‘My Spy’ will make you want to join the CIA


It’s been a year and three months since I saw a movie critic screening in Saint-Louis. I was forced to watch movies on HBO, Starz, Amazon Prime, and Netflix again. I’m going to my first theater screening this week at Ronnie’s.

I am so excited. From now on, most of the films I test will be screened in theaters.

“My Spy” is an Amazon Original movie released last summer, but it came to my attention when my sister saw it and said it was cute and funny. She was right. “My Spy” is a delight.

When a hardened CIA agent JJ ​​fails his mission, he’s given a new partner, Bobbi, whom he doesn’t want. Bobbi is a computer genius, but she was not trained as a spy, which is her fervent desire. To further punish JJ, CIA chief David Kim (Ken Jeong) sends the couple to Chicago to spy on the family of a suspected international criminal. The 9-year-old daughter, Sophie, immediately discovered the agents. JJ finds himself at the mercy of the precocious child breaking all CIA regulations.

Ex-wrestler Dave Bautista plays JJ. He’s the most welcoming top man I’ve ever seen, but he does a great job as a “fish out of the water” type of guy escorting a little girl around Chicago. Chloe Coleman who plays Sophie is sweetheart and steals the show. Chloe was 11 when the movie was shot, but she already has more movie credits than most actresses twice her age. I see a brilliant and brilliant career for this young actress.

I loved the character of Bobbi played by Kristen Schaal. Bobbi wants to be like JJ so badly and is jealous, angry but heartbroken as he teaches Sophie how to be a spy and leaves Bobbi with the boring job of staring at an empty apartment all day. No comedy would be complete without a love interest. Parisa Fitz-Henley plays Sophie’s mother, Kate, and JJ’s eventual love interest.

The script opens with violence to give it a PG-13 rating but can be enjoyed by the whole family. The smart screenplay was written by Jon and Eric Hoeber. “My Spy” was directed by Peter Segal.

I enjoyed this movie. It is a soft film which is very light and will make you smile. It’s a good movie when you want to watch something fun. “My Spy” is rated PG-13. I give it 4½ stars.

Film critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in Los Angeles with various directors and industry professionals. Contact Mary at [email protected]


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