Within the type of film “My Spy” is, comedy is derived from fish-out-of-water eventualities. The flailing fish right here is the burly, bodily adept C.I.A. subject agent JJ (Dave Bautista), who’s demoted and left gallivanting across the schoolyard with the 9-year-old lady, Sophie (Chloe Coleman). The plan is to nab Sophie’s nefarious uncle, Marquez (Greg Bryk), who’s getting ready to promoting nuclear weapons plans to a different terrorist. There are pratfalls and dodge ball alongside the best way.
The movie, streaming on Amazon Prime and directed by Peter Segal, looks like a missed alternative for a lot of its operating time. A greater film would have taken its acquainted premise, of a nearly-incompetent spy who’s proven the way to get the job carried out by his prepubescent pal, and leaned into it. “My Spy” may have used its espionage parts to channel a contemporary genre take on “Paper Moon,” with Coleman as a non secular relative of Tatum O’Neal. An amusing montage reveals how efficient Coleman is at punching above her weight class. However Bautista, slightly charmless, isn’t any Ryan O’Neal.
As an alternative, “My Spy” meanders, unsure of its viewers: It has an excessive amount of violence and language for household viewing, however doesn’t commit sufficient to the hazard of spy thrillers to stir the Bond and Bourne lovers amongst us. Ultimately, it doesn’t know which mission it chooses to simply accept.
Rated PG-13 for violence and language. Working time: 1 hour 39 minutes. Watch on Amazon Prime Video.