Despite what the commercials say, Double Take just isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Advertised as basically and action-packed laugh fest, you're guaranteed to receive considerably less.
However, you are guaranteed to receive a frustrating, yet creative 'who-dunnit?' with seemingly
endless twists and turns.
I had mixed feelings about this movie. Overall, I was a little disappointed in it's overall composure.
Although I like Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin seemed ok, the funny moments just didn't seem all that
funny and the characters didn't seem all that believable. It had a feel, somewhat,
of 1998's Rush Hour, but without the character chemistry, heart, and the abundant laughs. Also, it seemed
more thrown together and haphazard, as well. The plot was often confusing but interesting. The movie never failed
to entertain, but the quality of the entertaining was questionable. For a comedy, the laughs seemed few and far
Content didn't help the movie along much with at least 40 "s" words as well as 23 "a" words and a barrage
of other colorful phrases (with the black derogatory term "n*gger" being used a lot by the black stars to each other).
Violence was frequent, with the worst being the villain accidentally shooting himself several times as he fell down a flight
of stairs. Although played for laughs, the villain ends up shooting himself in the head off camera-- the whole scene
wasn't bloody or gory at all, but the thought wasn't too easy. There is a lot of shooting and gunplay to keep
the action flick fans happy, but another reason to keep the young ones out of the theater. Sex/nudity is mild,
leaving it kept to a relative minimum with only a few comments and a business meeting at a lingerie show.
The movie needed to concentrate more on characters and witty dialog than making a plot that was unique, which ended up
being more confusing, but still creative in a sense. It wasn't a total loss, but it's not one for the personal
library. If you want a good action comedy team, wait for Rush Hour 2 this summer.
In summary, I didn't expect much after the bad reviews when I went into seeing it, so I
didn't think it was too bad, but it could have/should have been better. It was PG-13 due to excessive language and violence which
didn't help my opinion of it either. Due to all I've said, I have no choice but to
warrant the movie a so-so rating of 2.5 out of 5. On that note,
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: A few sexual comments; Daryl and his business associates
go to a lingerie fashion show where various women modeling skimpy pieces are seen; Daryl has to wear Freddie's
watch at one point which shows a topless cartoon woman's large breasts with only stars covering the nipples.
Vulgarity/Language: 40 "s" words, 8 "g*dd*mn," 22 "a" words,
1 "a-h*le", 14 "d*mn", 1 "S.O.B.," 12 "h*ll", 1 "J-sus," 1 "G-d."
Daryl gives Freddie "the finger."
Alcohol/Drugs: Daryl and Freddy have some drinks from time to time as well as other characters, also the CIA mention drug operations and at one point
we see people putting cocaine into a briefcase.
Blood/Gore: After Freddy is injured, he has some blood on
his hand from touching the wound.
After Daryl and Chloe are attacked in their apartment, Daryl has some blood on his nose as Chloe has some on her lip.
There is some blood on the robe of a dead woman. We then soon see blood on the back of another dead body.
A couple characters suffer slightly bloody dog bites during the film.
Daryl has a some blood on his leg from a minor wound.
Violence: Several murders (most off screen, some on),
a person is thrown from a train, lots of gun-shooting, a person is suprisingly shot in the head by another
person off screen, and other assorted acts of violence.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.