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I defy the hardiest film buff to offer up a better one-two punch in cinema than David and Peter Paul. The performances turned in by the "Barbarian Brothers" in Double Trouble is simply beyond reproach and, quite frankly, transcendent. Are these two young men the greatest acting tandem in the history of the universe? I think yes, my friends. Yes.
Yeah, this movie is totally cheezy, but the Barbarion Brothers never fail to crack me up, I love these dudes, they're just like big funny kids. This is probably even their least intentionally funny movie. Compared to Twin Sitters or Think Big, this one tries to be more of a real action/crime movie, which adds to the humor. Try to take these guys seriously as cops for a minute, you'll crack up laughing. If you like Terence Hill or the band Sparks, you'll probably get their humor. Goofy for sure! and with a positive attitude that makes you feel good.
Some say may say I have poor taste, but to me I just like to accept movies for what they are. Within the very first 10 minutes you can immediately tell this is a B movie affair. The production values are sub par and the acting is uh...basic. However with most B or perhaps C level movies you can find a whole lot of character if you sit on their level. And there is a whole lot of character here. On the whole this movie is charming and plenty entertaining on both a comedic and action level. Probably more so comedy wise than anything else. This movie undoubtedly suffers from the unintentional funnies. Total sober you can hear me giggling away every 3 minutes on the most irrelevant things from the way these muscle bound beasts run to how slightly more fat one is than the other. Not to say there aren't any legitimate laughs in this movie. The writing is decent, nothing too fancy. Plenty will say the Paul/Barbarian Brothers lack of talent. However, I believe there's enough there. They don't look stupid delivering the core content and they deliver the laughs by the truckload even on small liens. You kinda get that brotherly chemistry that I guess could only be gotten from some twins. Plus thanks to their frame they can handle some decent action scenes that appear to cater to what they do best (lift stuff). However, I will admit all hand to hand action was absolutely dreadful. But what do you expect for a B-flick?
Only once in a lifetime does a movie come along that not only defines a
generation but challenges the artistic community to match its
Double Trouble is that movie.
So corny and cheesy that it could feed a starving nation, more mullets than a Billy Ray Cyrus tribute night, a soundtrack swiped from a 70s porno, and acting so good that the only reason that the one of the Barbarians brothers didn't win an Oscar was because they were so inseparably brilliant that it would have been a crime to award it to only one of them.
Can anyone watch this film and see the brothers run (run brothers, run) without wondering if buffalo have become bipeds? Laugh? Though I'd never stop.
This movie was truly mega-awesome but as I watched, cramped in belly splitting convulsions, I felt that there was something missing, some icon that would confirm to me that I was experiencing cinematic nirvana... and then there he was... David Carradine. Enough said.
10 Dolph Lundgrens
One of the things that makes the Barbarian Brothers so great is their
ability to do both action and comedy and pull both off superbly. This
film is no exception to them being able to showcase their unique
talents. This film also continues the tradition of them working with
great co-stars. Tiny Lister, Richard Moll, Martin Mull (all in Think
Big) and now Roddy Mcdowel and David Caradine! In the face of the
Barbarian Brothers, most actors just seem to sink into the background,
but you have to hand it to these legends to be able to hold their own
on the screen and not be drowned out by the amazing screen presence
that the Barbarians have. To touch quickly on the movie- Peter and
David are two brothers who are on opposite sides of the law but who
come together to take down a crooked businessman who's trying to rob
the international diamond exchange. As usual Peter and David have GREAT
chemistry and it is so fun seeing them play off of their characters
differences. This movie really has it all: action, suspense, comedy,
tragedy. What else could you want?
Luckily for you fellow Barbarian fans, Encore has been showing this movie lately on both Encore and Encore Action! I've seen it three times so far, hopefully you can catch it and tape it like I did because we all know how hard it can be to track down original copies of Barbarian films. If you like movies, you will love Double Trouble. Don't miss it!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
For those of you who are not acquainted with the genius of "The Barbarian Brothers," I shall hereby inform you that they are twin body builders with fantastic hair. As opposed to actually being brothers in real life, in this cinematic masterpiece, they play brothers: One is a criminal and one is a cop. The contrast of such polar opposites makes for many peculiar situations between the two young men. Of course with such a highly profound concept, it attracted the stellar talents of Roddy McDowall and James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek). Excellently, both these fine thesbians utter the eff word, which alone makes it worth seeing this movie. Also, Billy Mummy (The stupid little boy from Lost in Space and the writer/singer of the classic Fish Heads song) is all growed up here sporting a ponytail. He plays a brutally murderous thug with consummate skill and aplomb. And wouldn't you know it, Troy Donahue and David Carradine show up too! Back to The Barbarian Brothers. These guys are just so silly that one cannot help but like them. This movie is quite different from their most astounding classic, "Twinsitters," but it definitely delivers the great dialogue. When remembering their dear departed Dad, the touching conversation goes like this: "Didn't dad have old timer's disease?" "No, you mean Alzheimer's disease." "Yeah, he turned into like Ronald Reagan ya know. Couldn't remember anything. And one day, I guess he couldn't remember to wake up." Too funny! And there's lots more where that came from! There's actually a plot here too, but who cares.
