Movies In My Collection #172: In Defense Of… Multiplicity

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It’s time once again for In Defense Of…

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Hey, Michael Keaton’s got a new movie coming out this week, The Founder, so, let’s look at one of his most overlooked movies, 1996’s Multiplicity:

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Multiplicity is a 1996 American science fiction comedy film starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. The film was co-produced and directed by Harold Ramis. The original music score was composed by George Fenton.

Construction worker Doug Kinney finds that the pressures of his working life, combined with his duties to his wife Laura and daughter Jennifer leaves him with little time for himself. However, he is approached by geneticist Dr. Owen Leeds who offers him a rather unusual solution to his problems – cloning.

This was after director Harold Ramis had come off of making Groundhog Day, easily his best movie, and Michael Keaton’s star power he established with Batman was on the downward before making a comeback in the late 2000s/early 2010s. It also didn’t help that the movie got negative reviews and overshadowed by the big success of Independence Day and a much bigger comedy that I’ll get to a little later on.

But honestly, I think this movie is actually a LOT funnier that I think most people give it credit for. For one thing, that whole idea that Michael Keaton never had any really good movies after he made Batman & Beetlejuice is BS because he did this and then followed that up later with Jackie Brown and Out Of Sight a few years after. And Keaton is really funny in this movie, he does such a really good job of creating these different personalities for these clones and each one are legitimate funny to watch. He’s also got some really good chemistry with Andie MacDowell in this as well.

The effects also hold up surprisingly well on making Michael Keaton show up multiple times, like for 1996, these are some amazing visual effects that help to allow Keaton to appear in the same scene multiple times.

Why I think this movie gets overshadowed was because there was a far superior and similar comedy that came out that same summer, and that was The Nutty Professor, which is easily the better film because Eddie Murphy is playing two different roles and giving them their own unique personalities to both Sherman Klump and Buddy Love. Keaton, as I said, does a good job creating personalities for these clones but Murphy overall transformed himself to play multiple roles in Nutty Professor.

Multiplicity is not quite up to par with director Harold Ramis’ other films but I think it deserves a lot more attention than most people give it credit for, it’s funny, it shows that Michael Keaton still had the comedic chops, the visuals still hold up, it’s a genuinely funny comedy that should get more love out there.

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