Double Dare (2005)
Critic Consensus: An engaging look at two women fighting to stay employed in a profession dominated by men.
Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell are two women who get hurt for a living -- they're Hollywood stuntwomen, who take the falls and dodge the punches while taking the place of glamorous stars. Epper's big break came when she was hired to stand in for Lynda Carter on the Wonder Woman television series in the 1970s, while Bell made a name for herself doing Lucy Lawless' stunt work for Xena: Warrior Princess. Double Dare is a documentary which looks at the lives and careers of these two women, as well as their friendship. Epper, in her early sixties, finds herself dealing with ageism in the entertainment industry, just as she's dealt with sexism much of her life, as she struggles to stay in the game, while Bell learns from her older friend not only the nuts and bolts of stunt work but the trails Epper and her compatriots had to blaze to be respected in their profession. Double Dare also features appearances by Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. … More
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Critic Reviews for Double Dare
Double Dare's weaknesses are only so apparent because of its many strengths.
Castellitto, who has won his country's best-actor award twice before, has such a haunting look in his eyes that he doesn't need to chew the scenery to get across his point. Cruz doesn't speak much, but her face screams of the pain that Italia faces.
It provides a frank portrait of women trying to make it in a traditionally male game.
Shows the hardship that women -- especially older women -- must endure in a male-dominated business.
Audience Reviews for Double Dare
"Double Dare" is a fun and interesting documentary about stuntwomen who rely on a combination of faith and fearlessness to survive in a field that has long been dominated by men. There is footage comparing stunt work to the finished product which helps illuminate the value of their work. My only major complaint is that there is not a more detailed history of stuntwomen in the documentary.
"Double Dare" focuses on two stuntwomen from two different generations, Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell, who are both in the process of looking for work in the documentary. Mostly known for doubling for Lynda Carter on "Wonder Woman," Epper comes from a family of stuntpeople(Steven Spielberg testifies to the vast amounts of her family working in the fight scene in "1941") and her daughter is also in the business. Even though she is nearing 60, Epper is nowhere near ready to retire, stays in shape, takes time out to donate a kidney and is even considering liposuction to look younger.
Quentin Tarantino to his everloving credit is looking for toughness in casting for "Kill Bill" and for good reason. One of the stuntwomen he is considering is Zoe Bell who up to this point is mostly known for her stuntwork on "Xena: Warrior Princess" which had just gone off the air. Considering her next job, like some of her fellow New Zealanders in show business, she is daunted by the prospect of moving away from home to look for work in Hollywood. The irony is that once satisfied to work behind the scenes, since the documentary was released, she has started to develop a career as an actress.
"Double Dare" is a documentary about two Hollywood stuntwomen and their journey through a physically demanding industry. Even though I gave this film a low rating, there isn't anything wrong with it. I didn't really get into it but it was still interesting and informative. The main storyline of the documentary follows Zoe Bell as she transforms from Xena into Uma Thurman's double in "Kill Bill." I definitely have a greater appreciation for the endurance required by these warriors. I think that most people can appreciate this film but it because a lot cooler if you are a "Kill Bill" fan, even if the film is only included for 10 minutes. I enjoyed seeing Quentin Tarantino in this context, getting a glimpse into his world of casting. While it doesn't hold a ton of entertainment value like the documentaries that don't feel like documentaries, "Double Dare" serves its purpose and opens us up to the world of stuntwomen.
an interesting documentary on the life of a stunt woman and the evolution through the years. featuring the stunt double of wonder woman and xena / uma thruman in kill bill
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