My Spy

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My Spy plugs Dave Bautista into the "charismatic action star meets cute kid" formula, with generally painless albeit decidedly mediocre results.

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MY SPY follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ's cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance JJ finds he is no match for Sophie's disarming charm and wit.

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  • May 12, 2020
    This was a movie that intrigued me because of the number of release delays and because, by the trailers, it just looked like it was going to be fairly bad. It's not actually bad but simply mediocre family fare (with an extra dose of Cardi B. swearing in song repeatedly). It's Dave Bautista trying on the Kindergarten Cop formula, and the plot is pretty much what you would expect, with Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) having to watch a family and befriending the little daughter in danger, schooling her in the ways of spycraft before having to be rescued during the big finale. As far as children's films go, it's pretty standard and inoffensive stuff. It coasts on Bautista and the little girl (Chloe Coleman) having a fun chemistry that rises above the obvious and under-developed comedy set pieces. However, there are flashes that point to what My Spy could have been, a more spry and satirical tweak of spy hijinks and action movie cliches. The little girl wants to learn how to be a spy action hero, so she asks about walking away with her back to an explosion and trying out other tropes. She even sizes up all the "tragic backstory" options for Bautista's character we expect. The finale even involves throwing a grenade into a burning oil truck just to achieve an explosion worthy of walking away from. These little moments are enough to convince me there was a superior draft of this script before it was dulled and softened in the rewrite process for mass consumption. It's not going to be a great film experience but as formulas go, Bautista plus precocious kid is winning enough to satisfy for 90 minutes. Nate's Grade: C
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  • May 12, 2020
    When it comes to films about an action star who has to look after a young child/family to prove himself, pretty much everything in the book has already been done. From The Pacifier to the Tooth Fairy, movies like this seem to come along when a new action star is on the rise. With Dave Bautista being in recent hits like Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre, and his limited screentime in Blade Runner 2049, it was only a matter of time before he was given a role like this one. My Spy is absolutely everything you think it might be and nothing more. This movie takes zero risks in surprising its audience and for that reason alone, I just can't recommend it. Here's why this movie really isn't worth your time, but also why it may please a specific demographic.  After royally screwing up a job and destroying any possible intel he could've garnered, JJ (Dave Bautista) is placed on surveillance of a mother and daughter. Having to watch over them while also becoming very involved with both the daughter and the mother, things get a little sticky for him. With that set-up, you can pretty much guess every single one of the ups and downs that a movie like this would have and It doesn't miss a mark on that front. Movies like this have the potential to break the formulaic curse, but this one just didn't have any original bones in it. I'll be honest and say that Dave Bautista isn't one of the world's greatest actors out there, but I will say that when he's given the right role or in the right direction, he can shine brightly. This movie felt like a mixture of the two, however, because it seemed like he was using his witty personality from Guardians of the Galaxy, but also being very laid back and subdued like he was in Blade Runner 2049. This made for a very lukewarm performance for me as he really didn't find a happy medium. Still, I've grown to like him as a performer over the last couple of years and his chemistry with young Chloe Coleman definitely saved the film for me.  Much like my issues with how his character is, I feel that this movie was unsure of what it wanted to be. My biggest takeaway from this film was the fact that it clearly isn't meant for young children because there is some violence, but it's so tame that older kids may find it to be slightly childish. That's a hard line to walk with a movie like this and JJ's contrast from his day job to his time with Sophie felt like two completely different films throughout the first half of the movie. It felt more natural towards the end, but it was a little too late for me to be truly invested.  In the end, this movie strives to please adults, action junkies, and children all at once and it never really hits that mark as a whole, nor does it feel like one coherent piece of filmmaking. With that said, Bautista and Coleman are great together and I've liked movies with this formula in the past, so it was at least watchable for me. The problem is that the entire film from start to finish feels like a copy and paste of many, many other movies. It's hard to recommend a movie that does that unless it presents something new worth seeing and I just don't think My Spy had that to offer. It may please kids around the age of ten, but I can't see this movie impressing much more than that.
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