Double Wedding

Tia and Tamara move on from slapstick comedy, but they aren't really pushing the envelope here.

Identical twins Danielle and Deanna Warren (Tamera and Tia Mowry), both called simply “D,” may look alike but are quite different. Deanna is a no-nonsense lawyer who has to be forced to make time for dating by her devoted legal aide Jaz (Chad Connell). Danielle is a pastry chef, too afraid of abandonment to give any of her many dates a real chance or even to open her own bakery.

Both are charged with helping their grandparents plan their 50th wedding anniversary party, at which they plan to renew their vows. But the twins aren’t allowed to bring just any plus-one; they have to make an effort at finding a real relationship by stepping out of their respective comfort zones.

Deanna makes more time for a personal life and gives blind dates a try, while Danielle decides to trust herself and enter the New York Cake Off to win seed money for her dream business. They both find a great guy, someone smart and funny and just their type. It just so happens, though, that they’re inadvertently dating the same guy. Through some preposterous circumstances, Tate Kelley (O.T. Fagbenle) falls for the two, thinking they’re the same person. When the girls realize the mistake, all of their old fears come back, forcing them both to rethink all their relationships.

Writer Jennifer Maisel crafts more detail here than the genre usually calls for. Her characters have rich backgrounds, motivation and lots of personality. Tia and Tamara have transformed from the slapstick comedy twins of their youth to the more sophisticated roles rather nicely, although they aren’t really pushing the envelope here. Fagbenle and Connell are appropriately charming as potential love interests.

Director Craig Pryce keeps things moving briskly enough, with Toronto filling in convincingly for New York.

Double Wedding

Lifetime Movie Network, Sun. June 20, 8 p.m.

  • Production: Filmed in Toronto by Double W Prods. Executive producers, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Darlene Mowry, Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein; supervising producer, Steve Solomos; producer, Deborah Marks; director, Craig Pryce; writer Jennifer Maisel.
  • Crew: Camera, John Berrie; editor, Mark Sanders; music, Lawrence Shragge. Running time: 120 MIN.
  • Cast: Danielle Warren - Tamera Mowry Deanna Warren - Tia Mowry Tate Kelley - O.T. Fagbenle Jasper "Jaz" Cooper - Chad Connell