I Spy

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 97 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Mostly comic violence, lots of shooting and explosions.


Sexual references.


Strong language for a PG-13, raunchy humor.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is rough for a PG-13, with some raunchy humor and many knee-to-the-groin scenes.

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Kid, 11 years old December 21, 2020

Had Some Funny Moments

This film was okay it had its funny moments but it was still kinda bland. There is a lot of language mostly from Kelly Robinson he says S-t a lot over twenty t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrose33frog March 8, 2012

awkward but hillarious moments

I think it was a really funny movie but there was an odd scene between Scott and Rachel. A few akward moments but they were pretty funny.

What's the story?

I SPY is a refresh of the classic 1960s TV series featuring a spy duo with a twist – one African American guy and one white guy. In this action-packed film version, egotistical heavyweight champion Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy) is teamed up with spy Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) on a mission to find a top secret military fighter jet (which can turn invisible), before unscrupulous black market arms dealer Gundars (Malcolm McDowell) sells it to the highest bidder.

Is it any good?

This film version of I Spy fails to capture or re-create the coolness of the classic TV series. The show starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as smart, laid-back guys who traveled around to exotic and romantic locations saving the world. Instead, this is a forgettable buddy movie that feels like a rejected script for Rush Hour 3. Murphy mugs, Wilson pines for his beautiful fellow spy (Famke Janssen), stuff blows up, and the credits roll. This movie is designed to be forgotten before you get the popcorn out of your teeth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it was so hard for Scott to tell Rachel how he felt.

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