TWO OF A KIND
Two of a Kind gives the impression of having started as a double-bill pairing that the agents had cooked up the reteaming of Travolta and Newton-John which the filmmakers were then stuck with having to come up with a film to accompany. All that they have gone and done is recycled various plot elements from 1940s light fantasy. However, this is something that had become decidedly creaky by the 1980s indeed, the same basic plot of God, The Devil and angels fighting over the fate of two lovers served as the basis for Second Time Lucky (1984), one of the worst films ever made, around the same time.
The details and conditions of the Heavenly bet are slung together with minimal regard. The rest of Two of a Kind is a frenetic slapstick caper comedy. Most of the material is incredibly lame. Although to Two of a Kinds credit, some of these scenes are occasionally quite lively. The sequence with the restaurant frozen in time as Oliver Reed gleefully rearranges trolleys beneath falling bodies, places mens hands inside womens bras and so on is a wonderful piece of slapstick nonsense. It makes Two of a Kind by no means actually a good film, but does at least enliven it during occasional moments.
John Travolta is okay but is lumbered with some awful material involving doorbells that bark like dogs and edible sunglasses. Olivia Newton-John is playful despite an accent that attacks her dialogue like a hatchet. The two have a dizzy spaced-out rapport that often seems so flighty it makes up in small charms what the rest of the film lacks in conviction. This only falls flat in a glaring series of innuendoes about, of all things, doorknobs. The rest of the names in the cast are slumming it through gritted teeth with the exception of Oliver Reed cast as The Devil who launches into the role of The Devil with the ripeness of a three-week old ham and appears to be having the most fun he has had in some years.
Two of a Kind was nominated for a host of Golden Raspberry Awards that year, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actor and Actress Nominations for Travolta and Newton-John.
Two of a Kind was the directorial debut for John Herzfeld who has made a handful of other films including 2 Days in the Valley (1996), The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007) and Reach Me (2014). His only other genre work was 15 Minutes (2001) about media-obsessed killers.