JJ (Dave Bautista) is a CIA agent who lives for the action-filled moments that the job offers daily. After completing yet another successful top-secret mission, JJ is paired up with a new partner and given a new dangerous task. JJ is to conduct surveillance on a woman along her 9-year-old daughter. Unfortunately for JJ, it’s not long until the 9-year-old girl blows his cover and she decides to bribe JJ along with his partner, telling him if he doesn’t do what she wants, JJ will get in trouble plus the mission will be all over.
Our leading CIA hero tries to negotiate with the young girl, but JJ cannot seem to find a way out of this tricky situation and agrees to the young girl’s terms. She requests that JJ begins to teach her the ways of becoming a professional spy. JJ starts to teach the young girl essential elements such as nailing a lie detector test, general confidence and most importantly, how to walk away from a giant explosion without looking back. The young girl also begins to encourage JJ to pursue a relationship with her single mother, and romance even begins to bloom.
The character introduction of JJ is excellent. We witness his skills as a CIA agent, and we gain a taste of his random sense of humour. JJ, as a character, is also a strong man and lives for the action, but it’s also apparent there’s a dark past which haunts him. I enjoyed the supporting character of the 9-year-old Sophie played wonderfully by Chloe Coleman. The dialogue between these two was also pleasing as they both managed to bring some laughter and heartfelt moments.
As a film, it is brainless and pleasing as a comedy with only a few weak and sadly annoying elements. The film’s villain here is incredibly bland and rather forgettable, and this was undoubtedly a missed opportunity. JJ’s new CIA partner (played by Kristen Schaal) is slightly annoying here, and there are many moments of attempted humour from this character which didn’t work for me. I thought it was a shame the way this character was written because, like the villain, it is a missed opportunity for the film.
Overall, I am amazed to say this, but I found this film to be fun. It’s also filled with some heartfelt moments, and many jokes managed to gain a laugh from me. Actor Dave Bautista has excellent chemistry with the 9-year-old girl who bribes him for spy training. If you’re seeking something brainless and light, you cannot go past My Spy. Like I said, I am still dealing with the shock as I was not expecting to find this film so refreshing.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden