Spy Sunday, 29 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, coarse language and brief nudity.

  • The pitch:

    I Spy.

  • Starring:

    Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Morena Baccarin, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Zach Woods, 50 Cent, Peter Serafinowicz

  • Directed by:

    Paul Feig

  • Running time:

    120 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, punched, kicked, elbowed, thrown to the ground/into walls/through the air, handlocked, headlocked, kicked/hit in genitals, stabbed, hair-pulled, attacked (bat), knocked out, poisoned, tackled, impaled, head-slammed, shoved, hit with objects, headbutted, garrotted, choked, pistol-whipped, groped. People fall from a building, a helicopter. Bombs, explosions, plane crash, helicopter crash, weapons testing. Car crashes (other vehicles, tree); tyre shootout; reckless driving. Poison-dart rape whistle. People eat rat poo/an object. Death threats, threat of nuclear weapon, hand-to-hand combat, slamming door, breaking window, theft, break-and-enter. Schoolyard bullying, pushed out of/hit by a plane, haemorrhoids, defibrillator, arm ripped off, both legs broken, being on fire mentioned. Yelling. Burned-out building, picture of building on fire. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody bullet wounds, blood spatter, pools of blood, burning (acid) throat. Blood on faces, bodies, clothing, objects. Pressing on wound. Objects through hand/torso, breaking neck/hand/ankle. Image of toe with fungal infection. Bruising, fainting. Cut-off hand (implied).


    Couple in bed together (sex implied), oral sex, women groped on bottom and breast, man's head up skirt, man and woman in sexually suggestive position. Skimpy clothing, pictures of penises, man in undershirt, naked shoulders. Kissing, flirting, leering. Sex tape discussed. Bad pick-up lines, innuendo, sexual-themed comments. Porn-name game.


    A woman is poisoned. Chloroform, anti-fungal spray, stool-softener pills. Alcohol (champagne, spirits, cocktails, wine). Gambling (baccarat, roulette, poker). Smoking. Intoxication. Ingesting poison, roofies mentioned.


    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, belittling language, elitism. Actual and slang terms for genitals. Derogatory terms for handicapped people, women; non-pc humour. Religious reference and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture. Abortion mentioned (derogatively).


    CIA operations, espionage, secret agents, surveillance, vengeance, high-tech gadgetry, allergies, arms dealing, nuclear bombs, analysts, disguise, novices.


    Funeral scene. Estranged boyfriend mentioned. Job firings. Plane, helicopter. Bat, mice, rats. Vomiting. Subtitles.


    Entertaining, delirious, uproarious, laugh-stuffed, femme-centric, fun, enjoyable, great, bawdy, bloody, generous, pleasurable, smart, hilarious, endearing, crowd-pleasing. Perfect casting, superb supporting cast, delightful performances, visceral action scenes, scenic international locations, slick lensing, elaborate production design, sexy-satirical/Bond-style opening credits, giddy sense of glee.


    Uneven, long. Convoluted/overstuffed plot, some exhausting comedy.

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