Big Business Review

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USA, 1940's. In the small town of Jupiter Hollow two sets of identical twins are born. The maternity nurse makes a classic error, separating the twins so that one of each goes to a rich family, one of each to a poor family. Forty years later, we see the sets of twins on collision course again, as a big-city business move to close down Jupiter Hollow's factory.


Watching this film gives the impression that not only is Jupiter Hollow the smallest town in America, but that America is the smallest country in a very small world.

Coincedences and casting bring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin together as two sets of identical twins, separated at birth. Shifts in the planets and the financial world contrive to their meeting at the centre of a corporate wrangle in New York’s Plaza Hotel. This ought to afford more laughs than it does, but getting your head around the four-fold premise takes up much of this movie's running time. Midler can’t help but make a meal of her two parts — both city slicker and country cousin — but she’s done this particular bitch better.

Ultimately lost in it's own contrivances, Big Business still manages a few laughs thanks to it's big name leading lady.