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I Spy (2002)

Duration1h 37m
RatingsUK: 13, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13,
Source of storyThis film apparently derived from a 1960s US TV series of the same name with the same constituents. 
DirectorBetty Thomas
Writers/ScriptMarianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn
StarringEddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell,  Gary Cole, Sugar Ray Leonard, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.4 by 49,516 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 16% by 134 critics.

Elevator Pitch: Kelly Robinson is an extremely successful black middleweight boxer, usually blinged up and accompanied by an entourage. When his next fight is to take place in Budapest he is asked to provide cover for secret agent Alex Scott, who is tasked with the recovery of a secret plane which has the ability to be invisible, stolen by an evil international arms dealer. The two are assisted by agent Rachel Wright a leggy young woman who Alex fancies but is reluctant to approach. The agents alternately track and are tracked by the villains so taking in many of the signature sights of the city, but will they in the end become friends and recover the plane.

Content: Just a few of Kelly’s fans are scantily dressed, and at a party a bit of champagne is drunk. Kelly appears in the ring. Alex spends time in the special equipment arsenal of the organisation – a la James Bond. There are car chases and explosions in Budapest. We see the villain negotiating with the purchaser of the plane and see it becoming invisible. But mostly it is Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson shouting at each other and Famke Janssen looking alluring. 

A View: This outing was yet another Eddie Murphy vehicle which bombed at the box office. At the Razzies Eddie Murphy won “Worst Actor”, and additionally won “Worst Actor of the Decade” and Owen Wilson and he were nominated for “Worst Screen Couple”. But actually it was not all their fault. Murphy was terrific when being a boxer and Owen Wilson was, well, Owen Wilson. But the plot was lamentable. Yet another attempt to spoof James Bond, which in those days was a spoof itself. My advice – don’t be tempted. 

Additional Info: The IMDb Trivia was obviously populated by the studio. Just a hint guys – make the items shorter.  

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