarious movie~!
    This movie is just plain hilarious from start to finish. No need to read reviews folks, just go rent it. If you didnt find it funny, you seriously need to feel for a pulse in your arm....more info
  • "Multiple" late successes for director Ramis
    "Multiplicity" director, Harold Ramis, has been on a roll since "Groundhog Day" and validated his directing/writing maturity with "Analyze This". However, in his earlier films I always felt he was mediocre, at best, as an actor. As a director and writer he pandered to the masses with slap-stick, debase humor and trite "Hollywood" creativity. "Caddyshack" was easily his best early work, and I believe it has been mostly over-rated by generational bias.

    Inbetween Ramis' successes with "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This" is this very funny film about an over-worked, under-appreciated family man, Doug (Micheal Keaton), who is at his wits end for a solution to his troubles. Per chance, his frustration climaxes and is witnessed while supervising a job at the facility where cloning attempts have succeeded. The doctor believes Doug is the perfect client for a human test. As the first successful clone doesn't solve all his problems, Doug makes another. The two clones feel the need to have their own "solution" and make a copy of a copy,... which, of course, is not as good as the original. No problems are really solved and now Doug has a bigger mess on his hand than he realizes. The way he cleans it up results in the more hilarious scenes, as well as a very human quality that most comedies never involve. The way each clone gravitates to one of Doug's basic personalities and proceed to interact said a lot to me about how each of us can deal with our own under-appreciated, time-deprivated lives.

    Some reviews suggest this movie is not all it could have been. I can't imagine how it could be different. This is a comedy and it will succeed at making you laugh. The story and content is a bit deeper than the average comedy so it has dramatic tones here and there, but never without Keaton's trademark goofiness. To me, that is a credit to the progress Ramis has made in directing and writing comedies. He no longer needs fraternity losers screwing, drinking and puking in order to make a funny film. With minimal guidance on a couple situational scenes, your kids can watch this free of poor language and nudity. To change anything in this movie would leave it less funny, too dramatic, or both. It is perfect the way it is - clean, simple, funny and endearing....more info
  • What's funnier that ONE Michael Keaton? How about FOUR?!?
    I haven't laughed this hard for YEARS! Each clone is sillier than the last. This is one of the funniest, most quotable films I have ever seen. Watch it with friends. They will be impressed with your ability to make excellent viewing selections. If you liked Groundhog Day and appreciate movies which raise interesting philosophical questions or if you are looking to add to your movie quoting vocabulary this is DEFINITELY it!...more info
  • "Did you bring me a monkey?"
    This film shows the LEAST of our problems if cloning were a norm.

    It's hilarious. Michael Keaton is once again on point in his various takes on the character of Doug and his xeroxed brothers.

    The premise is pretty simple: A guy is worn out with juggling work with family life, so he gets cloned to alleviate some of the pressure. Then one clone eventually becomes two, then three. With each cloning job, they get stupider and stupider.

    Clone #1 is the macho one who is part slob, part workaholic.
    Clone #2 is the sensitive one who enjoys baking and taking care of everyone.
    Clone#3 is actually a clone of Clone #1 and is downright retarded. He has to be looked after constantly, and he really enjoys pizza.

    The funniest part of the movie is when all the clones have sex with Laura, Doug's wife, while Doug is away on a brief sailing vacation. "There goes rule #1."

    The movie was directed by Harold Ramis, who also did Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and the remade Bedazzled.

    Definitely one of my favorite comedies....more info
  • Hi Steve, I like pizza....I LIKE IT!
    This film showcases Michael Keatons acting abilities. The guy has great range, wish he would go back to his comedy roles these days. Storyline, simple. Keaton, overworked, no time for family, decides to experiment in a cloning experiment. 3 clones to be exact, a stud, a feminine man, and a downright idiot. Keaton brings these characters to life with spunk. Directed by Harold Ramis, of Caddyshack fame, uses all of Keatons talents to the full. Very funny stuff, and multiple Keatons in one shot is fabulous. A good downhearted film, on one mans journey to spend more time with family, isn't that how it should be. Forget 4 stars, I give it 16. Check out Keaton in Night Shift, his breakthrough film and his best role to date, directed by Ron Howard. Michael Keaton is fantastic in his comedic roles, I want more....more info
  • No delivery
    Purchased this item July 15,2006 and have not received it yet, have looked at where's my stuff and it shows it somewhere at a post office. Don't know why it would take over a month unless it was sent pony express, even then it would of been here by now. E-mailed Amazon and received no help. A terrible experience so far.
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  • We're gonna eat a dolphin!
    Michael Keaton is Doug, an overworked husband and father. He is being pulled in a hundred different directions, so he clones himself. Problems solved... right?

