Parents' Guide to

True Lies

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Silly reboot of classic blockbuster has violence, drinking.

TV Action 2023
True Lies TV show poster: Harry and Helen tied up on chair back to back dressed in black.

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The lighthearted and silly series attempts to pick up where the original movie left off by offering a version of what life is like for the Taskers after Harry and Helen begin working together as spies. The problem is that it's also trying to shrink and sanitize a big-budget 1990s blockbuster movie into a segmented narrative intended for contemporary and family-friendly network television. True Lies does its best to deliver a satisfying combination of espionage aventures and domestic comedy, but lacks the seductive, edgy humor and over-the-top maneuvers that made it easy for viewers to suspend their beliefs and be entertained by the original film's absurd story world. Meanwhile, the lack of good writing makes for some corny dialogue which, combined with some obvious spy tropes and low-budget action sequences, just makes it seem like it's trying too hard. Overall, True Lies may hold some appeal for a younger generation of viewers unfamiliar with the '90s classic, but will be a woeful viewing experience for those who are.

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