I Spy (2002)

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

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for action violence, some sexual content and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Kelly Robinson
Owen Wilson
as Alex Scott
Famke Janssen
as Rachel
Gary Cole
as Carlos
Phill Lewis
as Jerry
Tate Taylor
as Lt. Percy
Lynda Boyd
as Edna
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
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 Technician
Steve Lesko
as Massage Patron
Zinaid Memisevic
as Tent Chef
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 Posse
Glenn Ennis
as Member of Gundar's Posse
George Josef
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Roger Lewis
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Tony Morelli
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Layton Morrison
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Mike Roselli
as Member of Gundar's Posse
Kevin Rushton
as Member of Gundar's Posse
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 (131) | Top Critics (35)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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November 10, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

November 5, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 2, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Unexceptional espionage comedy.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Spy

½

Get another field of view 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
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
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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