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By Maria Llull, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

So-so spy movie for kids featuring Emma Roberts.

Movie PG 2006 84 minutes
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SPYMATE can be both predictable and confusing at the same time. The characters and their lines are numbingly boring, and yet they sometimes veer off on tangents that make no clear sense. A group of circus performers use improbable moves to nab bad guys in a weirdly choreographed scene. The bad Dr. Farley turns from evil to whining wimp in the blink of an eye. The acting is flat and the characters one-dimensional.

On the plus side, though there are some scary themes, this is a light and goofy movie in which would-be intense moments are swept along in the silliness. There is no anguish over the kidnapping and there are no dark moments of revenge being sworn. This keeps things easy for children to digest, but it also makes things unbelievable. If a man's daughter has been kidnapped, would he really pause to have a drink with a monkey before setting out to find her? Kids may like Spymate, and though it's no cinematic feat, at least the violence isn't gratuitous.

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