    I really like this film. Keaton does a great job of playing four separate Dougs. The clones get the best lines in this movie, and I still find myself quoting #4 all the time.

    A sweet movie about making time for your family, this film takes an original approach. It doesn't try to be anything more than cute, and I think it works....more info
  • A rather insipid take on a somewhat engaging subject...
    Michael Keaton is somewhat of an acquired taste. He is funny sometimes, even outright hysterical (take `Beetlejuice' for instance) but other times he just wares on my patience. `Multiplicity' is one of those films that works in parts, but not entirely, and that is mostly due to Keaton's uneven performance. Well, and the fact that Andie MacDowell didn't have any strong direction to squeeze goodness out of her.

    The script is also rather ridiculous, but I think we expect that from a film like this.

    Keaton plays Doug Kinney, a construction worker who has a wife and two kids and absolutely no time to spend with them. His wife wants to go back to work but there is just no way that Doug can fit it into his schedule to help out around the house. That is until this Dr. confronts him about cloning. Doug is apposed and then all for it and before you know it there is another Doug (called #2) who is living above the garage. Now Doug can spend time with his kids while #2 goes to work. Then Doug realizes that he is so busy at home he has no time for himself and so we get #3, the sensitive stay at home Doug who takes care of the house and the children while Doug is playing golf. But when things get too much for #2 and #3 to handle they take it upon themselves to bring home #4 and it's about then that everything starts to fall apart.

    The film could have had a better outcome had the premise been treated with a little more respect. Instead, director Harold Ramis and writer Chris Miller went for the slapstick, easy gags. The film is rather brainless.

    Michael Keaton is pretty good as Doug, and I liked the way he played off the sensitive side of #3, but his take on #2 was kind of obnoxious and his mimicry of Steve Martin's hilarious turn in `Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' was rather unnecessary and ridiculous (notice how #4 refers to everyone as Steve...not a coincidence I guaranty you). Andie MacDowell, as I have mentioned before, is usually boring and dull. In fact, it takes a really strong and influential director to bring out the good in her (great in her is you take into account her work with Altman and Soderbergh) and Ramis is not a strong director.

    In other words; she's dreadful here.

    The film has its funny moments but the lack of natural charm and any real comedic weight make this film more of a dud than a hit. I wish that I could say something better for the film. My wife loves it. I on the other hand do not. I give it a low C....more info
  • FUNNY!!!
    This was a great movie. I've probably seen it at least 5 times! I'm looking to buy it and have not found it in any stores so am planning to buy it from Amazon. Our family still says "I want pithza, Steve" all the time!

    To the person who said it was immature humor - I can't imagine - you need to lighten up and have fun!...more info

  • "Rule number 2: No more dougs. We're out of the doug-making buisness altogether."
    This buisness is just booming. Doug Kenny, a struggling contractor with a family, has his problems just like every other human being. Daily problems, little problems, big problems. It's just so hard to get set in life . . .until he meets with a geneticist after he publicly loses it.

    Michael Keaton plays a perfect quadrouple role. First he clones one for his work becuase he has some serious catching up to do, then he makes a clone for home life, then the two clones make a clone from the second clone. Things couldn't be better.

    The only problem is that "TWO" has turned into your stereotypical macho guy, "THREE" becomes the Martha Stewart side of doug, and the fourth clone is all screwed up, bouncing off the walls like he's a child.

    The special effects here were really ahead of their time but being able to place one actor in a scene several times over is positively seamless.

    It's the perfect comedy for anyone who ever wished that they could be everywhere at once....more info
  • Good
    You know, if you are a person who is way to overly-sensitive and thinks that this movie makes fun of mentally disabled people, go watch Ya-Ya Sisterhood or something, pansy. Michael Keaton is great in this film and he plays three other personalities: a macho man workaholic, a feminine do-gooder, and a mentally inept guy. This movie is funny, watch it if you are not an overly-sensitive whiner like that one viewer. ...more info
  • "One Can Be the Loneliest Number"
    Michael Keaton's performance in the hilarious film "Multiplicity" is outstanding. Keaton is a "too busy to do anything else but work" contractor who becomes a test subject for a scientist's human cloning project. The clones turn out to be a big help and a big headache. The clones emphasize different parts of Keaton's psyche and the resulting interplay of their/his personalities makes this film enjoyable and funny. Keaton is able to play four different roles in the same film with ease.

