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Multiplicity (Widescreen)

Michael Keaton , Andie MacDowell , Harold Ramis    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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An inevitable idea: a working man (Michael Keaton) who can't meet all his professional and family responsibilities has himself cloned. It works so well having one copy of himself to take charge of matters at the office that he makes another copy who takes care of the home front. Pretty soon, different aspects of Keaton's personality are emphasized in the different clones: the laborer becomes a macho creep and the domestic god becomes rather feminine. A third clone, struck from the duplicates instead of the original, becomes like a photocopy of a photocopy: inferior. This timely comedy should be better than it is, but special-effects requirements are so labor-intensive that most scenes feel stiff and leaden. Keaton is good in all four parts, and in certain gee-whiz effects scenes, where he even high-fives himself, he pulls off a minor miracle or two. (Of course, a kid did the same thing in Disney's 1998 remake of The Parent Trap.) The DVD release includes optional widescreen and standard formats and optional French and Spanish soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a keeper!!! Feb. 16 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I love this one!!! Michael Keaton is hilarious in this wonderful movie about cloning. He clones himself once, so he can have more time for his wife and children by sending his first clone (named "1") to perform his construction job. Then he clones himself again, so he can have more quality time with his children - instead of doing all the daily chores (cooking, cleaning, bathing the kids, running errands, etc, etc.) Then ultimately the clones perform one more clone from one of the clones and creates a "special" clone to perform some of the duties they didn't have time for.
Ultimately Keaton's character and clones realize that quality time is doing the daily chores life requires. The more clones, or help, a person has... doesn't get them any closer to their goal. Each clone is different, as they are an exaggerated version of their cloned purpose... "1" is exceptional in business (the reason he was cloned), "2" is very domestic (as he was cloned to take care of the cooking and cleaning), and "3" is a clone from a clone... so he turns out "mentally challenged."
This movie is very funny, and carries a strong moral within a highly entertaining storyline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated Oct. 14 2001
By Barry
Format:VHS Tape
Michael Keaton stars in this film about a family man with very little time to spare. So, he goes in for this secret experiment with a scientist(Harris Yulin)where he will be cloned. He decides things would be better if there were two of him. Then, beknownst to him, his clone makes another clone. That clone goes and makes another clone!!. Now there's four of them. The catch is that each new clone is not the same. Each new one is different from the others. We get a tough guy, effeminate guy, and a total nutcase. Michael Keaton is a wonderful and very underrated actor. He is teriffic in this as all four parts. Each one is different and he brings them all to life in their own individual way. He definitley outdoes himself with this one. The film was directed by the great Harold Ramis. The supporting cast includes Andie MacDowell, Richard Masur, and the always reliable Eugene Levy. The special effects are great and the jokes all work without a flaw. This is a pleasant and delightful comedy that deserved so much more recognition. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it, or hate it. Aug. 5 2001
Format:DVD
Well, the first time I saw this movie was last year in 8th grade Science Class. I thought "Great, something in school, it's gonna suck", well, I was wrong. The story is mainly about a man who works way too much, and he wants some free time, so he can have some time to himself and his family. His work is effected, and his over all attitude. Until, one day he's working on a job site when Keaton comes across a scientist. This scientist tells him about cloning, and all the glory. Then Keaton starts to believe it is a bunch of BS, when the real scientist comes back from a game of golf. In a few short minutes #2 is born, except his genes are spliced so he becomes a workaholic. Now that Keaton has extra time on his hands, he decides to help out at home, when he creates #3, which is spliced with a habit of house cleaning (lots of laughs). Eventually, the two clones move into the garage, where trouble starts because Keaton's wife is actually talking, dating, and sleeping with the clones. At a time, Keaton walks in to shut the clones up because they are having a party, when he meets #4, the mental case. He is a clone of a clone, so he isn't, well, as intulectual as the others. Along the road, a small love story unfolds, as well as a commedy.
During this movie, the viewer (you) would have many aspects, and most would find it extremely funny. This is far more hillarious than most commedies out today, if you want a good laugh, Multiplicity is the movie for you. I rate it a 5 star movie!
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1.0 out of 5 stars 4 Michael Keaton's Can't Save This Garbage Jan. 17 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Multiplicity" is an extremely uninteresting, flat, and unfunny bunch of jibberish. This movie is made so that it couldn't possibly be exciting or fun to watch; it was made in a very quiet state, with camera angle problems also. Put plain and simple, the jokes are not funny. E.G: Michael Keaton1: I'm not the clone. I'm me. Michael Keaton2: No, you're wrong. Doc, help me out here, you know I'm me. Cloning is an interesting possibility and it's purpose is completely wasted in this.
It shows Michael Keaton being able to spend time with his family and try to hide it from his wife. Isn't it cute when Michael Keaton impresses his wife with his uncanny knowledge of how to wrap a sandwich in aluminum foil? It really isn't funny at all, and it shows one Michael at work, two of them watching tv at home, and a retarded one shaving his tongue. And Andie McDowell plays stupid in this. It is so obvious throughout the movie that there are more than one of him and he didn't hide it from her well at all. In one scene, two of him wave to his wife and, in another, he magically changes his clothes in 3 seconds.
What happened to Harold Ramis? He had been making good movies like "Ghostbusters", and now he is making some bad mistakes like "Multiplicity" and "Analyze This". THIS MOVIE IS VERRRRRRRRRY BAD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Multiple" late success for director Ramis July 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"Multiplicity" director, Harold Ramis, has been on a roll since "Groundhog Day" and validated his directing/writing maturity with "Analyze This". However, in his earlier films I always felt he was mediocre, at best, as an actor. As a director and writer he pandered to the masses with slap-stick, debase humor and trite "Hollywood" creativity. "Caddyshack" was easily his best early work, and I believe it has been mostly over-rated by generational bias.
Inbetween Ramis' successes with "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This" is this very funny film about an over-worked, under-appreciated family man, Doug (Micheal Keaton), who is at his wits end for a solution to his troubles. Per chance, his frustration climaxes and is witnessed while supervising a job at the facility where cloning attempts have succeeded. The doctor believes Doug is the perfect client for a human test. As the first successful clone doesn't solve all his problems, Doug makes another. The two clones feel the need to have their own "solution" and make a copy of a copy,... which, of course, is not as good as the original. No problems are really solved and now Doug has a bigger mess on his hand than he realizes. The way he cleans it up results in the more hilarious scenes, as well as a very human quality that most comedies never involve. The way each clone gravitates to one of Doug's basic personalities and proceed to interact said a lot to me about how each of us can deal with our own under-appreciated, time-deprivated lives.
Some reviews suggest this movie is not all it could have been. I can't imagine how it could be diferent. This is a comedy and it will succeed at making you laugh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Note to Studio: I will buy it again in blu-ray!!!
Funny. Funny. Funny. Funny. Funny. Funny. And in case there's any mistake - Funny. Save some laughs for that last act.
Published 6 days ago by Scissorpaws
3.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted fun movie. Good acting by Michael Keaton in multiple ...
Light hearted fun movie. Good acting by Michael Keaton in multiple roles/personalities.
Published 28 days ago by Heather knighth
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory, even for guys
Great film. Light on your brain. Funny as hell.

