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At Theaters: 11/1/2002 On Video: 3/11/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 42 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409991
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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An unlikely pair must track down the Air Force's missing stealth bomber, the country's new top secret weapon. The fate of the free world is in their hands. Now if they can only stop fighting with one another long enough to track down the real enemy.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy Action - A comedy that lets Eddie Murphy do what he does best, be funny. The character Eddie Murphy plays is a perfect fit for his style of humor.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Eddie Murphy THE ADVENTURES OF
PLUTO NASH, SHOWTIME
Owen Wilson BEHIND ENEMY LINES, ZOOLANDER, SHANGHAI NOON
Famke Janssen DON'T SAY A WORD, X-MEN, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL
Malcolm McDowell MR MAGOO
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 39 A-words, 37 S-words, 1 GD. Several others.
SEX/NUDITY: No sex or nudity, but there are some sexual references.
VIOLENCE: Just some mild threats of violence played for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: A few scenes of mild action. Nothing special.
COMEDY: LOTS of comedy if you like Eddie Murphy's style of humor.
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Below Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "However, after establishing that the movie is sporadically effective as a comedy, the other half of the "action/comedy" agenda has to be addressed, and that's where this picture falls on its face. Not only are the action scenes in this movie dull and uninspired, they're ineptly handled and badly filmed.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The movie comes to life when Murphy and Wilson are trading one-liners, and then puts itself on hold for spy and action sequences of stunning banality. Don't moviemakers know that action scenes without context have got to be really, really good, or our eyes glaze over? We've seen it all.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Below Average "I cry for I Spy— or I would if this latest and laziest imaginable of all vintage-TV spinoffs were capable of engendering an emotional response of any kind. Comas are physical, not emotional.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "The real problem with the new film, however, is a certain lack of chemistry between the leads; Wilson is game, as always, but his part is seriously underwritten, and while Murphy raises trash talking to the level of a fine art, he seems to be operating in another movie altogether. And why was a hyphen added to the hyphen-less title of the TV show?''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 147 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
4
Low
75%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
49
Fairly High
92%
30+Adults (F)
46
Fairly High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I wasn't expecting real high opinions, but I thought they would be higher than this. One interesting thing is that a very high percentage of moviegoers indicated that they would recommend this movie. Combine that with these mediocre reviews and it tells me that most people found it to be mostly enjoyable, but certainly not great.

I would still recommend "I Spy" to Eddie Murphy fans. However, you may want to save a few dollars by seeing a matinee. It may improve your odds of feeling you've gotten your money's worth.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I Spy certainly isn't likely to win any rave reviews from critics, but it's great fun and very entertaining! Eddie Murphy gets to do his unique style of humor and it's very funny. His interactions with Owen Wilson are great. I believe most average moviegoers who go to be entertained will not be disappointed. I highly recommend I Spy.


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Fists fly and the fighting gets down and dirty when undefeated middle-weight champion Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy) finally meets his match, Bureau of National Security super-agent Alex Scott (Owen Wilson). It's hate at first sight when Scott is unwittingly paired up with Robinson to track down the Air Force's missing stealth bomber, the country's new top secret weapon. The fate of the free world is in their hands. Now if they can only stop fighting with one another long enough to track down the real enemy.
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