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When her majesty's crown jewels are stolen by a conniving Frenchman, who also plans to steal the queen's throne, Johnny English, a bit unseasoned but intensely enthusiastic, is thrown onto the case. Fast cars, high tech gadgets, top secret info - Johnny can hardly believe it. He may be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched.
PROFANITY: 3 A-words and just a few milder ones. SEX/NUDITY: A man's butt is shown and there is mild talk of making love. VIOLENCE: It's typical James Bond style violence only milder. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: It's similar to the action in a 007 film but there's less of it. COMEDY: It's not hilarious, but it does produce lots of chuckles.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Below Average "Johnny English isn't just forgettable; it's a
waste of time. As far as uniqueness goes, there's little that this movie
attempts that hasn't been explored in films... Johnny English is a tamer Austin
Powers crossed with "Get Smart," with very little in the way of
Review Below Average "If Austin Powers is the funniest of the
Bondian parodies, Johnny English is the least necessary, a mild-mannered
ramble down familiar paths. Johnny English plays like a tired exercise, a
spy spoof with no burning desire to be that, or anything else. The thing you
have to credit Mike Myers for is that he loves to play Austin Powers and is
willing to try anything for a laugh. Atkinson seems to have had Johnny English
imposed upon him. And thus upon us.''
Review Above Average "The jokes often are corny or labored, and the story
is predictable. However, Atkinson raises the movie to the level of good fun by
the force of his outrageous persona and skill at physical comedy. His
eye-rolling, smirking and pompous posturing will remind audiences of his silly,
childlike and anarchic character Mr. Bean, but Johnny English is actually a good
deal brighter. And, unlike Bean, he speaks.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "Witless parodies of James Bond-style spy thrillers
don't come much more pointless than this dopey vehicle for Rowan Atkinson in MR.
BEAN mode. Director Peter Hewitt keeps the film moving briskly, but the measure
of whether or not it will seem the longest 88 minutes of your life is how much
you look forward to the thought of Atkinson arching his eyebrows, affecting
funny voices, rolling his pop-eyes, capering foolishly in the shower and
pompously insisting that he meant to do that.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I underestimated how much moviegoers would enjoy Johnny English. These are some outstanding opinions for this silly little comedy. There are quite a few more high opinions and somewhat fewer low opinions than I predicted. I guess moviegoers have seen enough of Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), to know what type of humor they were going to see.
If this looks like the type of movie you would enjoy then DEFINITELY GO SEE JOHNNY ENGLISH! You're in for some goofy, silly fun.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) OK, if you go to see this silly 007 spoof, know that you are going to see LOTS of silliness. It just amazes me when I read the comments people make after seeing these types of movies. Many will invariably comment that it's too silly.
If you enjoy Rowan Atkinson's (Mr. Bean) style of humor, and you enjoy the Pink Panther movies with the bumbling idiot policeman who manages to solve crimes in spite of himself, then I feel confident you will enjoy Johnny English. Notice I said "enjoy" not love. I strongly doubt this movie will receive many real high opinions and it will likely in fact receive quite a few low opinions by those who don't know what to expect. However, I feel most moviegoers interested in this movie will find Johnny English to be quite entertaining and fun.
When her majesty's crown jewels are stolen by a conniving Frenchman (John
Malkovich), who also plans to steal the queen's throne, Johnny English (Rowan
Atkinson), a bit unseasoned but intensely enthusiastic, is thrown onto the case.
Fast cars, high tech gadgets, top secret info - Johnny can hardly believe it. He
may be in over his head, but his courage and dedication are unmatched -
especially after he meets double agent Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) and
discovers that falling in love makes saving the nation even more exciting.
In an uncertain world, few things are as dependable as the British Secret
Service. World renowned for the calibre of their agents, the cutting-edge
technology utilized in their weaponry and the international
intelligence-gathering web cast by their cadre of covert communications
operatives, they are one of the last bastions of honor manned with committed
defenders of "the truth."
So when an unthinkable plan to filch the country's beloved Crown Jewels
comes to the Service's attention, the best man for the job, the crème de la
crème of the organization's supersleuths, Agent Number One, is quickly
assigned to the case.
…And is almost as quickly dispatched to six feet under.
Unfortunately for the B.S.S., virtually every other able member of its
esteemed ranks soon joins Agent Number One in the afterworld….nasty business,
bombing a funeral.
Who could be behind such a diabolical plot? Perhaps the same twisted mind
bent on stealing the Crown Jewels?
Now, there is only one man remaining who can even hope to protect his
country, avenge the elimination of all of the Secret Service's spies and
uncover the fiend behind the fiendish plot to make off with the lasting symbols
of the once supreme British empire, the Crown Jewels.
Enter Johnny English. He knows no fear. He knows no danger. He knows