Johnny English

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Fine (if pretty dumb) British slapstick for tweens.
  • PG
  • 2003
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 23 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Vague messages about good vs. evil, but all played for laughs. Some potty humor.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

A bare bottom meant for laughs; mild sexual references.


Some potty talk and a few instances of "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMom On watch March 28, 2020

Parents beware

The information under “Sex Stuff” is inaccurate. Characters talk openly to each other about “making love”. So if you are planning to see the movie with your kid... Continue reading
Adult Written byCarlosfandango November 1, 2020

Some course language and adult content

There were some strong words used and they weren't appropriate for my 8 year old. There's also conversations about "love making" which is aw... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 24, 2021
Teen, 13 years old Written byDHook February 8, 2021


It’s good for people who like body parts such as bottoms mild swering

What's the story?

Rowan Atkinson plays JOHNNY ENGLISH, a low-level bureaucrat in England's spy service who dreams of being a field agent. When all of the agents are wiped out through his ineptitude, he gets his chance. England's crown jewels have been stolen by French zillionaire Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich), who plans to take over England and turn it into a prison facility. It's up to Johnny English, his sidekick Bough (pronounced "Boff") and woman of mystery (Natalie Imbruglia) to save the day.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how comedy can diffuse violence. How would Johnny English's violence have affected you differently if it wasn't portrayed humorously?

  • What kind of character is Johnny English? Is he a hero?

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