Spymate (2004)

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In the wacky Canadian family comedy Spymate, a superspy named Mike Muggins (Chris Potter boasts a most unusual sidekick: a gun-toting chimp in a three-piece suit named Minkey, who operates as one of the country's best undercover agents. Mike and Minkey must team-up to foil the baddies when a sinister villain, Dr. Farley (Richard Kind) kidnaps Mike's twelve-year-old daughter Amelia (Emma Roberts), a scientific wunderkind. When Farley plans to use an expanded version of Amelia's invention -- a groundbreaking chemical drill -- to take over the world, only Mike and his furry companion can thwart Farley's fiendish plot.
Rating:
PG (for some mild action violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

Musetta Vander
as Dr. Amour
Richard Kind
as Dr. Farley
Emma Roberts
as Amelia
Benjamin B. Smith
as Little Boy
Chris Potter
as Mike Muggins
Taras Kostyuk
as Melmer
Troy Yorke
as Lightning
Peter Shinkoda
as Mountain Guard
Malcom Scott
as Ernest
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Critic Reviews for Spymate

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It's a half-baked movie that looks strangely dated (it was actually made in 2003), underfinanced and simplistic next to films with the same theme, like the Spy Kids series.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

So-so spy movie for kids featuring Emma Roberts.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

...a tedious and thoroughly puerile ordeal.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

Your tolerance for Spymate is going to be directly related to your tolerance for animal tricks.

Full Review… | April 30, 2006
7M Pictures

It's like having feces thrown at you - in movie form!

Full Review… | March 30, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

Another chimp film from the director of MVP: Most Valuable Primate, and an enterprise so inept that it harkens back to the bad-old-days of dentist-film-producers looking for tax writeoffs.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Spymate

A movie for the whole family to hate! This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I guess the plot is where it all starts to sound stupid. I would not recommend this to fans of even the many awful sequels to Air Bud.

Andruw Futcher
Andruw Futcher

It's that damned monkey. He's highly trained. Minkey is a super-spy chimpanzee that hides his identity by performing in the circus on the side. When his partner's daughter is kidnapped, he springs into action. He will go through copious training and research to get to the bottom of the case. Can Minkey save the kidnapped little girl? "Who will win, man or machine?" Robert Vince, director of Spookie Buddies, Snow Buddies, Space Buddies, Santa Buddies, Air Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws, Santa Paws 2, Treasure Buddies, and Air Bud: Seventh Inning Itch, delivers Spymate. The storyline for this picture actually kept my daughter's attention from beginning to end. The action sequences were creative and the monkey was awesome. The acting was as you'd expect for the genre and the cast includes Pat Morita, Emma Roberts, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Richard Kind, Barry Bostwick, and Jay Brazeau. "Will somebody get rid of that flying monkey?" My daughter is really into the "Buddies" movies so I decided to give the Spymate/monkey movies a shot to see if she'd like them...she likes them better. Overall, this is a below average movie, but it does the trick of entertaining a 4 year old. I'm not sure that a child much older than 6 or 7 could like this movie, but children under that age may find it worthwhile. I wouldn't purchase this movie, but I would watch it with your little ones as a safe family fun picture. "Drop the egg." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins
½

The plot is half-baked, there is an overuse of tired spy clichés, and it's, overall, embarrassingly over the top. I don't really recommend it.

Joseph Emerson
Joseph Emerson

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