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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 16 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 18 reviews

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 byLindavanG April 9, 2008

Not as kid-friendly as you might think

As I looked for an end of summer movie to take my kids to, Johnny English was the only PG comedy I could find. My seven year old son was asking to leave before... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byladybug! April 9, 2008

Great Family Comedy

Rowen Atkinson is the classic Mr. Bean, so take Mr. Bean and put a little twist to it. Out comes Jonny English! It is the adventure spy story with some laugh ou... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

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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