Melissa Pierson
October 25, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Multiplicity

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
117 minutes
performer
Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Eugene Levy
director
Harold Ramis
author
Chris Miller
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

The first incredible thing about Multiplicity is that people got paid to write the script. The second is that its director is the same Harold Ramis who gave us the marvelous Groundhog Day. This formula comedy’s premise, suitable for an after-school special, is that an overworked contractor (Keaton) clones himself to relieve the pressure, falls into dull-witted slapstick, then Learns an Important Lesson and wins back his beautiful, formerly unappreciated wife (MacDowell). The techno trickery used to put four Keatons on screen simultaneously (which is frequently lost in the video cropping) is nearly as worn out as Keaton’s character. Although Multiplicity was hardly a hit, it did sell some tickets in theaters. You would be wise not to multiply the mistake. D+

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