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I Spy (2002)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,752,803, 3 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,105,600, 8 December 2002
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1.37 : 1
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Crucial to the character mix was the right villain, director Betty Thomas attested, one who was not too overt. She said: "Veteran actor Malcolm McDowell fit the role of arms dealer Arnold Gundars like a glove. He is menacing, but in a quiet, dignified way. Malcolm was totally believable as someone who could travel in international circles with ease but could also turn around and casually slit someone's throat." See more »


In the opening of the scene at the top of the bridge in Budapest, the water in the bottom-left corner of the screen has ripples that reflect the lights of the city. However, due to the fact that this is a soundstage backdrop, the ripples do not move. See more »


Carlos: You called, Edna? You are a vision as always. Ah, Hello, Alex.
Alexander Scott: Hi, Carlos. How was Cuba?
Carlos: Es... adequate.
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Written by N.O.R.E. (as Victor Santiago), Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams) and Capone (as Kiam Holley)
Performed by N.O.R.E. and Capone
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Decent Laugh
10 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I always liked Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy, so I thought, in case the movie is worth nothing, I'd still get to see some friendly faces. For better or worse, I can say it was about what I expected.

I put this movie in two categories, and I think I placed it right: it's a decent comedy, with parts attempting to live up to an action movie. At its heart though it tries to be comedic and funny, so that's upon what it should be judged. Thankfully, you will get the chance to laugh out loud, but unfortunately not as much as you'd like to laugh out loud at a comedy. I won't even mention rolling on the floor.

The story isn't something really new, but it has quite a few humorous plot twists. The so-called funny character is Kelly, who really inflicts a fair amount of pain on his adversaries, but he is just such a nicely drawn, egocentric guy, that it actually works on a comedic level. It's always just about him, and him and then some more.

The actors have their charm but I won't really dwell on this as they are as high profile as it gets, Hollywood style, so you know what you get. Perhaps Wilson could have spiced up his game with a bit of the unexpected, but all in all he does what he does best.

I did feel a bit let down by the special effects, with some flimsy looking explosions placed here and there. However, the host city of Budapest looked really gorgeous throughout, making it well worth it's money shots.

To draw the line, the film isn't great, but it's fine enough. No brilliant ideas, or anything like that, just the usual comic stuff.

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