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Double Take (2001)
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by EricDSnider

"Double your pleasure by not-seeing this movie twice."
2 stars

"Double Take" is proof that we've taken the performer-as-entertainment train to the end of the line. Performers need material, people; it's not enough just to plop them in front of the camera and say, "OK, be yourself."

Many comedies are based on the personalities of the performers: If you think the guys are funny in general, you'll like the movie. Mike Myers, Martin Lawrence and Adam Sandler all work in this genre.

Well, "Double Take" is proof that we've taken the performer-as-entertainment train to the end of the line. Writer/director George Gallo is so convinced we'll find Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin funny just because they're Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin, that he doesn't even bother coming up with a coherent plot or writing jokes for them. Just put 'em on the screen and let 'em be!

Eddie Griffin, who follows in the fast-talking, punch-line-muttering footsteps of Chris Tucker and Jamie Foxx, plays a nickel-and-dime con man named Freddy Tiffany. His target of late is wealthy businessman Daryl Chase (Jones), a Bryant Gumbel-ish suit-wearer not at all in touch with his inner homey.

Daryl winds up wanted for murder after stupidly picking up the gun at the scene of his secretary's killing. He had been in touch previously with an FBI agent named McCready (Gary Grubbs), who needs Daryl's help in bringing down a Mexican soda company that's really a front for a drug cartel. He told Daryl to call if he had any problems, and now, fearing the feds won't believe Daryl's story, he tells him to high-tail it to Mexico, where McCready can protect him.

After running into Freddy for, like, the millionth time, Daryl hatches a plan: He and Freddy switch clothes, thus helping him escape on a train to Mexico. Once he gets there, he discovers that Freddy is wanted for the murder of a Mexican governor. Suddenly, being mistaken for Freddy is no safer than being correctly identified as himself.

The laughs early on are supposed to be at the contrasts. Daryl is button-down, while Freddy is like Robin Williams on crack, doing "outrageous" things like slapping nuns on the rear end and talking a mile a minute.

Problem is, that jokes wears thin, and then it disappears altogether. The plot is amazingly convoluted, the film apparently thinking it's remaking "North by Northwest." By the final absurd showdown South of the Border, the focus has become the ridiculous story (one that prefers to announce surprise twists rather than develop characters or build interest) and the laughs have been forgotten. Just as well, really, since they were never very good to begin with.

Any film that forgets, half-way through, that it's supposed to be a comedy, is not worthy of my time. Especially when the comedy is replaced with sub-par intrigue and adventure. Bleh.

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User Comments

9/05/06 Petros Gonidis I bet I know the skin colour of all you people who left your bilious comments! 5 stars
12/06/05 J.D. Pittman III How could you not like this movie. It's hilarious. Those who hate it don't know. 5 stars
7/25/05 Pmoney84 The best actor in the movie was the dog 3 stars
10/16/04 Joey funny as hell, definitely good for some laughs and NOT broing 4 stars
11/28/03 Samuel drags on...very boring!! 2 stars
3/24/03 Christina Ths movie was funny as hell. This movie will keep you laughing from beginning to end. 5 stars
1/19/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng What's wrong with you people. This has gotta be the most under-rated movie ever! 4 stars
11/11/01 Andrew Carden Very Bad Lead Actors, No Experience With Good Comedy At All. 1 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean You take two mediocre comedians in a movie with a tired plot and you get a pile of bullshit 1 stars
2/24/01 ladislau Good acting/Nice locations/Good Camera 4 stars
2/04/01 Nic I found myself checking my watch every 5 minutes, seeing how much more I had to sit through 1 stars
2/03/01 brentley during this movie, i walked up to the screen & vomited all over it 1 stars
1/21/01 Boy In The Designer Bubble This racist trash should only be shown to death row inmates as punishement until execution. 1 stars
1/15/01 Silo .... 1 stars
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