I have three siblings: two older brothers and a younger sister. Yes, that makes me a middle child and what they say about middle children is true: we're neglected, we're ignored, and we never get a second piece of pie. But enough about that. (You can read all about my travails as a middle child in my column on matchtherapy.com.)
For the most part my siblings and I all get along well and have a good relationship, but I couldn't imagine working together everyday or spending extended periods of time with one another. We're just very different people. So it amazes me that a lot of brothers and sister do choose to work together out in the real world and in the not-so-real world of Hollywood.
There are actually quite a few sibling actors working today, although they all haven't, as of yet, worked together. As far as I could tell none of the Baldwins (or as I think of them: Alec, the angry fat one, the religious nut, and the other one) have ever been in the same movie. The same goes for the Dillons, the Arquettes, and Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes, and brother Joseph. Screen legends Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine also have never worked together.
But here are some notables that have worked and continue to work with one another:
Ben and Casey Affleck
GOOD WILL HUNTING is their only film together so far and perhaps Ben's best. Maybe he should work with his little bro more often.
Dakota and Elle Fanning
I heard someone say not too long ago that Dakota Fanning was the most powerful actress in Hollywood. Now, I don't know how accurate that is, but she and little sis Elle are definitely up-and-comers. The two both provided voices for MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, and worked together in I AM SAM. Elle was only three years old in that one so it might just be a hazy memory.
Julia and Eric Roberts
Poor Eric Roberts. Though eleven years older with much more work under his belt, it's his little sister that gets all the recognition. The one movie they were in together is called BLOOD RED. Nope, I never heard of it either.
Luke and Owen Wilson
These guys have been in two films together. They were friends in BOTTLE ROCKET and then friends-turned-romantic rivals in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.
Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
They played – what else? – brother and sister in DONNIE DARKO.
Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen
The Mighty Duck and the Mighty Mumbler have been in two movies together. They played garbage men in MEN AT WORK and cowboys in YOUNG GUNS.
Jeff and Beau Bridges
The Bridges brothers played the Baker brothers in their only film together, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS.
Sylvester and Frank Stallone
These guys have been in seven films together, four of which are from the ROCKY series. I like how for the first three Frank is credited as "Singer" and in the most recent one he's a "Dinner Patron." But it's still nice to see Sly looking out for his bro.
Randy and Dennis Quaid
Both Dennis and older brother Randy have had long, for the most part distinguished careers yet they've only appeared together once, in a film called THE LONG RIDERS where they played brothers.
John and Joan Cusak
John and Joan must really enjoy working with each other because they've been in a whopping ten films together, most notably GROSS POINTE BLANK and HIGH FIDELITY, and recently in MARTIAN CHILD and WAR INC.
email this column to a friend
Comment on this Column:
|Sorry, you must be a member to add comments to columns.|
Join or Login.
Subscribe to MatchFlick Movie Reviews through RSS
Every other Tuesday
Thoughts, observations, conjectures, complaints about movies and mostly how they relate to me personally. If you're looking for something a little broader, try Ebert.
Born to write (literally – much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.|
If you have a comment, question, or suggestion, you can send a message to Tim Josephs by clicking here.|