“I LOVE YOU BOTH”— Twins

“I LOVE YOU BOTH”

Twins

Amos Lassen

Fraternal twin siblings and roommates Donny and Krystal (Doug and Kristin Archibald) are suffering malaise. Krystal is just getting over a messy break-up and hates working at her father’s office. Donny is hoping that his career as a pianist will begin soon and in the meantime he takes babysitting jobs. As they become more and more frustrated by the outside world, the closer the two siblings become. Things change when they meet Andy (Lucas Neff), a sweet, good-natured artist and designer that they are both struck by. Andy seems to like both of them and this causes problem between the once inseparable twins.

This is the debut feature for director/star/co-writer Doug Archibald as well as the big screen-acting debut of co-star, co-writer, and sibling Kristin. The chemistry between the leads is obviously natural and they share a witty rapport that makes the film move forward at a quick pace. 

The twins have been codependent since birth and they are best friends who share almost every aspect of their lives together. They each meet Andy at the same birthday party and they are both attracted to him, wanting to spend more time together and undoubtedly determine if Andy is straight (for Krystal) or gay ( or Donny).

A short time later, Andy invites Donny and Krystal to join him at a friend’s party.  During the party, the twins discover Andy is actually bisexual thus leaving him up for grabs for both of them.  As a result, Krystal and Donny both start dating Andy, each wanting to pursue their individual feelings, yet careful not to harm the other.

This romantic crisis is filled with humor and the film has a lot to smile about. After Krystal sabotages her own date with Andy, Donny and Andy start growing closer together.  Krystal attempts to let go, despite the fact that Andy may have actually preferred her.  Things come to a head when Andy and Donny decide to take a weekend getaway and invite Krystal to come along.  As Donny prepares for a night out, Andy and Krystal head out for a drink.  Alone, Andy shares his feelings for Krystal, leaving her torn between a relationship she desperately wants and the possibility of harming her brother to have that relationship.

Labels are extremely double-edged. On one hand, they can provide much needed representation for marginalized minorities, groups and communities, (such as Blacks, LGBT or a specific nationality). On the other hand, labels generate an expectation, and easily disappoint when certain criteria are not met. This is what we look at in this film. The focus of the film is not the romance, rather the focus is on the relationship between the twins. is the central pillar about the movie. This is a movie about fraternal love.

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