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The film simply requires your most basic attention; give it and you'll be powerfully rewarded. DOUBLE WHAMMY is a funny twist on the cop/crime genre. The real crime is that the film was abandoned by its distributors and never released theatrically. Word on the street is that a new studio head simply smothered it to get back at his outgoing predecessor. Ironically the film just won Best Screenplay at the DVD Premiere Awards and it deserved it. As usual, DiCillo's script takes you on a rollercoaster of unexpected turns and delights.
Again, I'm amazed at how every single one of his actors delivers an incredible performance. This is constistent with all of DiCillo's films, even down to the smallest characters. Liz Hurley is a sexy revelation and Leary reveals a weathered, world-weary charm that suggests a young Steve McQueen. Paired with Steve Buscemi as a Homicide Detective going through a sexual identity crisis, the two of them make the most inspired pair of neo-noir cops I've seen to date.
Do NOT rent this movie if you expect to turn your brain off and veg out in front of the tube. Do NOT rent this movie if you think Kevin Smith and Quarantino are geniuses. RENT it if you want to experience something. RENT it if you want to see a skillfull, utterly genuine original.
Result: sad waste of some prime acting talent, especially Steve Buscemi adn Luis Guzman. Dennis Leary has always been a mediocre actor with a very limited range, and he's in way over his head as the central character here. Elizabeth Hurley is gorgeous to look at but also possesses a very limited acting range, and WHAT nude scene are the other reviewers talking about? I didn't see anything more than the side of her breasts for about 2 seconds! C'mon guys, you can get more revealing pics of her on the Internet for Chrissakes! As much as I like her, it definitely WASN'T worth sitting through this one.
The film keeps the pace up and never drags. Denis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley play their parts well and believably. Although some of the situation is definitely a stretch, hey--it's a movie!
In short, this movie is defintiely recommended. It's not a Great movie, but it is a Good movie. Nobody will mistake this for a cinematic masterpiece, but it's better than 90% of what's out there. It gets four stars for effort and entertainment value, and not pretending to be more than it is. Your time and money will not be wasted on this one.
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Very watchable, Dennis Leary was very goodas an average guy trying to do his job.Published 7 months ago by Eileen Gallagher
This odd tale is all over the place. A mashup of comedy, crime drama, romantic comedy, cop show and satire, none done well. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ron Baker
this movie somewhat caught my interest, but i did watch it to the end, i would probably watch it again.
Where are the sequels? There should be "Triple Whammy" and "Quadruple Whammy" at the very least. How about "Whammy," the prequel?Published on January 5, 2014 by Mr. Parsimony
Painful to watch the sad attempts at humour. The best acting was by Luiz Guzman playing a character role. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by jennifer
Take Denis Leary at his sacastic and funny best, throw in two retards in pimp suits, and the sexy, sexy Liz Hurley. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by William Boyce
Denis Leary plays Ray Pluto, a city detective whose life is in a downward spiral. He is still mourning the death of his wife and child from a car accident and his career is at a... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Ragnar65
Well, this is the kind of film which many of us picked up out of the bargain bin not knowing anything but what appears in the blurb. Read morePublished on November 11, 2009 by drkhimxz
not as advertised, this was a promotional copy and it stated that it was not for sale, or to be sold, but it wasPublished on September 2, 2009 by Don Bowermaster