Picks and Pans Review: Two of a Kind

updated 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Let's put our cards on the table: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were obviously trying to duplicate their box-office success in Grease when they teamed up for this fantasy comedy. The plot is supposed to be daring because the stars are playing amoral moderns this time, not '50s teenagers. Both are thieves. Olivia—for shame!—actually says a four-letter word and tugs at Travolta's pants, but there's nothing here that Doris Day couldn't have done with Rock Hudson in an earlier day. The plot: If Olivia and john can reform with the help of a cheering section of angles (Charles During, Beatrice Straight and Scatman Crothers), God (the voice of Gene Hackman) won't destroy the world, John and Olivia were clearly hoping for another Heaven Can Wait, but what they got is closer in quality to Heaven's Gate. The execrable script and direction by john Herzfeld, who wrote Voices, make it impossible for the stars to bluff their way through on charm alone. With such a rotten deal, Two of a Kind looks more like a pair of dull jokers. (PG)

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