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I Spy (2002)



Critic Consensus: Insipid and mirthless, I-Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for action violence, some sexual content and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2003
Box Office: $33.1M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Eddie Murphy
as Kelly Robinson
Owen Wilson
as Alex Scott
Gary Cole
as Carlos
Tate Taylor
as Lt. Percy
Bill Mondy
as McIntyre
Larry Merchant
as Vegas Commentator
Keith Dallas
as Lunchbox
Sugar Ray Leonard
as Vegas Commentator
Joe Cortez
as Vegas Referee
Jimmy Lennon Jr.
as Vegas Ring Announcer
Gordon Racette
as Europe Referee
Steve Albert
as Vegas Announcer
Bobby Cyze
as Vegas Announcer
Darren Shahlavi
as Cedric Mills
Dana Lee
as Zhu Tam
Edmond Wong
as Zhu Tam's Pilot
Gus Lynch
as General Elmo Tucker
Malik McCall
as Kelly's Pilot
Ray Galletti
as BNS Man
Kendall Saunders
as Beautiful Girl
Crystal Lowe
as Beautiful Girl
Peter Vida
as Vespa Guy
J.B. Bivens
as BNS Equipment Techni...
Steve Lesko
as Massage Patron
John Scott
as Spa Patron
Norman Edge
as Spa Patron
Peter Linka
as Master of Ceremonies
Mihaly Tabanyi
as Hungarian Violinist
Csaba Szocs
as Hungarian Cop
Yaroslav Poverlo
as Hungarian Cop
Eric Bryson
as Member of Gundar's P...
Glenn Ennis
as Member of Gundar's P...
George Josef
as Member of Gundar's P...
Roger Lewis
as Member of Gundar's P...
Tony Morelli
as Member of Gundar's P...
Layton Morrison
as Member of Gundar's P...
Mike Roselli
as Member of Gundar's P...
Kevin Rushton
as Member of Gundar's P...
Simone Bailly
as Vegas Showgirl
Kylea Beil
as Vegas Showgirl
Ocean Bloom
as Vegas Showgirl
Jade Boragno
as Vegas Showgirl
Kristene Kenward
as Vegas Showgirl
Deborah Macatumpag
as Vegas Showgirl
Colette Perry
as Vegas Showgirl
Angela Uyeda
as Vegas Showgirl
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Critic Reviews for I Spy

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (37)

Though ample time is spent mingling Murphy's jabberjaw locutions and Wilson's curveball spaciness, the film leaves only the bitter reek of a botched chemistry experiment.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

I really resent a movie like this that just looks like it's made by a committee when you have two such huge talents wasted like this.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

TV classic remade as a forgettable buddy movie.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Serves up the expected gags and set pieces in service of a thoroughly been-there, done-that plot line.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009

A ótima química entre Eddie Murphy e Owen Wilson rende bons momentos.

December 4, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Murphy and Wilson seem to be having a contest to see who can be more obnoxious and, sadly, it's too close to call.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for I Spy


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Not a very funny movie. The story really is weak and barely good action comes our way. I saw this film pretty much for Owen Wilson since i'm not a Eddie Murphy movie fan per se. Watch at own risk!

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World Class Boxing Champion Kelly Robinson, on a dangerous top secret espionage mission. Their assignment: using equal parts skill and humor, catch Arnold Gundars, one of the world's most successful illegal arms dealers, and foil his treacherous plans for the plane.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

More another worthless picture by Betty Thomas and Eddie Murphy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

High School theater viewing, didn't like it at the time. Thought one scene was funny but was disinterested throughout. Watched it again recently and my opinion hasn't changed. Eddie Murphy is Chris Tucker in Rush Hour or Eddie Murphy in anything he has ever done.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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