Film4: Friday 8 May, 6.45pm
Long before Birdman, Michael Keaton made comedies that didn’t pretend to be something else. (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance? Really?) Stuff like Mr Mom, Johnny Dangerously and his breakthrough role, Beetlejuice. He could even carry off convincingly scary nutjobs (Pacific Heights). A frenzied mania was always a big part of his screen persona, and it’s given full reign in Multiplicity. Several times over.
Keaton’s flustered Doug Kinney, you see, can’t find enough hours in the day to cope with his work and family. As luck would have it, geneticist Harris Yulin can provide Kinney with a perfect clone – one for work, one for play. And one for luck. Keaton’s manic temperament suits this silly comedy down to the ground. He starts frantic and is soon enough hysterical. Wife Andie MacDowell is simply bemused. It’s a dozy concept but, thanks to all the Keatons, there are plenty of laughs. Which shouldn’t be so surprising – the man calling the shots is Groundhog Day director Harold Ramis.