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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Violence

Mostly comic violence, lots of shooting and explosions.

Sex

Sexual references.

Language

Strong language for a PG-13, raunchy humor.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None

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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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 team... Continue reading
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 la... Continue reading

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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