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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
This isn't a message-oriented movie, but kids will learn that with age comes experience, even if the person seems a bit silly at first.
Positive Role Models
Johnny has the best of intentions, even though he often makes mistakes on his missions. Agent Tucker never loses faith in Johnny, even when he's been wrongfully denounced.
Violence & Scariness
Three character deaths, but each one is portrayed somewhat humorously. Some explosions and gunfire ensue during climactic scenes. There's martial arts sparring at the beginning of the movie as well as one extended "battle," in which Johnny fights a villain with kicks, punches, etc. An elderly woman plays an assassin with a collection of weapons that are hidden inside other objects (vacuum cleaner, suitcase, etc.). Several jokes revolve around Johnny's ability to withstand kicks to the groin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Johnny flirts with Kate; in one scene, she kisses him briefly on the lips.
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Infrequently used words include "stupid," "damn," "bloody," "turd," and "good lord." The word "pussy" is used to refer to a cat.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computer and a couple of cars are displayed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Johnny English Reborn is a spy comedy sequel to Johnny English, a star vehicle for British comedian Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean). Like The Naked Gun's Frank Drebin, Johnny is a bumbling character who always ends up saving the day -- by accident. There's loads of rough slapstick, as well as weapons, martial arts fighting, explosions, and gun violence, but it's all played for laughs. The sexuality is limited to one brief kiss and some flirting, and the language is fairly mild ("damn," "bloody," "turd"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Here's hoping Atkinson's next project highlights his acting skills better than this silly spy spoof does. Either you're a fan of Atkinson's brand of slapstick humor or you aren't, and if you can't stand the physical comedy or the gags involving him hitting someone he thinks is a villain but is actually a grandmother -- or the Queen! -- then this isn't a comedy worth seeing. And, frankly, even for Atkinson's fans, this isn't an example of his best work, like Rat Race or Mr. Bean's Holiday. A little dash of Atkinson goes a long way (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral), but an entire film can get tiresome (especially the kicks to the groin) -- even though there will of course be a couple of moments when you can't help but laugh at the absurdity.
A small saving grace in Johnny English Reborn is the fantastic cast. Anderson is one of America's rare actors who can successfully maintain an English accent, West is an underrated actor who should be cast in more than a throwaway supporting role, and newcomer Kaluuya holds his own as the comedic straight man to Atkinson's zany antics.
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