Double Whammy (2002)
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as Ray Pluto
as Dr. Ann Beamer
as Jerry Cubbins
as Juan Benitez
as Chick Dimitri
as Lt. Spigot
as Mirabel Benitez
as Jo Jo
as Ping Pung
as Detective Banks
as Bill Berman
as Gina Lavina
as Desert Storm Killer
as Burger Bun Manager
as Lola Fontaine
Critic Reviews for Double Whammy
Despite some funny visual gags, this is one of DiCillo's disappointing comedies, also suffering from an unappealing turn from Elizabeth Hurley.
Perhaps if DiCillo's last two pictures weren't so clever, Double Whammy would stand on its individual merits a little more stably.
Nothing particularly exciting or boring about this movie.
It doesn't always mesh perfectly, but DiCillo is working with a broad palette and his ability to mix comedy and drama is shown at full effect.
Tries too hard, forcing off-the-wall dialogue where it doesn't belong.
Audience Reviews for Double Whammy
Tom DiCillo, apparently, has a pretty good reputation as far as independent filmmakers are concerned. He's, obviously, not quite Jim Jarmusch as far as reputation goes. I say apparently because, other than this, as far as I can remember, I have not seen any one of his movies. This is not really meant as a knock of DiCillo's skills or talents as a screenwriter/director, but this film is not particularly good. What I mean is the fact that, at least before the halfway mark of the film, there's not much of anything really going on here. Yes, Ray Pluto finds himself in situations that make him look like the worst cop possible, even if he is not to blame, and he's also dealing with the emotional aftermath of his wife and daughter being killed during a hit-and-run. But I just don't felt that it really led to absolutely anything. There is a scene where Ray has a flashback to the day of the accident. Several characters also bring it up, but this flashback scene is the only moment where Ray faces it head-on and it's just not particularly good either. Maybe it's that Dennis Leary isn't that good of an actor to pull off the tortured part. I think he's good in comedies, but I wouldn't count on him for more serious stuff, like, you guessed it, having to have the weight of the world on his back due to this accident. I'm just not drawn into it, really and it's not like the film makes it a big part of the film. It doesn't really play part into the "main" narrative. I put that in quotation marks because, as I said, the film is really, for the most part, about nothing. The film does try once it gets halfway through in that Ray is trying to search for the criminals that almost killed the superintendent of his apartment complex. It's not like it's a good narrative or that you care about it. By this point, really, it's much too late to get started. There's also the whole romance subplot, which feels totally out-of-place here. And I don't think that Dennis Leary and Elizabeth Hurley had much chemistry to begin with, so it makes buying into them as a couple all the more difficult. I just find the whole thing tonally very inconsistent. There's moments where the film is silly and quirky and there's other parts where it's super serious to the point that the film is a mockery of itself. As far as comedy, there's really none to speak of. I mean it has its moments, but I found this all to be horrifically unfunny for the most part. It's certainly easy to watch, it's not very long, and it's competently made, technically speaking. But when you talk about putting together story and characters, it's an absolute fucking mess. Cast is decent, but they can't really do much to save this from the hole that it digs for itself. Not the worst movie I've ever seen, but I do actually regret watching this. Not that it's terrible or idiotic, it's just that I felt I wasted my time watching this. I didn't get anything out of this. I don't think apathy counts, but if it did then there's that. Not something you should avoid like the plague, but it's not very good either. There's better stuff to occupy your time with. Like watching paint dry, maybe.
In a long line of off-beat comedies, "Double Whammy" has to come in as one of the twistiest out there. It never quite figures out what kind of movie it wants to be, making it an oddly enjoyable viewing experience. Sure, "Double Whammy" isn't anything special nor does it ever try to be. It's small-time, peculiar, original, and entertaining. This is a clever little motion picture.
Certainly not a great film, but very underrated. I thought it was very funny. Offbeat, but very funny.
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