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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.

Director:

Betty Thomas

Writers:

Morton S. Fine (characters) (as Morton Fine), David Friedkin (characters) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Kelly
Owen Wilson ... Alex
Famke Janssen ... Rachel
Malcolm McDowell ... Gundars
Gary Cole ... Carlos
Phill Lewis ... Jerry
Viv Leacock ... T.J.
Keith Dallas Keith Dallas ... Lunchbox
Tate Taylor ... Lieutenant Percy
Lynda Boyd ... Edna
Bill Mondy ... McIntyre
Larry Merchant Larry Merchant ... Vegas Commentator
Sugar Ray Leonard ... Vegas Commentator
Jimmy Lennon Jr. Jimmy Lennon Jr. ... Vegas Ring Announcer
Joe Cortez ... Vegas Referee
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I-Spy See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$33,561,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,279,822
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Jenno Topping credited Director Betty Thomas's instincts with the movie's star pairing of Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson. Topping said: "From the moment they first interacted, I knew she was right. Owen almost immediately won Eddie's respect, which is not an easy thing to do.'' See more »

Goofs

A nuclear warhead would not float and so could not be used as a flotation device. It's obvious that the "nuclear" device is just an empty plastic barrel with Russian wording on the side. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Scott: [to Kelly] It's like you're a double-agent! It's like you're working *against* me!
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Alternate Versions

The UK release has 1 second cut from the film (shot of a knife entering someone's leg and then being removed) to avoid a '15' rating. See more »

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Cash, Money, Cars, Clothes
Written by David Davinch Chance (as David Chance), Dante Chi Jordan (as Dante Jordan) and Memphis Bleek (as Malik Cox)
Performed by Ruff Endz featuring Memphis Bleek
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Decent Laugh
10 January 2003 | by tributarystuSee 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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