This movie is an anachronism. Based on the clothes, music, hairdos, and
so forth, it seems like this should be an eighties film.
Horkheimer, Adorno, and others of the Frankfurt School of thinkers argued in the 1940s that mass media was used to control the people and ultimately resulted in sameness. Double Trouble certainly proves the latter. The plot and the villains are all plucked willy nilly from various 1980s films. One of the barbarian brothers accidentally steals a card that gives access to a vault of diamonds just above the subway in downtown LA. The other barbarian brother is a cop forced by the chief to partner with his larcenous brother. Oh, the other barbarian brother...
How could anyone wear what this guy wears? The Raiders sweatshirt/half shirt with high-waisted, acid-washed jeans? But all of that pales compared with the mullets sported by each brother. Paging Billy-Ray Cyrus. The guy can't run either. He has a worse gait than Keanu Reeves.
Whoever thought that wrestlers could act anyway?
This film is about as fragmented and nonsensical as this review of it. In the right company this could be part of a beer-fueled evening with friends, or consumed alone. Regardless, mouths will be agape. The horror, the horror.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
1992 was a time when you would get lots of straight to video action
movies, with a special guest star as the villain and a cameo from a
well known actor.
We had The Taking of Beverly Hills with Robert Davi, Martial Law with David Carradine, and By The Sword with F Murray Abraham.
Every hero had a mullet, and throw away one liners.
Sometimes some of these films are awful, the aforementioned movies are nothing special, but they entertained, this is awful, and it's embarrassing to watch this, and even review it, admitting the fact I've seen it.
So the plastic faced, steroid addicted Brothers are cop and robber, who join forces to get Roddy McDowell, and another man who looks suspiciously like he was in Dallas.
The mullets are beyond macho, and the clothes are just, well, just see the movie.
The acting is bad, Scotty from Star Trek looks like he's being held at gun point, and the incidental music and delivery of one liners is worse than school kids re-enacting it in the playground.
There is a plus point, the guy who l,as the false chauffeur at the beginning is OK, and that's it.
Roddy McDowell must have owed someone a huge favour to be in this, as he tries his best, but ends up acting like John Inman from are you being served.
And finally, it's the only film I've seen where the main bad guy gets killed, and by the time he hits the floor, he looks about twenty years younger.
I just acquired this movie on VHS after seeing bits and pieces of it on late night cable. This has to be one of the greatest movies ever. It combines all of the elements of awesomeness. The camaro, the outrageous mullets (there has to be some kind of irony there, they can't be under the impression that they're anything but a joke with haircuts like that), the cheesy music, the completely unrealistic guns, the hot early-90's chicks, a plot that's more broken than a Chinese motorcycle, the stereotypical "rich white guy" villain, angry black police lieutenant, washed up actors from Star Trek. If I could make two changes to this movie to make it perfect, I would remove the blatantly homoerotic weightlifting (those noises!!), and add some breasts. The acting is painfully cheesy, but that adds to the overall fun of the movie. The scene where the brothers fight is probably one of the greatest fight sequences of all time. I was doubled over with laughter and barely able to breathe due to the hilarity. WARNING: Everyone in this movie is a frustratingly bad shot. They may as well not even use guns, because no one ever hits anything unless it's at point-blank range. '
How would you like to be known as the Paul twin who couldn't act as well as his brother? Ouch. This movie is like a really bad Saturday morning cartoon- the main character always wears the same clothes, the dialogue is filled with corny jokes only kids will laugh at, and the plot is simple and predictable. (If you can't figure out how things will turn out with the wussy partner, you haven't seen many movies.) If you like Mystery Science Theater, you might enjoy this movie for campy action value. Otherwise, avoid it so you don't have to cringe at this clever exchange between the twins: "No way." "Yes way." "No way." "Yes way." "No way..."
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