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Double Whammy

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  • Actors: Denis Leary, Elizabeth Hurley, Luis Guzmán, Victor Argo, Chris Noth
  • Directors: Tom DiCillo
  • Writers: Tom DiCillo
  • Producers: Denis Leary, David Kronemeyer, Jim Serpico, Larry Katz, Marcus Viscidi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714EO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Double Whammy" on IMDb

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Anything with Buchemi is worth watching, and although his role is secondary to Leary's in this film, he makes it worthwhile. While there is humor throughout the film, there is also a great deal of insight into human flaws and characteristics.
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This odd tale is all over the place. A mashup of comedy, crime drama, romantic comedy, cop show and satire, none done well. They don't really give the great cast a lot to do, Bushemi is really underutilized and Hurly has an odd part. There is some entertainment here if you settle in and go with it.
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I can't totally pan a film that features a nude scene from Liz Hurley (no matter how brief), but overall, this thing stinks. In no way does it measure up to anything DiCillo's done previous to this. I like all of the actors here, but they're given basically nothing to work with here, short of some really anemic Tarantinoisms. Avoid.
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Finally a hip, funny film that's about something. Although the comedy drives the film it is ultimately the strong emotional story that resonates at the film's end. Watch it carefully; it is a deceptively simple film exploring fame, violence, guilt and (again) a certain idiocy in today's "in yo face" filmmaking. You have to buy it just to see how DiCillo's script weaves the above phrase into a classic, utterly original turnaround involving a Bowie knife stuck in a ceiling.
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.
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Take Denis Leary at his sacastic and funny best, throw in two retards in pimp suits, and the sexy, sexy Liz Hurley. Throw this mix into a surprisingly well crafted comedy and prepared to be surprised! A real sleeper.
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...to be oh-so-hip, so Tarantino-esque. More of an attempt to project "attitude" or "vibe" than any real or spontaneous substance. There are a few funny and satirical moments in there, but overall it has the amateurish feel of a made-for-TV movie.
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.
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This was a great, silly comedy that made us laugh out loud- not something I can say about many current flicks. Leary was very believable as the worn out old fashion cop. the screenwriter pair was HYSTERICAL, way too real in their stupidity.
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This movie does not know what it wants to be. A comedy? Love story? Crime drama? It has multiple storylines that we expect to somehow come together (and they do), but they are so different, it simply does not work. The beginning is very funny and entertaining, so you expect to be in for 90 minutes of great movie fun, but right there, the sad urban drama line kicks in and ruins the whole thing. In the end, the sad and the funny parts cancel each other out, bringing the whole experience to NEUTRAL. The only positives are charming Liz Hurley and the cuddly New York setting. But even that is not worth paying for in this case.
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