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Jumpin' Jack Flash

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

1980s spy comedy has language, violence, dated humor.

Movie R 1984 105 minutes
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This misfiring 1980s comedy tries to conjure the same chaotic energy that was so successful with other fish-out-of-water classics during that decade. Unfortunately Jumpin' Jack Flash only succeeds in throwing together an uneven mix of espionage, slapstick, and odd-couple romance. With both its original star and director replaced, and its script repeatedly rewritten, it bears all the signs of a "troubled production."

Despite the mess of the script, Goldberg does her best to fire some life into the movie's end-to-end set pieces, while a cliched plot about double agents and secret service meddling revolves around her. But the whole affair is exhaustingly overwritten, with an ending that the preceding disjointed story does little to earn. As a result, it becomes difficult to root for Goldberg's Terry or wonder what she even wants by the end. Served by a better script and tighter dialogue, there's a sense that Goldberg would've been able to channel her vivacious performance into making Jumpin' Jack Flash a cult favorite, rather than a half-forgotten disappointment.

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