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5/10
a different kind of job qualification
ferguson-62 November 2014
Greetings again from the darkness. Familiar faces are everywhere in this crime thriller from husband and wife filmmakers Richard Gray (director) and Michele Davis-Gray (writer). The familiar faces make the most of a story with no shortage of characters or sub-plots, though sometimes the movie tries a bit too hard to be gritty and hard-edged.

Jerry O'Connell plays Joe Mulligan, a former basketball star turned club owner and drug dealer. Joe is dealing drugs to pay off his dead dad's debt to loan shark Luis Guzman, all while keeping his dream of hosting his own cooking show on the Food Network. See, Joe is mostly a nice guy caught up in an ugly world. This world includes his brother Holt (Justin Long) who may not be the straight-laced guy he first appears as, his drug boss Bobby (John Corbett), Bobby's henchman Frank (Steven Bauer), and William Spinks (John Savage) as the powerful guy who demands a set-up in exchange for a big pay day.

The set-up is on track until one of the freakiest fatal accidents strikes Sadie Hill, the object of Spinks' attraction. Desperate for the money, the bumbling drug dummies, decide to find a substitute. Enter Joe's customer and Holt's squeeze as the titular lookalike. Gillian Jacobs (TV's "Community") as Lacey does a nice job making us believe she is just desperate enough to agree to the job. Yes, desperation is a trait shared by most every character in the movie … even the detective played by the always reliable Gena Gershon. The final character of note is Mila (Scottie Thompson), who plays the "girl walks into a bar" role and proceeds to muddy the water in this big plan. Both Ms. Jacobs and Ms. Thompson flash the ability necessary for more ambitious projects.

Slow-motion and cheesy music negatively impact some of the dramatic moments and the sex scenes … especially an otherwise effective cross-cut between O'Connell and Long as they seduce Thompson and Jacobs, respectively. Still, for a rainy day mindless crime thriller that won't require much investment, this one is satisfactory and offers a chance to catch up with some of our most familiar character actors.
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5/10
Pretty much a hot mess.
Talos4 May 2018
Despite lots of good actors, this film (story line) is all over the place. Meg.
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6/10
Watchable but feels a bit poser-ish.
Seth_Rogue_One3 April 2016
By poser-ish I mean that it's trying to be a gritty crime ensemble flick but it's just a little 'off' in most regards.

The acting is a little 'off' at times as is the direction, editing and the cinematography isn't the best, they are trying to make it look fancy but instead manages to do the exact opposite.

The overall plot is pretty cool but the dialogue could definitely have done with some enhancements with a lot of cheesy lines that feels like they were taken out of a soap-opera at times.

So yeah it's not a film that grabbed me by the edge of my seat and occasionally my mind wondered astray but for the more-part it managed to keep my interest.

So yeah watchable but flawed, 5.5/10 from me.
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5/10
I blame the music
voyou-703-65535010 November 2014
Your liking of The Lookalike might very well depend on how much coincidences you are ready to accept in a storyline. This one heavily relies on them, some quite extraordinary, but if you are tolerant - or in the mood to be - they are acceptable, especially since they come early on in the introduction of the characters and their respective schemes.

The story is fine, the cast is fine, the picture is often very colourful, in contrast to what must be inside the minds of the protagonists, and there are plenty of beautiful shots, notably of New Orleans and the bayou. What is certainly not so good is the score.

The music is absent from most scenes, but is there for the romance and for the violence. That's unfortunate, specially for the latter. Indeed, these particular scenes lack tension and fail to involve the viewer. Be they a kidnapping or a shoot out, they pass with a level of detachment that doesn't quite fit the genre. I appreciate that they avoid the gruesome of many other films, not so much that they also avoid the thrills. Blaming the music may very well let me overlook other factors, but I'll unfairly leave it at that.
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7/10
Decent Lookalike (Thriller)
kosmasp18 July 2015
Some might argue a perfect lookalike, which wouldn't be wrong at all. The movie itself has quite a few characters it has to bring together or at least introduce and let them play out what they are trying to do. Obviously everyone involved has their own agenda and not everything is as it seems.

Acting-wise you get what you'd expect, with so many known faces. Some might be surprised by the women involved, but only in a very positive way. They all have tough roles to play out, but they deliver. While the story might not have that wow effect going for it, it still is as the movie itself pretty good.
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7/10
Quirky B-Movie with a Good Story and a Bevy of Hotties
LeonLouisRicci3 June 2015
A Somewhat Gritty and Sometimes Amusing Off-Beat Little Crime Story About Drug Dealers and Assorted Hotties. Many Familiar Faces Can Be Seen in This Underrated Movie with Many a Quirk and a Complicated Plot of Misdirection and Coincidental, but Important Situations.

It's Got Enough Violence and Underworld Middle-Level Drug Stuff to be Sleazy, It's Set in New Orleans, to be Worth a Watch. Nothing Here is New in the Genre but it Tries Hard to Include Characters with Expected and Not So Expected Human Flaws.

Justin Long was Outstanding in Tusk (2014 Directed by Kevin Smith) and is Fine as the Nucleus of the Story and the Women Here are All Smokin Hot and that Adds to the Attraction.

The Film's Aloof Manner Keeps This From the Neo-Noir Genre Although it Contains Some Elements. Nothing Memorable, but is a Good B-Movie and the Cast and Some Style Make This a Good Pick When Slumming.
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3/10
Sux
pattycake-7038215 April 2019
Huge waste of time. I was expecting something more enticing and unexpected given the cast. But the story just kept falling flatter. Lot's of plot holes and disconnects.
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5/10
Great cast
yada212130 August 2020
The multiple plot twists don't really come together until the last ten minutes of the movie. I would have spent more time developing the Sadie Hill plot twist at Versailles. They did a decent job introducing that at the beginning of the story. But the dramatic scene near the end left more questions than answers. Basically, this is a drug drama with several disjointed murder plots stashed in the middle. And an ending that was not fully developed enough to explain the mysterious past relationship which seems to be the premise that exploits the finale plot twist. The effort of one of the minor characters seemed wasted to me.
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6/10
Good watch
albertmarinjr9 July 2020
Definitely something to add to your list for when you run out of things to watch. Very suspenseful.
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1/10
Waste of time
mayank-813-37868126 February 2020
Movie had no story at all. Script was too weak, characters were not making any sense and op top of that the acting was also not good. Time totally wasted.
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5/10
too boring first 45minutes
saskpareki3 April 2021
In the second half it gets interesting but still i wouldnt recommend it.

Nothing special in this movie and the actors didnt give anything unique, just an average movie.
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