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Barely Lethal (2015)

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A teenage special ops agent coveting a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Analyst Knight
Eva G. Cooper ...
Heather (8) (as Eva Cooper)
Andre Pushkin ...
Man on Subway
Victoria Knox
Henchman Jones
Mrs. Larson
Parker Larson


Megan Walsh has been training to be an international assassin for Hardman. However, while she is on a mission, she notices how other teenagers her age seem to be having fun and enjoying their lives. Desiring a normal life, she bails out of a mission and enrolls in a student exchange program, while in the process of being adopted by a foster family. She soon becomes a part of the high school and is subjected to the pressures and life of being in its environment. Written by TrailerMusicVibe

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2015 (USA)  »

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The name Victoria Knox is a play on Victorinox, the famed makers of Swiss Army knives. See more »


During the outdoor lunch scene when Roger is telling Megan to go to the party, Gooch can be seen hip thrusting in the background. Through several quick camera changes, his leg changes from on, to off the bench, and then back to on. See more »


Liz Larson: Stabbing people is fun. Are there going to be more people for me to stab?
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References Mean Girls (2004) See more »


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Written by Monica Birkenes (ASCAP), Tim Anderson (ASCAP), Drew McFadden (ASCAP), Maize LaRue
Performed by Mr. Little Jeans
Published by Little Schaffer Songs (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Hot Mess Music (ASCAP), EMI Music Publishing, March 17th Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of 2014 Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
Under exclusive license to Harvest Records
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Barely Lethal Undermines Its Very Own Potential
30 April 2015 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

There must be a shortage of capable men, that's why women now seem to be the ones taking over in saving the world (if not doing something that only men usually do). Well, at least, that's how it looks in movies. We've seen Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior lead powerful rebellions against their respective ironfisted governments, Clary Fray battle demons and supernaturals, and Jupiter Jones get crowned as the cosmic queen. I mean, from becoming mere sexual objects for playboy billionaires, they've gone as far as being the supreme leader of the universe, what else can these women do just so they could equate themselves with men? What about as an international assassin?

In Barely Lethal, 16 year-old Megan Walsh (not her real name) is a trained international assassin. This premise already engages interest and holds so much potential, but it fails to deliver a satisfying result. The problem begins when Megan leaves the academy where little girls are trained to become assassins. She fakes her death and enrolls herself in a suburban highschool, hoping everything is going to be normal. Only it turns out it isn't as easy as it seems. From here, the trajectory of the narrative disappoints immensely. It begins undermining the capacity of its lead character by dismissing the fact that she is a trained killer, exposing her vulnerabilities and teenage dramas, instead. This isn't a totally a insane idea, she's 16-year old, after all. But getting further dragged by bland one liners and intertwining subplots, makes it even worse. Eventually, in the wake of its competing concerns, it loses grip of its own direction and struggles to arrive to a decent endpoint. It also doesn't succeed tapping the utmost otential of its strong supports by not giving them enough material to work with. Jessica Alba and Samuel Jackson barely do something here, though there may be some little moments with their presence, that aren't really devoid of wit. Almost everything just falls flat, and the comic effort couldn't provide any aid, either, to redeem its sagging narrative.

By the time the movie is already fast approaching its finale, it isn't any more surprise if Megan never came close to any of those heroines mentioned earlier, and it really disappoints that she never really came to be someone interesting, either. Well, you may want to blame that to her unconvincing chemistry (not saying there's any) with both her love interests, and a boring villain whose presence may have only really felt during the last action sequence of the movie.

BARELY LETHAL wastes almost every promising attribute it has to live up to its overwhelming potential. In the end, it abandons what could be a unique take on the young espionage genre, and sets itself taking the leads of countless others it seems to emulate. The result is barely fulfilling.

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