Release year: 2002
Director: Betty Thomas
Screenwriter: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, David Ronn, Jay Sherick, Morton Fine (characters), David Friedkin (characters)
Starring: Owen Wilson, Eddie Murphy, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole, Phil Lewis, Viv Leacock, Keith Dallas
Low class special agent Alex (Owen Wilson) is assigned the task to recover a missing jet. Much to his dismay he is teamed with cocky boxing champion Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy), who has been asked to help. But the two find working together difficult.
Based on the TV-series from the 1960s, I Spy has the premise for an excellent action comedy of the buddy cop type, but doesn’t really live up to the expectations. A weak plot can be forgiven whenever Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop, 1984) and Wilson (Shanghai Noon, 2000) work their banter, but has trouble holding up when the comedy is turned down. Janssen (X-Men, 2000) is good support as the fellow agent Alex yearns for and Cole (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2006) a hoot as top class agent with all the ‘good stuff’, while McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, 1971) seems underused as the bad guy. It is an entertaining but forgetful movie that has moments showing how much better it could have been.
Will Ferrell di the voice work for the U.S. President.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures