Double Take

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

It's impossible to give away the plot to DOUBLE TAKE because there's so much double talk. Popular comedian Eddie Griffin plays Freddy Tiffany, an annoying scam artist and con man haunting Daryl Chase (Orlando Jones), a successful investment banker. About the time smug Daryl is framed for embezzling, he meets Freddy, a fast-talking street hustler, who quickly cons Daryl out of his pocket money. As Daryl's legal problems mount, including a frame for murder, he decides to escape the country. But as fate would have it, or maybe not, Freddy pops up wherever Daryl is, and the business executive talks the zany clown into swapping clothes and identities. Freddy, now looking like a big shot, sticks to Daryl like flypaper, and travels with him on a wild trip to Mexico. All kinds of comical and sinister clashes with secret agents from the CIA, FBI and the Mexican Mafia, or maybe not, will have audiences as confused as Daryl and Freddy or Freddy and Daryl. As the old comic strip character Li'l Abner used to say, "amusin' but confusin'." Fans of Griffin and Saturday Night Live's Orlando may enjoy DOUBLE TAKE, but will leave the theater exhausted from chasing plot changes, no maybe about it.

Billed as an action/comedy, most of the movie's violence is slapstick, but there are also shootings, assassinations, gun threats and ruthless gangster violence. A secretary is found dead, or maybe not, the apparent victim of the mob. Daryl tries to get rid of Freddy by pushing him off a fast-moving train, but Freddy jumps up, runs and jumps back on the train. Gunfire is exchanged many times between good guys and bad guys who wear no hats, black or white, to identify which is which. The film's violence is so mixed with comical action that most viewers will not take it seriously. Daryl's girlfriend is a lingerie model, and along with other models, parades barely covered down a fashion runway. And a voluptuous clerk in a cheesy motel displays her feminine charms with low-cut blouses. There's no on-screen sex and only a few suggestive remarks, but DOUBLE TAKE's dialogue includes 32 obscenities and nine strong profanities, plus many crudities. This shallow, silly movie will attract young teens who once again will be exposed to offensive language and violence used to entertain.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Buena Vista (Touchstone/Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (28) times Moderate 19, mild 9

Obscene Language: Many (32) times - F-word 1, s-word 31

Profanity: Several (9) times Regular (GD 8, J 1)

Violence: ContinuousModerate (mobster warfare with gun battles, explosions, man thrown from train, chases, kicks to crotch, dead body shown)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity few times (lingerie fashion show; woman in low-cut blouse)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (reference to sex, man grabs nun's buttocks, man scratches crotch)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking)

Other: Racial slurs

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and young adults

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