Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Johnny English Reborn

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action violence, rude humor, some language and brief sensuality
Profanity:Crude schoolyard language, skimpy bikini
Nudity/Sex:Brief mild and non-explicit making out
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking
Violence/Scariness:Action-style violence, chases and explosions, some comic, but some characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date:February 28, 2012
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action violence, rude humor, some language and brief sensuality
Profanity: Crude schoolyard language, skimpy bikini
Nudity/Sex: Brief mild and non-explicit making out
Alcohol/Drugs: Drinking
Violence/Scariness: Action-style violence, chases and explosions, some comic, but some characters injured and killed
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012

The first Johnny English spy spoof came out in 2003.  The spy parts were not exciting enough and the comedy parts were not funny enough to make material that has been done by everyone from James Coburn and Dean Martin to Mike Meyers and Jackie Chan seem fresh.  And yet, he’s back — the movie no one much liked has a sequel no one asked for.  There’s just one reason: people who do not speak English loved it.  The original made a ton of money in countries where audiences could enjoy the pratfalls and ignore everything else.  And so, passing through quickly on its way to being dubbed for international release, we have “Johnny English Reborn.”

Advertisement

Rowan Atkinson is best in small doses.  Even at under two hours, this goes on much too long as it appears to go down a check-list of spy movie clichés, only to deploy jokes that are almost as well-worn.  There is one great Parkour chase scene and a couple of genuinely funny moments but it drags on with Atkinson doing the same shtick over and over — the disconnect between his assessment of his capability (high) and his actual capability (low).   And lots of crotch hits.

Someone has certainly watched a great many spy movies and so the settings replicate Bond staples like the snowy retreat, the men’s room, the secret headquarters, and the ashram.  But like the first one, most of the action isn’t exciting and most of the jokes are not funny.  Perhaps the dubbed version is better.

Advertisement

 

 

Parents should know that this film has action-style violence with chases and explosions, some comic peril but characters are killed, with crude schoolyard language, drinking, a skimpy bikini and a non-explicit romantic situation.

Family discussion: What makes Johnny so confident?  What does he do best?  Which of his gadgets would you like to have?

If you like this, try: “Get Smart” and “Spy Kids”

 

Previous Posts

Worst Accents in Movies
Thanks to Indiewire for including me in this great rundown of the all-time worst movie accents. Critics vented frustration and fury, many picking Quentin Tarantino and Dick van Dyke, but I went with two actors who played Robin ...

posted 2:13:18pm Aug. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Grandma
Lily Tomlin is cranky, feisty, tough, and utterly irresistible in this story of a grandmother who has to visit past decisions about her own life in order ...

posted 5:50:55pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

We Are Your Friends
Director Max Joseph brings some of the "Catfish" sensibility to "We Are Your Friends," with an intimate, documentary feel and a storyline ...

posted 5:35:22pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Z for Zachariah
In 1959, a movie called The World, The Flesh And The Devil imagined a post-apocalyptic world with three surviving humans. In the words of the 1960's television series, "The Mod Squad," they could be described as "one black, one white, one ...

posted 5:31:48pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Being Evel
Evel Knievel was an international celebrity in the 1960's-70's, known for three things: showmanship, stunts that succeeded, and stunts that failed. He was recognized for jumping over 19 cars in his motorcycle, for crash-landing after trying to ...

posted 5:13:51pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.