    Guaranteed to be a good laugh and sure to be a classic....more info
  • Just Plain Fun
    Whatever happened to Michael Keaton? His early comedies, Multiplicity, Mr. Mom, Night Shift and Gung Ho are great!!! Each of the 4-guys Keaton plays in this one all work well together.

    "The Adventures of Lance and Rico"-bit is well worth the few bucks for this dvd, Steve... ...more info
  • "Multiple" late success for director Ramis
    "Multiplicity" director, Harold Ramis, has been on a roll since "Groundhog Day" and validated his directing/writing maturity with "Analyze This". However, in his earlier films I always felt he was mediocre, at best, as an actor. As a director and writer he pandered to the masses with slap-stick, debase humor and trite "Hollywood" creativity. "Caddyshack" was easily his best early work, and I believe it has been mostly over-rated by generational bias.

    Inbetween Ramis' successes with "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This" is this very funny film about an over-worked, under-appreciated family man, Doug (Micheal Keaton), who is at his wits end for a solution to his troubles. Per chance, his frustration climaxes and is witnessed while supervising a job at the facility where cloning attempts have succeeded. The doctor believes Doug is the perfect client for a human test. As the first successful clone doesn't solve all his problems, Doug makes another. The two clones feel the need to have their own "solution" and make a copy of a copy,... which, of course, is not as good as the original. No problems are really solved and now Doug has a bigger mess on his hand than he realizes. The way he cleans it up results in the more hilarious scenes, as well as a very human quality that most comedies never involve. The way each clone gravitates to one of Doug's basic personalities and proceed to interact said a lot to me about how each of us can deal with our own under-appreciated, time-deprivated lives.

    Some reviews suggest this movie is not all it could have been. I can't imagine how it could be diferent. This is a comedy and it will succeed at making you laugh. The story and content is a bit deeper than the average comedy so it has dramatic tones here and there, but never without Keaton's trademark goofiness. To me, that is a credit to the prgress Ramis has made in directing and writing comdies. He no longer needs fraternity losers screwing, drinking and puking in order to make a funny film. With minimal guidance on a couple situational scenes, your kids can watch this free of poor language and nudity. To change anything in this movie would leave it less funny, too dramatic, or both. It is perfect the way it is - clean, simple, funny and endearing....more info

  • Three Guys From Nowhere
    I love this movie. Each time I see it I marvel at the acting, particularly
    Michael Keaton. Jeeze Louize is there anything he can't do. Andi MacDowel
    is as charming as ever and as lovable. I could watch this movie forever.
    The movie is so funny I just smile thinking about it....more info
  • witty funny
    This movie should've done well mainstream. There's enough humor that it's not too difficult for most people to get, but yet there's enough substance for the critical thinkers, but enough humor to be silly to the so called average person. To those critics that gave this movie a bad slice was undeservedly so. How many movies can you watch where an actor can say something to the degree of "I'm sorry that I was having sex with your wife, but that it was actually you having sex with your wife because you are me?" Since cloning is not rampant yet, maybe this movie is too ahead of its time.

    MacDowell is great as a wife, and Keaton is just gosh darned funny as all hell as he plays himself and all the clones in it! Must've been hard to film, especially the parts with more than one Doug at the same time. Eugene Levy is in this one too, but he doesn't play a big enough part to show his witty humorous side....more info
  • This is a keeper!!!
    I love this one!!! Michael Keaton is hilarious in this wonderful movie about cloning. He clones himself once, so he can have more time for his wife and children by sending his first clone (named "1") to perform his construction job. Then he clones himself again, so he can have more quality time with his children - instead of doing all the daily chores (cooking, cleaning, bathing the kids, running errands, etc, etc.) Then ultimately the clones perform one more clone from one of the clones and creates a "special" clone to perform some of the duties they didn't have time for.

    Ultimately Keaton's character and clones realize that quality time is doing the daily chores life requires. The more clones, or help, a person has... doesn't get them any closer to their goal. Each clone is different, as they are an exaggerated version of their cloned purpose... "1" is exceptional in business (the reason he was cloned), "2" is very domestic (as he was cloned to take care of the cooking and cleaning), and "3" is a clone from a clone... so he turns out "mentally challenged."

    This movie is very funny, and carries a strong moral within a highly entertaining storyline....more info

  • I'm a Michael Keaton fan but
    Almost in everything, I love seeing the characters Michael Keaton
    plays. This flick offered a lot of possibilities in previews. But, IMHO, it ran off-track, short-of-expectations, and just plain too short in general. It was interesting to see cloning
    as a comedic issue. Yet, this is not the best of M. Keaton....more info