Keaton is spectacular.

A must watch if you hate Keaton's batman.
Published 11 months ago by spiralofhope
1.0 out of 5 stars Multiplicity
I have not been able to watch this movie because the disc won't read. What a waste of money. Too bad there isn't a return policy on DVD's
Published 13 months ago by kkatyred
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy.
Another great old comedy with Michael Keaton and Andie McDowell. So hilarious that you can watch it over and over again.
Published 20 months ago by Risé
4.0 out of 5 stars a pretty good movie,even after repeated viewings
i have watched this movie numerous times,and it seems that each time i watch it,the movie becomes less funny,more amusing. Read more
Published on March 12 2007 by falcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Poses an interesting scenario
This is definitely an original premise for a film, and the casting was dead on in selecting Michael Keaton, as he puts his comedic talent to excellent use in Multiplicity. Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by Forest Law
5.0 out of 5 stars One times one is two. That's Multiplicity.
Seeking simplicity causes complexity in the movie Multiplicity. An over-worked construction contractor's life gets even more hectic when his homemaker wife decides to return to... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by "auntvickie"
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinker
I thought this movie was boring and when they do the 'clone of a clone' thing it was a cue for some jokes at the expense of the mentally impaired that really are in very, very poor... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Cute
Michael Keaton is truly funny in this. He never has enough time, so he decides to clone himslef..The clone then clones itself...It gets funnier with each clone! hahah "Hey Steve.. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by T. L. Chrismer
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