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Family Movie Review: The Identical (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG          Length: 107 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. The film is rated PG, probably because the film scants around the issues that would have pushed it to a PG-13 rating. The Depression is depicted; teens and adults drink, sometimes to excess; the mention of a miscarriage; some characters die and another has a heart attack; and the Vietnam War is depicted as a hunky-dory good old time. The film is also faith-based, and although its Christian messaging also acknowledges Judaism, its messaging may not necessarily be impactful for all viewers as intended.

This year’s trend of Christianity-focused films continues with ‘The Identical,’ which depicts twin brothers separated at birth who both eventually pursued music. The film’s greatest flaw is in its casting—its star’s Elvis-impersonating past is a limitation, not a benefit.

By Roxana Hadadi

For a movie that is clearly inspired by Elvis Presley, it’s frustrating that “The Identical” never comes out and says it. The script is written by former Elvis impersonator Wade Cummins, stars Elvis impersonator Blake Rayne, and raises the question of what would have happened to Elvis’s career if his identical twin brother, Jessie Gordon, hadn’t been stillborn. But “Elvis” is never uttered, even though his look and his sound are mimicked to a distracting degree—and that omission is the greatest distraction of “The Identical.”

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