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I Spy (2002)

A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.

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When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,752,803 (USA) (1 November 2002)

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$33,105,600 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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Director Betty Thomas worked closely with stunt coordinator Brent Woolsey to keep the action exciting and, at the same time, appropriate to a comedy. Thomas said: "Brent would stage the action and then the principal actors would have input and I'd suggest changes until the sequence built to the right level." Ideas came from everywhere, Thomas continued, including her first assistant director Richard Graves, who initially came up with the car carrier concept. Thomas also co-ordinated with second unit director Billy Burton [William H. Burton Jr.]. She added: "At first I tried to be on the set with him after I'd finished shooting my day. But very soon you let that go and connect at dailies." See more »

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After Alex puts the pilot in Kelly's plane to sleep, he descends the plane to persuade Kelly to go to the party at 8pm, however, a steep descent as shown in the film is not only impossible, as they went from apparently 36,000ft to around 1, 000ft as shown on the altimeter a few seconds later, but would also make the plane exceed its structural load limit and disintegrate. In addition, it would make everything inside the plane weightless due to the negative G-forces. See more »

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Vegas Ring Announcer: Introducing the undisputed champion of the world: Kelly Robinson.
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Written by Noreaga (as Victor Santiago), Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams) and Capone (as Kiam Holley)
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Slight and nothing new, but enjoyable nonetheless
20 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a top secret camouflaged plane is stolen and hidden, secret agency BNS needs to get an agent into Hungary to uncover and prevent the sale of the weapon. Agent Alex Scott is selected to go undercover with civilian boxer Kelly Robinson and use his upcoming fight to gain access. However Kelly is less co-operative than first hoped and the mission risks being compromised. Can they stay out of trouble long enough to stop the sale?

Take a little bit of Shanghai Noon, a little bit of Rush Hour, remove the oriental spice from the stew et viola! – you've got I Spy! By mixing the essence of Jackie Chan's sidekicks from both these films and putting the resultant stew into a comedy spy movie you have this enjoyable if unspectacular film. Wilson does his usual stuff but is still effortlessly funny, Murphy does his best Chris Tucker impression and does a good job playing a little dumb and is funny as well.

The plot sees them doing, well, it doesn't really matter what they're doing, just that Wilson is Wilson and Murphy is playing up to good effect! The plot just about provides enough material to keep the film going, but the odd moment where the comedy banter quietens down, the weaknesses of the plot are immediately laid bare. This is not to say it isn't good enough for this type of film, but just that at times it is all very slight and a bit thin. The comedy is more based on banter than anything else, so if you like the two aforementioned Chan movies then this should be enjoyable as the humour is of the same vein.

The support cast are all pretty average. Janssen does an OK job looking pretty but Malcolm McDowell just shows his face to no great effect. The funniest cameo is Gary Cole who plays an Irish spy playing a Cuban – he is just so unexpected in his actions that I had to be amused (of course he is helped by Wilson'' reactions to his character).

Overall this was kinda overlooked at the UK box office and I think it was because it was very slight and flimsy. However for gentle laughs based on good banter rather than set up jokes, this is a surprisingly fun comedy despite not sticking in your mind for longer than 15 minutes after you watch it.


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