My Spy Review
What’s It About?
A tough CIA agent is assigned to watch over a family, but soon discovers that he has met his match in a precocious 9-year-old girl.
Who’s In It?
Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049, & more recently Stuber)
Chloe Coleman (Transparent, Henry Danger, & more recently Big Little Lies)
Other notables include:
Kristen Schaal (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Boss, & more recently Toy Story 4)
Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community, & more recently Crazy Rich Asians)
Director: Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart, & more recently Second Act)
The muscle man and the precocious kid is a fairly generic plot devise that most action heroes fall into at some time. Think Arnie as Kindergarten Cop, Vin Diesel as The Pacifier, Dwayne Johnson in The Game Plan, and more recently John Cena in Playing With Fire. Unfortunately most of those films had mixed reviews, but it is still a pairing adored in Hollywood, so who better to sign up next than the physically and comically gifted Dave Bautista.
Admittedly, one usually approaches these films with a sense of trepidation, but pretty rapidly, My Spy bucks the trend. The film sees Bautista as CIA hardman JJ, who is given something of a dressing down after an operation goes pear shaped, so he is assigned a surveillance op with rookie field agent, tech wiz Bobbi, to watch over a nine-year-old girl and her mother, in the hope that her estranged evil uncle gets in touch.
Within days the operation is rumbled by precious youngster Sophie, and JJ is soon being blackmailed by the youngster to boost her profile at her new school. As things progress, needless to say the hardened operative begins to open up, and form real relationships with the family, until her evil uncle Marquez does show up.
Dave Bautista has shown his comedy chops on multiple occasions, most notably in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and this new vehicle enables him to develop his family-friendly talents. Starring opposite the talented youngster Chloe Coleman, the pair develop a good onscreen chemistry, while there is strong support from the likes of Kirsren Schaal, Devere Rogers and Parisa Fitz-Henley.
In A Nutshell:
Light-hearted family fun, which doesn’t break new ground, but its familiar beats are comforting nonetheless, and Bautista manages to bring this one home.
Dave Bautista manages the juggling act of action and comedy well
Youngster Chloe Coleman impresses
Safe but fairly unoriginal
Certificate: 12 / 12A