I Love You Both
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A pair of co-dependent twins (real life siblings Doug and Kristin Archibald) are charmed by the same guy (Lucas Neff) at their birthday party. When they both start dating him, they must figure out which of them he likes better without upsetting their brother-sister bond.
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2016 / Magnolia Home Entertainment / 87m / $26.98 / NR
Twin siblings and housemates Krystal (Kristin Archibald) and Donny (Doug Archibald) – real life fraternal twins who co-wrote the script that Doug has directed – meet the handsome and appealing Andy (Lucas Neff) at a party and both begin dating (or at least hanging out with) him. There is a brief remark early on that indicates Andy is bisexual – or is at any rate suspected of same – but the film is never completely clear if indeed he is equally attracted to both siblings or even both sexes. He makes an obvious overture to Krystal but it’s Donny who seems the more smitten. Possibly the title refers to a decision Krystal makes at the end, but telling more would be a spoiler for a film that leaves much unexplained or at least unresolved. Those expecting a sex comedy – or at least a sex comedy of manners – from the title will be disappointed. There’s no hilarious bedhopping here. This is, rather, an examination of the twins’ filial relationship and whether it has become an enabling one rather than just supportive. All bets are off as to whether or not any or all of the film is autobiographical – certainly the Archibalds have drawn on their own relationship at the very least. Certainly that might be a partial explanation for the witty and perceptive dialogue that flows between the two.
Andy is less well drawn but then he seems designed to be less a character than a plot device that allows for Krystal and Donny to react to and prompt interaction between the two. Their wacky mother and a horrendous coworker of Krystal’s are unrealistic, even grotesque caricatures while the situation between Donny and an elderly con artist purporting to be his agent stretches credibility. Given the script is lodged in deriving comedy from the more realistic treatment of the twins’ relationship with each other and with Andy these supporting characters seem to pop in from a different movie.This is not exactly small problem; the humor involving these scenes is forced and not particularly funny. That the film survives such miscalculations is a credit to the performances and the easy onscreen rapport of the Archibad twins and the breezy charm of Neff who does a lot with very little and makes his character seem full-blown when it is merely sketched. There is still a lot to admire here – and I was particularly impressed with first time feature director Doug’s adroit visuals (never an easy thing to achieve on a limited budget) – despite the flaws and an up-in-the-air ending that may not satisfy all tastes.