Double Down

  • 2001
  • 1 HR 33 MIN
  • R
  • Comedy, Crime, Drama

For many aspiring moviemakers, Barry Levinson's coming-of-age classic DINER is a seminal film. If only they didn't go on to make their own "will-these-boobs-ever-grow-up" movies. Hanging out at his dad's restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, David Zigman (Jason Priestley) dreams of making his own mark in the business. Unfortunately, David lacks his workaholic...read more

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Reviewed by Robert Pardi
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For many aspiring moviemakers, Barry Levinson's coming-of-age classic DINER is a seminal film. If only they didn't go on to make their own "will-these-boobs-ever-grow-up" movies. Hanging out at his dad's restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, David Zigman (Jason Priestley) dreams of making his own mark in the business. Unfortunately, David lacks his workaholic papa's patience and spends most of his time gambling with three immature buddies at a joint called Zigs. Although Dave's closest friend, Mike (Kane Picoy), occasionally hits a big score, Cory (Peter Dobson) is a jinx and Brett (Orien Richman) is a $50 small-timer. It's hard to imagine this quartet raise the capital to finance David's pipe-dream: a sports bar. After Cory loses a bundle, Mike puts up his Porsche for collateral to protect Cory from a bookie, which seriously depletes the guys' funds. After running into Matt Reed, an old high school classmate who's just become a major league ball player, Cory concocts a go-for-broke scheme. Completely overlooking the fact that he bullied Matt mercilessly at school, Cory feeds the rookie with a series of outlandish sob stories and begs him to blow his debut game. Convinced that his ruse has succeeded, Cory then convinces his pals to bet heavily on the opposing team. But the spiteful Matt hasn't forgotten Cory's abuse — what will happen when he triumphs on the mound? Only Mike can resurrect the sports bar fantasy and undo the damage of Cory's plot. This buddy-buddy flick unfolds like a boozy anecdote, and seems oblivious to the fact that its protagonists — who think of themselves as daring rebels — are lazy lunkheads. By the time they get through carousing, whining and speculating about athletic events, it's hard not wish the loan sharks would devour the lot of them.

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