In this odd couple, action comedy, Anthony Hopkins plays CIA agent Gaylord Oakes. Oakes is teamed with Kevin Pope (Chris Rock) to buy a nuclear device from a renegade Russian. But when Pope is killed in the middle of negotiations, Oakes has only nine days to pull off a miracle. He must turn Kevin’s street-hustling twin brother Jake Hayes (Rock) into a cultured, CIA undercover agent. At first, it’s the lure of the money that convinces Jake to work with Oakes, but when his girlfriend is kidnapped and bullets are flying, it’s a whole new matter for Jake. Hopkins and Rock make a classy team sharing humor, heavy action and tense moments with a nuclear bomb.
Typical of action films, violence is plentiful with numerous shootouts, fights and chases. However, most of the shootings and fights avoid graphic wounds. When Jake returns to his hotel room, the silhouette of his brother’s girlfriend is seen in his shower. She is later shown in skimpy underwear. One scene shows the woman with her foot caressing Jake’s crotch. However, Jake remains true to his own girlfriend. Although premarital sexual relations are implied, none are shown. Despite being raised in two different cultures, Jake and Kevin seem to share moral values about “doing the right thing.” Jake even honors his foster mother and seeks her help in troubled times. However, the positive messages are often lost in the frequent gunfire and vulgar language.