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The Junior Spy Agency

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kid-friendly spy parody is silly but very predictable.

Movie NR 2014 94 minutes
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Kids will probably enjoy the antics of Sam Steele as he indulges in his spy-like behavior. He can roll his eyes and use a magnifying glass on a moment's notice. But, beyond the gestures, he's not very effective, and it's up to Emma to provide the smarts. The villains will get laughs, too, but watching a very dumb crook dance with a mop can only sustain interest for a few moments. Adult performances, with few exceptions (Dee Wallace), are abysmal. The writing and directing is by the numbers at best. So, although it may have a certain charm for young viewers, there are many better alternatives.

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