This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.
Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell do a fabulous job in this movie. Keaton had do do four times as much work, actually playing four roles by way of blue-screen technology. The four roles are Doug, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4.
Doug, who works for Del King Builders, doesn’t have enough time to do everything his boss and his wife expect him to do. So one day on the job, he meets a geneticist who has discovered how to make clones by working on viruses, earthworms, chimps and, finally, himself. Doug agrees to have a clone made of him. Then he ends up getting another Doug, each with a different personality. No. 2 is gruff and unpleasant. No. 3 is like a mother; he likes cooking and cleaning and talks in a soft voice. Then the clones get carried away and make a copy of No. 2. Usually, if you make a copy of a copy, it’s not as sharp as the original. So No. 4 is an off-the-wall and wacko kind of guy. He asks Doug if he can have a chainsaw, puts pizza in his wallet and calls Doug “Steve.”
The little bit of bad language in the movie wasn’t really even necessary, so they could have just as well left it out. But overall, this was a great movie for both the acting and the laugh-out-loud comedy.