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I SPY

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I Spy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
96 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/01/02
performer:
Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Gary Cole, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell
director:
Betty Thomas
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
author:
David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a D-

Murphy made his big-screen debut in arguably the best buddy action comedy ever, ”48 HRS.” Twenty years later, he’s stuck in one of the worst, a weak retread of the ’60s TV show. The original coasted on the chemistry between Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, but Murphy and Wilson are perpetually drenched in flop sweat as a boxing champ and a secret agent on a mission to retrieve a stolen invisible jet from a ruthless arms dealer (Malcolm McDowell, on megalomaniacal autopilot). Apparently, the film’s four credited writers decided to keep the jokes undercover, too.