Conventional concept, conventional film: Peter Segal’s action comedy My Spy plays once again with opposites and a team against their will. Even the lead duo, who are in a good mood, don’t really get much out of it. We reveal more about this in our review.
JJ comes to Sophie’s school. It’s Parents’ Day.
The plot summary
After a completely unsuccessful undercover mission, CIA agent JJ (Dave Bautista) is given one last chance by his boss (Ken Jeong): Together with the cranky Bobbi (Kristen Schaal), the gigantic JJ is supposed to get the apartment of a young widow (Parisa) in Chicago Fitz-Henley) – probably the most boring job in the world. If it weren’t for their clever nine-year-old daughter Sophie (Chloe Coleman), who quickly finds out about the clumsy muscle pack and exposes him as a spy. But instead of letting him be exposed, she offers a deal: her silence against his espionage know-how! JJ reluctantly accepts the deal and soon realizes that he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm – and that he can still learn a lot from the cheeky brat…
My Spy Movie meaning of ending
There are the filmmakers who put blood, sweat and tears into realizing their own cinematic visions. And there are the craftsmen who accept studio orders and stage third-party projects on instructions. This does not automatically mean that the latter would automatically result in a less ambitious end product. But you can usually tell in Peter Segal’s films that it wasn’t a passionate visionary at work, but rather a contract worker who, after umpteen more than average comedies like “Manhattan Queen” , “Two of the Old Style” and “Get Smart”, is now the one next delivers more than average comedy. However, the fumbling around with well-known set pieces of the genre isn’t all that annoying here at times, as “My Spy” never has the potential to be better than that. So you don’t just have to tweak small adjustments to get the overall impression to pull up. Instead, everything from the script to the actors to the action performances would have to be replaced in order to raise the film above average. Because everything here is so hackneyed that you can already tell the dramaturgical course of the film from the poster. And without the passion mentioned at the beginning, the only one who struggles to do more here is charmer Dave Bautista (“Stuber – 5 stars Undercover”) , who clearly enjoys the interaction with his little co-actress.
Sophie (Chloe Coleman) befriends agent JJ (Dave Bautista).
At least the beginning of “My Spy” is amusing, simply because Peter Segal stages the start of his almost 100-minute-long comedy like a straight-up action thriller. The main character JJ has to deal with brutal gangsters during an assignment. And a short time later there are shootings, chases and explosions. The film never gets particularly brutal, but by staging such scenes in the style of a standard glossy actioner, he immediately puts obstacles in the way of marketing his work: “My Spy” is released in this country for ages 12 and up. And even though children aged six and over have been allowed to go to a film from the age of twelve when accompanied by a legal guardian for several years now, thanks to the so-called “Harry Potter regulation”, it is still very questionable who “The Spy of” is for next door” is actually made. For kids, the film is too much standard action fare, but for adults, the interpersonal teasing between JJ and little Sophie is all too reminiscent of the afternoon program on the Disney Channel. In the end, the question remains as to who has to persuade whom to go to the cinema: the adults, the little ones, or the little ones, the adults?
In its genre as an action comedy, “My Spy” is neither fish nor meat. This is not least due to the unimaginative script by the author duo Erich and Jon Hoeber. The two of them have written scripts that are low in surprises and tension, such as those for “Meg” or “Battleship”; a pattern that repeats itself in “My Spy”. The audience sees JJ in action, the tough giant is assigned to an eavesdropping operation and meets the tough Sophie, who forms tender bonds with JJ against his will. It goes without saying that at some point he will discover his family-friendly streak. We recently wrote the following in our review of the family comedy “Chaos at the Fire Station” : “Because rough-legged adults suddenly, against their will, take on the role of father or mother “They are pushed, only to realize in the end that this is exactly the role they have always wanted in their hearts, as has long been seen in films like “Three Men and a Baby”, “Old Dogs” or “Kokowääh”. . Now in “My Spy” it is a spy who goes through exactly this development. The fact that the film is being shown in Germany two weeks after the last film of this pattern unfortunately only underlines the fact how hackneyed this motif has long been.
Lead actor Dave Bautista fights almost single-handedly against the predictable story. The chemistry between the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor and newcomer Chloe Coleman (“Puppy Star Christmas”) is good, even though Bautista seems much more in his element as a grumpy loner than the replacement dad who later purged of (family) life. Bautista can only shine to a limited extent in the action moments, although this is less due to a highly motivated actor than to the scenes themselves, which are staged quite interchangeably. With the exception of a few obvious references to well-known action classics – and “Notting Hill”. The film is literally full of cross-references to other films, which only remind you when you’re watching that “My Spy” can’t keep up with all of these contributions. After all, the explosions are handmade and Ken Jeong (“Community”) convincing as an eccentric and choleric police chief. But if a supporting character who appears in just a few scenes is the best thing about the film, then that’s something to think about in terms of the overall quality. It’s a shame for the talented young actress, who now has to hope that she’ll have a little more luck when choosing her role next time.
Conclusion: Peter Segal once again proves himself to be a commissioned director without too much passion. With the exception of two or three successful interpersonal moments, his action buddy comedy “My Spy” only offers bored, cranked-down genre stuff off the assembly line. Even charmer Dave Bautista doesn’t change that.
“My Spy” can be seen in USA cinemas from March 12th.