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Awesome: 5.56%
Worth A Look: 9.26%
Just Average: 7.41%
Pretty Crappy59.26%
Sucks: 18.52%

4 reviews, 30 user ratings

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I Spy
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by Natasha Theobald

"Was this comedy built from the bits out?"
2 stars

It seemed kinda brilliant. Take the brash humor of Eddie Murphy and pair him with the low-key, witty sensibility of an Owen Wilson. The contrast will make for magic, right? Throw in some action, a hot woman - pure gold, no? No. Not quite.

Owen Wilson stars as a spy who has yet to get his due. He wants to be top of the heap, but, more often than not, he finds himself at the bottom, covered in something stinky and fighting bullets to get out. He is anxious for a new assignment as it will pair him with a woman he likes, played by Famke Jannsen. Unfortunately, the job he gets includes cozying up to a flamboyant boxer he just happens to hate, played by Eddie Murphy. The boxer, it seems, is the only one who can get the spies close enough to the bad guy, by taking them as guest and driver to a party, to see what he is doing in his evil, high-ceiling den. Wouldn't you know, though, the boxer becomes handy in other ways and winds up pairing up with Wilson to meet the demands of the greater mission.

This is a comedy, so I am willing to forgive most of the problems which arise in the storyline. Let's just say that almost nothing about the set-up or the pay-off of the premise proves to be very funny. Nary a chuckle-worthy moment in sight, I'm afraid. The jokes that do work, then, are incidental, an off-the-cuff remark here or silly face there, what have you. The two leads are funny guys, but the unfunny movie sinks their charm into the sewer, the site of probably five good minutes of screen time filled with banter - dialogue meant to bring the characters closer together as men, comrades, friends. Whatever. Stinky sewer water humor is also not funny.

So, maybe the movie works as an action flick with some comedy thrown in. I'd have to say that isn't really the case. There is action, but the car chases and near-crashing of planes just feel gimmicky, like a plastic toy from McDonald's. Things blow up. Yawn. People chase each other for far too long. Call me when it's over.

Then, you have the flirtation between Owen Wilson and Famke Jannsen, which is never allowed off the ground. They seem playful together, but the scene where something might finally happen seems oddly staged. The mid-seduction cut-off seems fabricated, expected, and it zaps the scene of its fun and energy. It also is cut together awkwardly - blanket on, blanket off - too goofy.

On the positive side, the sets are good, and the picture is crisp and colorful. Because I love Owen Wilson, I cannot give this movie just one star, though it wouldn't deserve two without him. Let's just hope that lessons were learned and that the worthy careers will lose this from their resumes.

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User Comments

5/19/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Doesn't really have much to do wtih the TV. show, but it's still kinda decent. 3 stars
8/12/09 Jeff Wilder Better than Pluto Nash. But still lame. Go to Budapest instead and see it yourself. 2 stars
9/07/05 matt it had its moments 3 stars
9/04/05 tony stupid with some funny parts 2 stars
6/15/05 mysterio it was really funny, eddie murphy as funny as ever, no problem here 4 stars
2/25/05 swamprat Yeah- worth a look- don't think abouit the plot just watch Eddie! 4 stars
6/05/04 Michael tucker Eddie Murphy made the movie good, he still got it. EDDIE!! EDDIE!! EDDIE!! 5 stars
6/05/04 Geron Smith Eddie Murphy is a g n funny. i dont know why these other dumasses like cat smith or gecko 5 stars
3/25/04 Alfred Guy Borders on total crap. And I watch almost anything. 2 stars
3/24/04 Shelley Shea Eddie Murphy still makes me laugh. 4 stars
3/24/04 Erica Thornton A mildly funny piece of fluff. 3 stars
3/23/04 Cat Smith While I love Owen Wilson, I could have happily killed Eddie Murphy. This film is Crappy. 1 stars
3/23/04 Leslie Lato A comedy... without laughs. 2 stars
3/08/04 Jaco Visser Have ssen better, but what else to expect from Chan? 2 stars
6/02/03 Virgil Both actors are usually funny, but they were floundering in this movie. Sucked! 1 stars
4/18/03 Gecko Fanfoot This movie could have been much better with Chris Tucker instead of Murphy. Oh well. 2 stars
3/04/03 Andrew Carden Horrid Adaption Of Unfunny 60's Crime Show. 1 stars
2/04/03 Robyn Jamil-Walid Exasperating overkill of the feuding partners theme. 2 stars
2/02/03 Turtle Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson are great together. Another great buddy comedy/action flick. 4 stars
1/12/03 343 3r3 5 stars
1/09/03 Paul Coleman Worst movie of the year. The filmmakers should be ashamed! 1 stars
12/07/02 Michael Flynn 1/2*: Let's see...cliches, plot holes, cliches, plot holes...the misery never ends here. 1 stars
11/23/02 Joe Zappa "The Tuxedo," "The Transporter," "I Spy." Same movie, different name. 2 stars
11/10/02 Mipchunk I thought this was about the transexual in Eddie's van, what a letdown. 1 stars
11/05/02 Kyle Kryger Had some slow points, but overall is was the best new release I've seen in 6 months 4 stars
11/01/02 Uncle Salty Shovel this one on top of the other 512 buddy-film shit remakes we've seen. Murphy is OVER. 1 stars
11/01/02 Jake No more Eddie Murphy! He sucks. 1 stars
11/01/02 Darren Shea Passable entertaiment - the leads have good chemistry, but the so-so script drags in spots. 3 stars
11/01/02 monkeysvsrobots.com they are making a hawaii five o movie. i'll probably see that. didn't bother w/ this... 1 stars
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