Forgotten Action Cinema: Double Trouble

If you didn’t grow up during the late-80’s/early-90’s, you may not remember the Barbarian Brothers. Peter and David Paul were muscle-bound body builders known for their extreme dedication to their craft. One look at their impossibly chiseled physique and you knew you were dealing with a different breed of weight-lifter. In 1987, someone got the bright idea to cast the siblings in a fantasy flick called “The Barbarians”, a film I vaguely recall during the late-night Cinemax escapades of my youth. The film must have been a moderate success, as the brothers found themselves in a small batch of like-minded action/comedies which focused on the fact that they were big, they were strong, and, more importantly, they were twins. Enter John Paragon’s 1992 epic “Double Trouble”, a buddy cop flick which finds the two brothers joining forces to take down the dastardly son-of-a-bitch behind a high-stakes jewel smuggling operation. Peter and David Paul aren’t the best actors in the world, though they do manage to keep the shenanigans entertaining despite the picture’s embarrassingly awful script and the twins’ half-hearted attempts at humor. Along for the ride are veteran actors James Doohan, David Carradine, and Roddy McDowall, the latter of whom can make even the worst low-budget offering thoroughly enjoyable. Although there are a number of factors working against it, “Double Trouble” is actually a fantastic way to burn through 90 minutes of your otherwise drab and dull existence. The coolest part, of course, is that the film is currently available on Netflix streaming in its original aspect ratio. When you’re dealing with a masterpiece such as this, you want to experience every single detail in the highest possible quality. Peter and David Paul, meet your newest fan. The sooner I locate a copy of “Twin Sitters”, the happier I will be.