Two Much
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1 1/2

Although billed as a romantic comedy, TWO MUCH is more frantic than romantic. It's the story of Art (Antonio Banderas), a starving artist who can only sell paintings by deceiving wealthy, recently widowed Miami women. He attracts the attention of Betty (Melanie Griffith), who begins planning an elaborate wedding after they spend one night together. Then Art meets Liz, Betty's sister (Daryl Hannah). It's love at first sight for him but he can't very well pursue her. He invents a twin brother named Bart and switches his identity from one twin to the other to win Liz's affection with his alter ego. Meanwhile, Gloria, Art's loyal assistant at his art gallery (Joan Cusack), steals the show with her hilarious observations of her boss's ridiculous charade. She and Art's elderly, confused father (Eli Wallach) provide more laughs than all of Banderas' idiotic behavior. Two hours is too much for this slapstick, frantic comedy.

Certainly Art learns the price of living a lie. He almost gets killed when he tries to con the widow of a mobster whose henchmen stalk him. He also gets himself so tangled up in his own lies, it looks like he will never resolve his own love life. Art and Betty go to bed the day they meet, and although no sex is shown, sounds make it obvious what's happening. Later on he is shown bed-hopping between the sisters' bedrooms, and he drugs one sister's wine so he will have time with the other. Liz is shown in the shower, but her body is obscured behind the glass door. A few obscenities and several crudities clutter the script and some sexually suggestive references are made. Art's elderly father and his cronies make a particularly crude comparison of sex with driving a car. Art suffers a painful beating when the mob's henchmen catch up with him. Later, in a car chase scene, the old men lead the thugs on a wild ride that results in a car falling off a drawbridge. Art eventually sheds his deceitful ways, but the film's casual treatment of premarital sex and some very suggestive dialogue are unfortunate because teenagers particularly will flock to see TWO MUCH.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Buena Vista Distribution, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 2, Moderate 6
Obscene Language: Few (3) times - S-word 1, other 2
Profanity: Twice - Exclamatory
Violence: Few times - Moderate (thugs beat Art; car chase scene ends with car falling off drawbridge
Sexual Intercourse: None shown; implied several times (sounds from bedroom, man shown in bed with two different women)
Nudity: Once (woman in shower obscured view); Near nudity several times (women in low-cut bathing suits, underwear and revealing dresses)
Homosexual Conduct: None but term 'pansy' used as insult
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times (man walks in on woman in shower; men compare sex to driving a car; joke about self-gratification)
Drug Abuse: Some wine drinking; man drugs woman's drink
Other: Man's deceitful lifestyle has negative results
Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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