Parents' Guide to

My Spy

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Funny but formulaic action comedy has violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2020 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 16+

Many adult themes/language throughout

Very dissapointed with this movie. It seemed like it had so much potential but unfortunately its difficult a family film without an agenda. So many innuendos and because they were same sex they're "okay." It has no place in a kids movie even if it's men sexualizing men?

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.
age 17+

Terrible messages

In an age where every 9 year old seems to have a smart phone, the 9 year female lead starts a secret relationship with a fully grown male behind her mother's back. She's shown sneaking out to meet him, video calling him secretly in her bedroom and generally wowing us with her superior intellect. We were extremely disturbed by the messages here that clearly showed that a young child is more savvy than her mother and knows how to distinguish a good guy from a predator. It's like a manual on how to actually get away with it. And of course in the movie it ends up with a happy ending, but real life is unfortunately far from this. Parents beware!

This title has:

Too much swearing
5 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34):
Kids say (49):

Scene-stealing child star Coleman outperforms Bautista in this familiar but fun tough-guy-meets-adorable-kid adventure comedy that's a direct descendant of Kindergarten Cop. Bautista, who's fabulous as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers movies, brings a similar, somewhat awkward persona to My Spy, but he's not quite as suave or charismatic as Dwayne Johnson or Arnold Schwarzenegger, which impacts his ability to completely pull off the role. He's particularly lacking in the light romantic chemistry that's supposed to blossom between JJ and Kate (something The Rock is great at but that Schwarzenegger has similarly struggled with throughout his career).

Since the adults' romance is a secondary concern here, what really stands out is how great Coleman is with Bautista, and Schaal's performance as JJ's eager partner, Bobbi. The two actresses metaphorically carry Bautista on their shoulders. His butt-kicking, eye-squinting, feel-no-pain demeanor, after all, can only garner so many laughs. But thanks to Schaal's comic timing and Coleman's surprisingly magnetic presence, the movie is better than you'd expect. An off-putting misstep is the stereotypical depiction of Kate and Sophie's gay neighbors (one of whom is flamboyant and one of whom never speaks) and a throwaway line about whether Bobbi is a lesbian. The movie also has a bit more violence and language than is typical for tween-targeted family films. Still, while it's definitely formulaic, there's enough in My Spy to enjoy that it should make for a fun movie-of-the-week pick.

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