'Identical' as 'Love Me Tender' as a Hallmark movie

September 4, 2014 6:26 PM

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Earnest and well intentioned, "The Identical" is based on a "what if" that straddles the line between ingenious and loopy: Suppose Elvis Presley's stillborn twin had lived, been raised separately and unaware that he had a brother, and eventually turned into a world-class Elvis impersonator?

You could do something pretty funny with the idea, but here it's presented without irony. The filmmakers use such a straight-laced and schmaltzy approach that "The Identical" might as well be a Hallmark TV movie.

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