It’s good for an actor to flex their acting chops every once in a while and, if you have muscles, it almost seems essential that you take a break from action and do a film with a kid, or many, think Schwarzenegger and Kindergarten Cop.
Dave Bautista (“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2”, “Avengers: Endgame”) is the next one to take the plunge and as he stars as JJ in My Spy, a movie that has little originality but is a lot of fun, a lot of silly fun.
JJ is a former army Ranger not trying his hand in the CIA. However, he’s a touch heavy handed, rather then extracting information, he tends to just blow people to bits and worry about it later.
His boss David, Ken Jeong (“Avengers: Endgame”, “Crazy Rich Asians”), isn’t happy with how his latest mission went down so sends him to Chicago on a surveillance mission with a new partner Bobbi, Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers (TV)”, “Captain Underpants”).
Bobbi is a techie, and a huge fan of JJ, but outside of the technology stuff, she is pretty inept, whereas JJ is the opposite. They are watching Kate, Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Luke Cage (TV)”, “Jessica Jones (TV)”), and her nine-year old daughter Sophie, Chole Coleman (“Big Little Lies (TV)”, “Transparent (TV)”).
When Sophie manages to get into the apartment JJ and Bobbi are using to spy on her and her mother, she films everything they’re doing and begins threatening to release the video if JJ doesn’t help her.
As Kate works as a nurse, she isn’t around that much and the pair are fresh from Paris so Sophie doesn’t have much friends. She uses JJ as a surrogate father figure, whilst trying to match him and her mum, whilst JJ has to open up in order to improve as a spy.
Or something like that anyway, it’s not really important. The story burbles along reasonably nicely, poking fun at the cast, other films and the whole ridiculousness of the situation.
Bautista is as fun as we know he can be. Both Schaal and young Coleman are perfect comedic partners to him, although he has plenty of laughs himself, particularly when he tries to dance.
Your kids will love it, and it’s one of those movies that adults can sit through as well and not feel to hard done by. Silly, but fun.
13th March 2020
THE QUICK SELL
A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.