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Double Dare Review


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A well-meaning and informative documentary about Hollywood's unsung stuntwomen, Double Dare is lucky enough to have a pair of charismatic women at its heart, but fails to look deep into the industry, preferring to follow its two stars around and see what they get into. Fortunately these ladies are pretty fun to tag along with, so the relative lack of more background is not necessarily missed.

The ranks of stuntwomen are pretty thin - one scene at a meeting of their union seems to show about a dozen members, tops - but filmmaker Amanda Micheli found two of the group's icons, Jeannie Epper and Zoë Bell, who serve as sort of bookends for the industry's last couple decades, as they were both the stuntwomen for iconic female TV action stars. In the 1970s, Epper did stunts for Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman (astonishingly campy scenes from which are included here), while Bell was hired at the age of 18 to be Lucy Lawless' stuntwoman on Xena: Warrior Princess. It's one of the film's primary attractions that, besides simply being icons, both Epper and Bell are intensely animated, engaging and likeable people, whom it's nearly impossible not to root for.

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