Multiplicity (1996)

Genres - Comedy, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Comedy, Domestic Comedy  |   Release Date - Jul 17, 1996 (USA)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Director Harold Ramis attempts to re-create his box-office success Groundhog Day (1993) with this similarly high-concept fantasy that never makes enough comic hay of its central premise. Lead actor Michael Keaton does his best with amusing variations on the harried hero, but the script by Chris Miller just doesn't have enough funny ideas about what to do with the clones once they've been created. There's a squandered chance with this film not only to whiff a few guffaws at the audience but say something important about the frenetic demands of modern life. However, the screenwriter and director let the opportunity pass them by, instead bogging the narrative down in a silly sex farce subplot that's just situation comedy-level nonsense. There's also just too much going on here; one clone would have equaled a terrific idea, but three results in an overly complex schematic of a story that turns the film into a poor man's Marx Brothers skit. Multiplicity (1996) has a lot of good ideas and a cannily chosen star, but doesn't make the most of its chance to be a really memorable, meaningful, and hilarious film.