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Barely Lethal (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 30 April 2015 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Kyle Newman

Writer:

John D'Arco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime King ... Analyst Knight
Samuel L. Jackson ... Hardman
Madeleine Stack ... Megan (8)
Eva G. Cooper Eva G. Cooper ... Heather (8) (as Eva Cooper)
Hailee Steinfeld ... Megan Walsh
Sophie Turner ... Heather
Andre Pushkin Andre Pushkin ... Man on Subway
Jessica Alba ... Victoria Knox
Bruno Gunn ... Henchman Jones
Dove Cameron ... Liz Larson
Rachael Harris ... Mrs. Larson
Jason Drucker ... Parker Larson (as Jason Ian Drucker)
Alexandra Krosney ... Cindy
Emma Holzer ... Donna
Gabriel Basso ... Gooch
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Martial arts expert. Trained assassin. Special Ops Agent. Killing Machine... Megan Walsh isn't your normal teen. But now she has a new mission: high school. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The second PG-13 film to be distributed by A24. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Megan Walsh: [narrating] I never knew my parents. The only thing I ever knew was Prescott. It was a top-secret government-run school that turned little girls into killing machines.
Lab Tech: Not bad. Run it again.
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Connections

References The L Word (2004) See more »

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Rusty Snare
Performed by Toby Sebastian
Written by Toby Sebastian (PRS), Alex James Smith (PRS)
Published by BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP) / Iamsound Music LLC (ASCAP), Metrophonic Music Limited
All Rights Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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Greenlighted 'way too early...

Ideas that don't meet their potential are the bete noire of film reviews. In theory every movie that has ever been made could potentially have benefited from one more rewrite, one more tweak, before going before the cameras.

And then there is this film. Arguably the "poster child" for scripts that weren't quite ready for primetime. The irony is that the idea is rock-solid; and, even more ironic, something Hollywood (A-List Hollywood, not backlot Hollywood) had seemingly missed.

I am betting the logline for this was something like "Trained teen female killer ready for anything ... except High School," or something close.

Totally agree with earlier reviewers that every possible chance for getting a scene right was wrecked or ruined in favor of bad dialog and shaky acting.

Clichés abound. They actually leap off the screen and bang you on your head to make sure you get the "joke" (like the substitute mom whose every piece of advice sounds oddly like an apology for something she herself did when she was young ... or the father who tries so hard to talk his son that he sounds like an SNL skit).

Could have been a contender. Really.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$933,847
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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