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Saturday and Sunday, at 3 p.m. and 2:30 pm.
respectively, the Michigan Theater is screening
the film classic "The Wizard of Oz." Click your
ruby slippers together and be there.
doesn't double
Your pleasure
or your fun
By Heather Phares
Daily Arts Writer
It's more than a little ironic that
"Multiplicity," a movie about a man
who clones himself to have more time
for his family and himself, turns out
to be a generic "feel-good" movie
with little to differentiate it from the
rest of the pack.
Like its pressed-for-time protago- What a great world It would be if there re:
mist, Doug Kinney (Michael Keaton),
"Multiplicity" tries to do too many clone, is the macho, sex- and work-
things at once and ends up doing them obsessed Doug who takes care of
in a glancing, superficial way. It's business, while Three is the caring and
clear that Kinney doesn't have time nurturing Doug created to look after
for his job (he gets a "promotion" that the house and the kids - a mix of Mr.
means he'll do two jobs for the price Mom, Stuart Smalley and the Anal-
of one), his family (he misses his Retentive Chef. Four, actually a clone
daughter's Campfire Girls ceremony) of Two, is a messed-up, childlike copy
nd especially him- of a copy; he's
lf(the last time he REVIEW "not as sharp" as
played golf was the originals.
"nvr". So ulplicity While Keaton's
'never'). So, Directed by Harold Ramis
instead of examin- With Michael Keaton and performances of
ing ways to manage Andie MacDowell all the Dougs are
his time better, or s fine howcase fine, the original
communicating his Doug Kinney is
desires to his boss and family, he simply not well-defined enough as a
clones himself. Then he clones him- character to care about - or to under-
self again. Then his clones clone stand - exactly where the different
themselves. And so on, and so on, and facets of the clones come from.
on. Even the characters who aren't
Each clone represents a side of cloned in "Multiplicity" are one-
Kinney's personality. Two, the first dimensional. As Doug's wife Laura,


July 24, 1996 i

Andie MacDowell mostly reacts to the
weirdness going on around her -
aside from her desire to return to the
workforce after having kids, which
puts additional stress on Doug, she
mostly goes through the film wonder-
ing what shirt Doug was wearing when
she saw him just a minute ago. Doug's
boss (Richard Masur) is the typical
taskmaster, unsympathetic to Doug's
needs; he won't even let Doug (actual-
ly, Two) call in sick when he has a 103-
degree fever.
Essentially, "Multiplicity" deals
with how harried Doug is; even his
clones demand too much from him.
Problem is, he's an undeveloped and
therefore not particularly sympathetic
character. Quadrupling him only
makes matters worse, and makes Doug
appear incredibly self-centered; even
when there's four of him, there's still
not enough to go around. Even though
there's some funny moments to
"Multiplicity" (particularly when
Doug takes his wife to the same
restaurant to which Two has taken a
pretty co-worker), there's not enough
of those to go around either.
Unfortunately, this movie about clones
is just too derivative to work.

Not known for glam or green
eggs and ham, it's Samiam
By Colin Bartos
Daily ArtsWrfiter
The members of
Samiam seem to keep it
pretty low-key. Vocalist4-
Jason Beebout, lead gui-
tarist James Brogan,
bassist Sergie Loobkoff,
guitarist Aaron Rubin and
new drummer M.P don't ''-
jump out at you when you
see them, and they aren'
interested in being big
"rock stars." Samiam just
lets its music speak for Samiam should try a human pyramid next time.
itself. the bands Samiam emulated (Husker
Samiam formed in Berkeley, Du, the Replacements), and the
California in 1988, so it's no new- lyrics were surprisingly cerebral for
comer to the punk scene. Beebout, a debut by a California punk band.
Brogan, and Loobkoff were the three In 1991, Samiam worked with Bad
original members. After getting a Religion co-founder Mr. Brett on a
drummer and another guitarist, second album, "Soar." This album
Samiam cut its really helped
first 7" single on PREVIEW Samiam find its
Lookout! Records groove - the
(former home of Samiam group tried a lot
Green Day and St Andrew's Hal more tempos, and
Operation Ivy), Tickets $8 the songs dictated
and soon after- Call (810)645-6666 for info the sound to
ward was signed come: wall-of-
by small, independent New Red noise guitars, hard drums and loud,
Archives Records. passionate vocals. Samiam released
1989 brought Samiam its first "Billy" in 1992, which cemented the
EP, "Underground," and its first full- group as a force to be reckoned
length player, "Samiam." The music with.
was fast, loud, and brash, like that of See SAMIAM, Page 12
Schlanderer on South University
invites you to join us at our
All items in stock fifteen or more percent off
Fair hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


AsN to Durn up the Snelter
If this wasn't an all-ages show, certain members of Ash wouldn't be able to get In
the venue. The band mixes punk energy with catchy tunes and solid songwriting -
sort of like a better, cuter, younger, Northern Irish version of Green Day. Its debut
album, "1977," is aptly titled, alluding to the group's punky leanings, the birthdates
* two of the members and the year their favorite movie, "Star Wars," was made.
Songs like "Girl From Mars" and "Kung Fu" have been featured in the "Angus" and
"Rumble in the Bronx" soundtracks; the rest of the band's material Is as enjoyable,
especially the current single "Goldfinger." See Ash this Saturday at the Shelter and
educate yourself about the newest wave of British pop. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.,
tickets are $6. Call (313) 961-MELT for more Information.

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