Wall Streetwise
Double Take
Review by Ross Anthony

Daryl Chase is a wealthy banker caught in a convoluted money-laundering scheme. The cast of characters includes agents from both the CIA and FBI, a south of the border drug king, a dead governor, a street-crazy silly guy and a dog. Griffin (Daryl) and Jones (Freddy Tiffany) toggle between teammates and enemies as Daryl seeks someone to trust in order to re-gather his recently direly disrupted life.

Despite the talent of Griffin and Jones, "Double Take" relies on a rather un-funny comedic script. Directed well and produced professionally, the production just can't build anything out of its written foundation. Half of the entire crop of humor is the result of a purposely-wandering glass eye. A dueling-dance scene and a very funny dining car scene comprise the few remaining yucks. Very slim pickin's.

Easily overlooked will be the solid score and sharply mixed sound track, without which watching would have been a chore. The biggest problem is the shortage of laughs, but the switching double-agents thing and complexity of twists serve more to fumble than add.

Freddy boasts, "I'm internationally known for global mischief; Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba ... all those Mexican countries."

Writer director George Gallo secured the rights to a 1957 black and white Rod Steiger melodrama "Across the Bridge" upon which he based "Double Take."

  • Double Take. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Orlando Jones, Eddie Griffin, Gary Grubbs, Daniel Roebuck, Sterling Macer, Benny Nieves, Garcelle Beauvais, Andrea Navedo.
  • Directed by George Gallo.
  • Written by George Gallo.
  • Produced by David Permut, Brett Ratner at Touchstone/Buena Vista.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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