Runtime: 1 Hour
and 45 Minutes
First and foremost, I must warn you: this is a dumb movie. Its situations
are pretty boneheaded. Some of the things the characters do during
the course of this movie would disqualify them for the operation of
even plastic utensils. Very little of this movie holds up even under
Yet, it's all somehow entertaining, and I think that is due directly
to the actors involved.
"Double Jeopardy" is the story of a woman triumphing over
evil or witless men. (Well, it is). All the men are either incompetent
or downright scum. Starting with Ashley's husband, a callous and heartless
SOB who fakes his death and makes sure that Ashley is framed for it.
Ashley is then sent to one of the nicest prisons I have ever seen.
Nobody in the prison likes her, they tell her so, but aside from telling
her that they don't like her, they don't really do anything to her.
They don't even put her hand in warm water while she sleeps. I've
seen more vicious summer camps in movies. In fact, the prison is sorta
like a summer camp. The women all make baked goods, sleep in cots
and make lots of phone calls. When she gets paroled, she tracks down
her husband because one of the women in the prison told her that,
if you are accused of killing your husband and he isn't dead, you
really can kill him. Now, I am not entirely sure, but I don't think
that was what our founding fathers had in mind when they designed
Or maybe they did.
JEFFERSON: What if this chick's
husband fakes his death and pins it on the chick?
WASHINGTON: Is this chick hot?
JEFFERSON: You bet.
WASHINGTON: Then she can pop him.
WASHINGTON: Why not?
JEFFERSON: Alright, I'll put that
Sorry, easily sidetracked there.
Anyway, once she is out of prison, Ashley commences tracking the evil
husband down. This is where things get even shakier than they were.
It takes Ashley a whole three days to track the bastard down. If it
were that easy, don't you think the cops would have figured this out
by now? I mean, come on!!!
I wouldn't dare give away the rest of the movie for you, but if you
have seen any movies like this, then you probably know what will happen
anyway. During this film, I half-expected Ashley to say to Tommy Lee:
"I didn't kill my husband!", to which Tommy would, no doubt,
respond: "I don't care!"
So why am I still rating it so highly? Because it still entertains,
thanks in no small part to Ashley Judd's performance. She believes
so totally in this character and invests so totally in the situation,
that it is difficult for us in the audience not to do the same. Not
to mention Tommy Lee Jones. By now, he could play this sort of character
in his sleep. In fact, he probably has. He's the master at playing
men tracking innocent and plucky fugitives.
There is a lot of fun to be had while watching this movie, however.
Some of it is suspenseful, mainly because we grow to like poor, besotted
Ashley and we want to see her come through in the end. In fact, we'd
enjoy it even more if our pesky brains didn't get in the way.
Which reminds me of another bit of unbelievable business about this
film: If you were married
to someone who looked like Ashley Judd, would you get rid of her,
even if there was two million dollars in it for you?
I didn't think so either.
Okay, let's get this out of the way...
This movie is not Oscar-material. It's not factually-correct. It has
a lot of plot holes and a lot of dumb mistakes in it. Chances are, you
WILL say, "Gimme a break!" or "I don't believe it!"
or "This is the goofiest thing I've ever seen!"
On the other hand, I found the movie to be somewhat entertaining. Call
me hokey if you must.
Yes, the plotline is given away in the previews. Libby Parsons (Ashley
Judd) has what she thinks is the perfect marriage to Nick Parsons (Bruce
Greenwood). While on a romantic sailboat getaway, Libby awakes to a
bloody mess and a missing husband, and is soon arrested for his murder.
She's convicted and gets a friend to take custody of her child. Libby
loses touch with her son, finally finds him and finds out that her husband
fixed the whole thing and is still alive. She plans her revenge with
"double jeopardy" in mind, meaning she can kill him and get
away with it because you can't be convicted of the same crime twice.
Yes, it's not EXACTLY the meaning of "double jeopardy", but
I suppose they needed something to go with. Libby finally gets out of
jail, and lives in an apartment complex run by Travis Lehman (Tommy
Lee Jones), a gruff parole officer.
Libby will throw any ideas of a straight life out the window as she
violates her parole in an effort to find her son. She'll be caught,
escape, continue following leads, the whole time with Lehman on her
tail. She'll travel from coast to coast in search of her son.
Plot holes? You still got that 18-wheeler? Drive it on through! They're
too numerous to discuss. I particularly liked when Nick thinks he's
disposed of his wife, but anybody with half a brain knows he could have
done a better job.
But...I must be fair. I was entertained pretty much the whole way through.
The premise of the movie (although inaccurate) was enough to at least
hold the movie together. I particularly liked how Libby confronted her
husband at a dinner function.
This one gets a marginal recommendation from me. It wasn't superb by
any means, but at least it kept my interest.