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Johnny English Reborn Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

On Her Majesty's Stupid Service Read full review

2.5

Grae Drake Profile

Her Majesty's Silly Service Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Even the most desperately deprived secret-agent devotee will find little to cheer in this yawn-tastic 007 send-up.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    Fans of sophisticated humor may feel empathy with, if not sympathy for, the lead character on those many occasions he is kicked in the nuts.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It's breezy stuff, to be sure. And while English is far from becoming the Pink Panther for the Facebook generation, Atkinson has a breezy rapport with junior Agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) that's reminiscent of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau and his relationship with sidekick Kato.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Slapstick-heavy spoof features dumbed-down humor for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this spy comedy is a sequel to Johnny English, a star vehicle for British comedian Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean). Like The Naked Gun's Frank Drebin, Johnny is a bumbling character who always ends up saving the day -- by accident. There's loads of rough slapstick, as well as weapons, martial arts fighting, explosions, and gun violence, but it's all played for laughs. The sexuality is limited to one brief kiss and some flirting, and the language is fairly mild ("damn," "bloody," "turd").

  • Families can talk about what makes spoofs funny. In what way does this movie contain the same elements as a regular spy film like the James Bond movies? How are those aspects turned into comedy?
  • Why do underdog characters, even silly ones like Johnny, elicit audience support? Who are some other cinematic underdogs we laugh with -- and at -- no matter how bumbling they might be?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true1

    Messages: This isn't a message-oriented movie, but kids will learn that with age comes experience, even if the person seems a bit silly at first. 

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Johnny has the best of intentions, even though he often makes mistakes on his missions. Agent Tucker never loses faith in Johnny, even when he's been wrongfully denounced.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Three character deaths, but each one is portrayed somewhat humorously. Some explosions and gunfire ensue during climactic scenes. There's martial arts sparring at the beginning of the movie as well as one extended "battle," in which Johnny fights a villain with kicks, punches, etc. An elderly woman plays an assassin with a collection of weapons that are hidden inside other objects (vacuum cleaner, suitcase, etc.). Several jokes revolve around Johnny's ability to withstand kicks to the groin.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Johnny flirts with Kate; in one scene, she kisses him briefly on the lips.

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequently used words include "stupid," "damn," "bloody," "turd," and "good lord." The word "pussy" is used to refer to a cat.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Apple computer and a couple of cars are displayed.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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