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I Spy (2002)

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, more...
Director: Betty Thomas, Betty Thomas
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, SNL Alums, Espionage
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Yet another classic television series from the 1960s gets a big-screen update in this action-comedy inspired by the Bill Cosby/Robert Culp vehicle I Spy. Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) is a federal intelligence agent who has been assigned to find a particularly expensive and valuable weapon which has gone missing: a special stealth fighter jet which can not only hide from radar, but also turn invisible to the human eye. Scott learns a rogue agent has sold the jet to Gundars (Malcolm McDowell), a powerful and unscrupulous underground arms dealer. After blowing his opportunity to catch Gundars in the act, Scott formulates a Plan B -- it seems Gundars is a rabid boxing fan, so in order to get inside his organization, Scott recruits Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy), a longtime middleweight champion whose ego nearly exceeds his talent in the ring. Robinson is excited by the prospect of a life of espionage, but Scott and Robinson's personalities are like oil and water, and matters are hardly helped by the efforts of less-than-helpful fellow agents Rachel (Famke Janssen) and Carlos (Gary Cole). This adaptation of I Spy was directed by a woman who starred in a memorable television series herself, former Hill Street Blues regular Betty Thomas, who has gone on to a successful career behind the camera. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Is Hollywood out of fresh ideas...?! by Emomovieluver March 25, 2003 - 9:27 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I Spy with my little eye... a movie that's all about it's actors. There's totally nothing new with "I Spy" but thanks to Eddie Murphy's wise-cracking, arrogant, show-boating character and Owen Wilson's type-cast shy, second fiddle character, the movie works as an entertaining little diddy. Directing-wise, nothing spectacular. Story-wise, there are more than a few plot holes and inconsistencies. For fans of the classic 70's t.v. show starring Bill Cosby and Rob Culp, any relation ends with the title and ethnicity of it's two lead actors. In fact, the re-vamping of a television show into a movie which actually has little to do with the original t.v. show other than it's title seems to be standard operating proceedure these days. If anything at all, it's all Eddie that makes this movie worth renting!

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