Review by Dan Skip Allen
When people think of spy movies, they think of Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, and others portraying Ian Fleming's iconic character, James Bond. However, the spy genre has many other films in its ranks. Quite a few of them are comedies, like Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, the Johnny English films, starring Rowan Atkinson, and the Pink Panther films starring Peter Sellers and later on Steve Martin. My Spy is another comedic spy film. The problem is all the funniest scenes are in the trailer.
JJ (Dave Bautista) is a CIA Agent. He likes to do things his way. He works alone and gets the job done. When he gets discovered surveying a nine-year-old girl named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) and her mother, he has to make a deal to train her to be a spy. This doesn't go so well because she is smarter than him. This film has an interesting spin on spy movies but the humor isn't that good apart from the scenes in the trailer. The chemistry is good between Sophie and JJ, but that's not the entire movie.
Peter Segal is known for a couple of other comedic spy movies: The Naked Gun 33 ⅓ and Get Smart. In the latter, he also worked with an ex-pro wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I guess he was trying to capture that magic he got in the previous films, this time with Dave Bautista. The problem is those other films were much funnier than My Spy was. The story was bland and not fascinating or interesting at all. The comedy was solid but not overwhelmingly funny since the trailer has the funniest scenes.
Dave Bautista has come a long way since his days as a WWE Superstar. He has even done some funny roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and Stuber last year, in which he co-starred in a similar role with Kumail Nanjiani. Those films have a lot better action and the comedic moments were more enjoyable than those in My Spy. The script is the problem with My Spy.
Many had big hopes for this film, especially after so many funny and entertaining outings in Dave Bautista's recent past and because the director has done some fun films in the past himself. The biggest mistake in a comedic film is when it's not that funny and all the best scenes are given away in the trailer. The chemistry between JJ and Sophie wasn't enough to save this film. Just like Dwayne Johnson, Dave Bautista has now got a dud in his filmography. If you're looking for a funny spy film, this isn't it.
My Spy hits Amazon Prime on June 26.