I Spy

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

Common Sense Media says

TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 97 minutes





What parents need to know


Mostly comic violence, lots of shooting and explosions.


Sexual references.


Strong language for a PG-13, raunchy humor.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking


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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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 recreate the coolness of the classic TV show, which 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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 1, 2002
DVD release date:March 11, 2003
Cast:Eddie Murphy, Famke Janssen, Owen Wilson
Director:Betty Thomas
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:action violence, some sexual content and language

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Teen, 14 years old Written bysweetie1025 January 8, 2010
I love this movie 4.5/5 it has a really good mix of comedy and action. I don't know why they put frowny faces at messeges and wrote 'Inter-racial teamwork' - Why would that be a frowny face?
Teen, 14 years old Written byfredn March 14, 2011

not a kid movie

a lot of bad crap and wasnt funny at all.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old July 14, 2010

good movie

this movie is funny and is a bit violent but when people are shot theres not bullet hole of blood and it cuts to them half way falling to the floor. some bad language like the s-word is said around 20 times. the b-word is said around 4 times and other mild language


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