Double Dare (Capital Ent, 2004) D: Amanda Micheli, w/ Zoe Bell, Jeannie Epper. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN
It’s fun for stunt fans and something to watch with your athletic daughter who’s wondering what to do with her prowess. Sometimes the most inspirational movies are the ones that aren’t even trying.
Zoe Bell, fresh out of high school, spent three years stunt-doubling Lucy Lawless as Xena. Sixty and still working, Jeannie Epper, one of the first stuntwomen, has been in everything from Wonder Woman to Kill Bill.
Both women are hugely likeable and casually competent. Bell, eager to launch her career, and Epper, mentoring her and constantly hustling her own next job, get on like a house on fire, and director Amanda Micheli makes an amiable movie by following them around as they meet, hang out, train together and go to the stunt awards.
Extensive and entertaining extras offer more on stunt work, the problems of women in the industry and the value of female action heroes, balancing the movie’s personal slant.
EXTRAS Micheli, Bell and Epper commentary; 16 deleted scenes; Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Lawless, Renee O’Connor, Lynda Carter and Min Windle interviews, more. Widescreen. English subtitles.