A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
Vague messages about good vs. evil, but all played for laughs. Some potty humor.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a bumbling fool whose intentions might be in the right place, but he's such a fool that he's certainly no role model.
Violence & Scariness
Comic peril including shooting and fighting, no one hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bare bottom meant for laughs; mild sexual references.
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Some potty talk and a few instances of "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Johnny English is a slapstick comedy with a few strong words ("ass") and some bathroom jokes . Some spy adventure peril including guns, but no blood or intense violence. Kids not familiar with the long-term French-English political and cultural clashes may be confused by the animosity between the French and English characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The spy parts aren't exciting enough and the funny parts aren't funny enough, but the overall effect is mildly amusing. Johnny English as mild spy parody has nothing new, though Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") is a gifted comedian who manages to wring some new laughs with material that has already been fully explored in movies from Our Man Flint and Dean Martin's Matt Helm movies to Spy Hard, and Mike Myers' Austin Powers series.
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