Advanced Screening Review of My Spy
My Spy Movie – The Plot
My Spy sees JJ a hardened CIA operative (played by Dave Bautista, probably best known for playing Drax one of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) almost completely blowing a mission so ends up demoted by his boss (Ken Jeong) and placed on surveillance with his biggest fan Bobbi (Kristen Schaal) Trixie the voice of the blue dinosaur in the Toy Story films).
But things go wrong when nine year old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) discovers one of the cameras that have been bugged in her apartment – and with a bit of savvy she convinces JJ to take her skating, buy her ice-cream, teach her how to become a spy and finally date her mother (Parisa Fitz-Henley)!
Thoughts on My Spy
My Spy was enjoyed by all of my family (ages 10 to adult) as there was most definitely something for everybody in this film. There is a good mix of action, comedy and romance – with an easy to follow plot, which works on several levels.
That said if you are looking for an all-action Spy movie then this probably isn’t the one for you, as there is action at the beginning and the end, but much of the film is about JJ letting go of his past and letting people back into his heart again. It is also most definitely not suitable for all – with it really pushing the bar in terms of language and content. In fact I feel that the LGBT audience may even be offended by some of the content – there’s the stereotypes in the gay couple’s relationship but also the awkwardness of Bobbi’s character being referred to as her being a lesbian for example. Also worth noting that JJ suggests killing the child and that is some of the material which Sophie uses to blackmail him with – not things all parents want their children to be exposed to.
Conclusions on My Spy
If your children are of a certain age or you just want to watch it as an adult then I would recommend My Spy as being one to watch. I think that Bautista does a great job of playing JJ and how each of his relationships with others evolve. It definitely is a feel good movie and I came out thinking I can’t wait to tell people to go and see it.
My Spy is released in UK cinemas on Friday 13th March.
- Directed by Peter Segal
- Written by Jon and Erich Hoeber
- Production Company: MWM Studios
- Distributed by STX films
We were invited to an advanced special screening of My Spy at Dolby. All opinions are honest and my own.