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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence should be a last resort for resolving conflict. Families offer love, protection, and trust; without them you become cynical at best or criminal at worst, but when you have them your life becomes better.
Positive Role Models
Julius is smart, strong, and good-hearted with a strong moral compass. He's naive, idealistic, sees the best in everyone, and wants to help. He loyally defends his brother and won't stop searching until his family is reunited. Vincent is a small-time crook, deeply indebted to gangsters and resorting to car theft in an attempt to pay off his debt. But he's a lead-plated marshmallow who learns to trust and change for the better. Julius' love interest in mostly eye candy, but Vincent's girlfriend evolves from an annoyance to a supportive life partner.
Violence & Scariness
Guns used to intimidate and threaten. Several murders off camera with a close-up on the gun being fired. Small amounts of blood seen when bad guys shot in the lower leg; an off-camera gunshot is heard and a small amount of blood seen on victim's head. Fights show punching, kicking, throttling, bashes on the head, some broken furniture, and bashed-in doors. A man gets hit on the head with an industrial pulley and buried in a mountain of heavy chain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults kiss in bed; sex implied. Being a virgin mentioned; adultery implied once. A small topless picture in a magazine briefly shown. Men thrust their pelvises and grab women's buttocks while dancing, which the women enjoy. Lots of kissing.
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"S--t," "ass," "bulls--t," "slut," "d--khead," "pissed off," "crap," "butt," "son of a bitch," "smartass," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Grocery-store scene shows many common brands and magazines. Common household products include Coors, Pringles, and SOS pads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults infrequently drink beer, wine, and brown hard liquor; one scene takes place in a bar. The two love interests smoke several times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Twins is a low-key, slightly dated '80s comedy directed by Ivan Reitman. It offers some positive messages about family bonds. There are some fights and more than a few guns, and in several instances small amounts of blood are shown. Adults kiss, and sex is clearly implied, including an adulterous affair, but nothing more than kissing in bed is shown. We briefly see a topless photo in a magazine. Strong language mostly consists of "s--t" and "ass" and variations on each. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The premise of TWINS, uniting long-lost brothers who are complete opposites, can appeal to any age, and when it was released in theaters it was a big hit. But with an all-adult cast in adult situations, its appeal to today's kids and teens is limited. Fans of the Terminator will enjoy seeing Schwarzenegger play the innocent, which he does creditably. DeVito is as lovably irascible as ever. The story's a bit predictable, but director Reitman brings a slight skew to the proceedings that give this mismatched-buddy story fresh appeal.
There are a few mild laughs here and there, but if feels like Reitman was unsure whether to play the violence for laughs or not, with the result being that most of the physical jokes don't land. Twins is a mildly entertaining choice for older kids who can handle some strong language and small amounts of blood, but if you're looking for belly laughs, keep looking.
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