January 26, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Double Take

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/12/01
performer
Eddie Griffin, Orlando Jones, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Vivica A. Fox, Gary Grubbs, Sterling Macer Jr., Benny Nieves, Daniel Roebuck
director
George Gallo
Producers
Kumbaya Productions, Permut Presentations, Rat Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
George Gallo
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller
We gave it a D

A racial-cartoon buddy movie that flogs its best laugh — indeed, its only laugh — in the trailer. Daryl (Orlando Jones), a Wall Street banker on the run from a drug cartel, has traded places with Freddy (Eddie Griffin), a nattering hustler. Daryl, launching into a shameless caricature of a ghetto lush, chews out an Amtrak waiter for the crime of not having in stock any ”Schlitz! … malt! … licka!” Good joke. End of the movie’s humorous imagination. Griffin, with his stylized street rasp, carries on like some idiot white movie executive’s idea of ”the new Chris Tucker.” D

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