By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
In 1980, two young men meet each other through going to the same small New York community college and discovering that not only did they look identical, but they were born on the same day and both adopted. After this becomes a media sensation, a third identical triplet emerges… this is as crazy as a story gets, right?
Wrong. Three Identical Strangers just starts with this remarkable story… there’s a lot more.
The first part of the movie handles the joy of the reunion and finding out you have two more of you in the world to love and learn about, and all of this is fascinating to watch. However, the movie’s attention soon turned to the inevitable question that the boys’ adoptive parents had- how did this happen, and why were none of them ever told about the fact that there were two more brothers for their son out there (very, very strange in a adoption community that recognizes the importance of keeping siblings together if at all possible).
I won’t delve too much deeper into where this documentary goes, but there’s a reason why it’s getting such a relatively large release and generating so much buzz- let’s just say if Kanye & Jay-Z came up with all of this as an album concept it would both be totally unsurprising and pretty dang controversial. Shit, Alex Jones would have a cow if he ever got wind of it.
Which he won’t, because documentaries is too close to book readin’ for his comfort.
Feature documentary rookie Tim Wardle plays it pretty conventionally, leading to some parts dragging here and there, especially once we get used to the above big twist and its implications.
Three Identical Strangers, while somewhat conventionally delivered, is one hell of a twisty, both in its story and its moral implications.
Three Identical Strangers (2018) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time the cheesy phonebooth photo is shown
Take a Drink: whenever the brothers party down or somebody talks about it
Take a Drink: whenever things take another unbelievable and/or dark turn
Do a Shot: for each reunion