Cameron Bell | mathiston, ms usa | 11/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"it is fun funny movie it makes me want to be a spy. it so cool"
Matthew Reichel | Seattle, WA USA | 02/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"DVD was hilarious.
DVD arrived in a very timely fashion.
DVD arrived in excellent condition."
It's halfway decent...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 06/30/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie Murphy is funny most of the time.
Owen Wilson is funny some of the time.
Thankfully their collective comical powers came together nicely on this film, otherwise it would have been a complete snooze. The fact remains that this film doesn't really offer a whole lot. The plot is a mere throwaway (a lazy mix of nearly every other `spy oriented' film plot) but the comedic timing and likable performances make this at least watchable. In fact, Murphy has a way of making this film kind of funny.
Like I said, the plot itself doesn't always work (I like the way this site phrases it, that it works in isolated segments but doesn't come together coherently, because that is how I feel about it myself) but you will laugh. Murphy plays Kelly, an over-confident athlete who gets a little in over his head (although he doesn't see it that way) when he's prompted to help Alex, a dedicated yet `green' government agent. Kelly has a boxing match scheduled that will allow him direct access to Arnold Gundars, a lethal arms dealer who is suspected of stealing a stealth fighter. Alex isn't too keen on working with Kelly, but he's too busy pining over the leggy Rachel to really understand the gravity of his situation.
Murphy and Wilson feed off one another very well here, and there is no denying that Famke Janssen can light any man's fire. I do wish they made better use of Malcolm McDowell (he deserved a much better career than he was dealt), who rather phones it in as the token `villain'.
I haven't seen the original television series, so I'm not really sure how it compares.
This is far from the best action-buddy-comedy out there, but if it happens to be on your cable-box there is no shame in indulging on a rainy (lazy) afternoon. There are some intense sequences, and the banter between Wilson and Murphy goes a long way (about as long as it can go, really). I wouldn't rush out to own this film (I do own it, but that's another story), but it's certainly enjoyable when watched in the frame of mind. But then again, when is Eddie Murphy `not' enjoyable?"