Simon Sez

on September 24, 1999 by Dwayne E. Leslie
   Simon ("Double Team's" Dennis Rodman) is something of a super-Interpol agent. He is an expert martial artist, marksman and ladies' man. While on a surveillance assignment, he becomes loosely involved in an arms deal--a deal coincidentally related to a kidnapping that an acquaintance, Nick (Dane Cook), is trying to resolve. Nick's only problem is that he is a bumbling idiot. So he desperately needs his cool multi-talented friend as backup. A temporary alliance is formed to rescue Nick's client's daughter (Natalia Cigliuti) and to stop a laser-toting madman bent on holding the world hostage.
   Thanks to a hard-working supporting cast, this film achieves sporadic moments of tolerability, such as the interludes of rebellious young love between the kidnapping victim and her boyfriend (Filip Nocolic). Rodman's bullet-dodging character, however, strains credulity; his only redeeming moments are during his fight scenes, thanks to clever and creative choreography.
   The film's feeble attempts at humor are tedious; like the character of Nick, the film quickly goes from being funny to silly to annoying.    Starring Dennis Rodman, Dane Cook, Jerome Pradon and Emma Sjöberg. Directed by Kevin Elders. Written by Moshe Diamant & Rudy Cohen. Produced by Moshe Diamant. An Independent Artists release. Action. Rated PG-13 for violence and sexuality. Running time: 84 min.
Tags: Starring Dennis Rodman, Dane Cook, Jerome Pradon, Emma Sjberg. Directed by Kevin Elders. Written by Moshe Diamant, Rudy Cohen, Produced by Moshe Diamant, Independent Artists, Action

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