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The World Is Not Enough

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.

Movie PG-13 1999 128 minutes
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As far as nifty gadgets, beautiful scenery, giddy action, and a great song (by the band Garbage) go, this is a fairly effective, entertaining entry in the long-running series. Many Bond fans actually rank THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH among the worst of the Bond movies, mainly due to the ridiculous plot, though it's really not much more ridiculous than half the rest of the series, and also due to Denise Richards' improbable portrayal of a scientist in shorts and a tank top. (She seems to have been just barely able to memorize her expository lines.) However, she's not nearly as passive as other Bond girls have been.

In truth, the movie has some breezy energy, as opposed to the lethargy of the 1980s entries, and it has the charismatic Pierce Brosnan at the top of his game, as opposed to some of the other Bonds who never seemed quite right or were allowed to play the role a bit too long. The veteran English filmmaker Michael Apted directs.

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