Multiplicity (1996) 3.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 65.7
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 117  mins
Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame

Harold Ramis hasn’t directed many movies but when he has they’ve usually stood the test of time and Multiplicity is no different. Michael Keaton stars as an overworked construction worker whose demanding family life and unsympathetic boss push him towards the edge. That is until he meets an eccentric scientist who convinces him that a clone is the best way to get two things done at once! Things go horribly wrong of course when the clone decides he himself needs a clone! As he did with Groundhog Day, Ramis gives the outlandish scenario some proper depth, never being afraid to bring the emotions of the characters to the forefront of the story. He also gives Keaton plenty of room to improvise and it pays off in spades as he is simply excellent with each clone being funnier than the next (all with different personalities – kudos Chris Miller). The last clone in particular (clone of a clone of a clone) is messed up from the repeated copying and is consequently utterly hysterical.  Andy McDowell is only slightly annoying as Keaton’s wife and in fairness, she does more than her bit in allowing Keaton and his three Keaton-clones to do their magic.

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