The whole TWO OF A KIND experience marked several important events in the career of Olivia Newton-John. First, the movie effectively ended her big screen career. She's had a few bit parts in low-budget ho-hum dramas since then and has visted TV movie hell on a number of slush-filled occasions, but her leading lady days were torched by TOAK.
Second, the soundtrack album was the last time her name was to appear on a certified platinum release in America. And lastly, the album's lead single, the excellent TWIST OF FATE, was the last top 5 hit she was to ever attain.
Travolta suffered just as badly. TOAK came almost back to back with his stinky SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER sequel, STAYIN' ALIVE. It
took him 10 years to retrieve his good name.
So, is TOAK that bad a film? Yes, it is! I suppose it would be classed as a 'rom-com' nowadays (though the movie has little of either). Travolta plays a frustrated (and oddly camp) inventor while Olivia brings her limited talents to the role of bank teller and aspiring actress. After seeing Olivia screech her way through the movie, mugging madly, competing with Travolta for worst lines of dialogue and biggest hair, you'll be right in thinking, 'no wonder she's an out of work actress!'. But, sadly, Olivia's character, Debbie, is meant to be GOOD. She just hasn't had the breaks yet. This is the first of many downfalls.
The movie picks up after half an hour when both leads are killed, only for God to intervene and give them a second chance! Charles Durning and the late Oliver Reed (was this when he began drinking heavily?) disgrace themselves in thankless roles, but at least the film is over in 80 minutes!
Enough of this! Luckily the soundtrack is a brighter affair.