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Parents' Guide to

Johnny English Reborn

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Slapstick-heavy spoof features dumbed-down humor for tweens.

Movie PG 2011 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 12+

A Worthy Sequel in the Hilarious Series.

Johnny English Reborn is a direct sequel taking place a few years after the first movie. Viewers will follow Johnny English as he uncovers what really happened in Mozambique during the events of the first movie. This show is absolutely hilarious. There is a little violence, but nothing that isn't already in other cheesy spy movies. The only thing is that there is a scene where a woman strips to reveal a bikini for a hot tub. Other than that, prepare to laugh a lot. This movie is a must for those who love the Mr. Bean Show!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 11+

Great Movie!!

Parents really need to lighten up with the "too much violence" and "too much sexual content" complaints. Your kid is going to know what it is and obviously not say anything. My advice is to lighten up with your children and just have good laugh because that's what the movie was intended for!! Everyone is going to laugh whether they understand it or not.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (36 ):

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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