Twin Falls Idaho

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2

It's no wonder Penny (Michele Hicks) is repulsed by her freakish new client with three legs, two arms and two heads. They are conjoined twins, Blake and Francis Falls (Michael and Mark Polish), living in a sleazy hotel on Idaho Street in an unnamed city. To celebrate their birthday, they have arranged for a visit from a prostitute, and unsuspecting Penny accepts the assignment. Although Blake and Francis are clean-cut, polite young men, she refuses to fulfill her obligation. However, when she discovers Francis is sick and sees Blake caring for him, the young prostitute becomes their friend. She even calls her doctor (Patrick Bauchau) to come to their hotel. It is obvious to the doctor that Francis is kept alive by his brother's strong heart. Soon Penny and Blake fall in love, creating a terrible dilemma when Francis becomes jealous. Especially heart-breaking is Blake's realization that because of Penny, he is no longer willing to die with his brother. This very original script, written by the Polish brothers who also star, has received positive reviews at recent film festivals. But for mainstream moviegoers, the moving, depressing TWIN FALLS IDAHO is much too tedious.

Penny apparently has turned to prostitution because of dire financial circumstances. She wears heavy makeup and wears low-cut dresses like most in her profession. She has many friends from all walks of life, many of them into drugs and heavy drinking. She takes the brothers to a Halloween party because it's the one occasion of the year where they blend in with the crowd. A homosexual makes crude remarks about the twins, and others make jokes about their sex life, assuming that they are only impersonating Siamese twins. One sexually suggestive scene of Penny lying with Blake while his brother sleeps strongly implies she has sex with him. There is no nudity and the scene fades quickly. Foul language includes 15 obscenities and two regular profanities, but beneath the seedy surface of TWIN FALLS IDAHO lies a poignant story of unselfish brotherly love. Also, Penny's generous and loving spirit as she sees Blake and Francis as individuals, not freaks, is very uplifting. What these three friends give and receive changes their lives forever, but because of the foul language and immoral lifestyles exhibited, Preview cannot recommend TWIN FALLS IDAHO.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Sony Pictures Classics, 550 Madison Ave., 8th Floor, NY, NY 10022

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times - All Moderate

Obscene Language: Many (15) times (f word 8, s word 5, other 2)

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 2 (JC 1, G 1), Exclamatory 1

Violence: None

Sex: None; Implied once (unmarried couple lying on bed)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity few times (woman wears low-cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (couple lying together, caressing; remarks about conjoined twins' sex life)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking, drunkenness, drugs)

Other: Man calls himself Jesus, talks of love and peace and 'WWJD'; man throws up

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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