I Spy (2002)

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I Spy is a 2002 American action comedy spy film starring Owen Wilson, Eddie Murphy, Famke Janssen, and Malcolm McDowell. Directed by Betty Thomas, it is an adaptation of the 1960s television series starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

The film was a major critical and box office failure. for Eddie Murphy, it was his 3rd box office bomb of 2002, behind Showtime and The Adventures of Pluto Nash.

I Spy (2002)
I spy with my little eye: a very bad movie
Genre: Action


Directed By: Betty Thomas
Produced By: Mario Kassar

Andrew G. Vajna

Betty Thomas

Written By: Cormac Wibberley

Marianne Wibberley

Jay Scherick

David Ronn

Based On: I Spy

by Morton S. Fine

and David Friedkin

Starring: Eddie Murphy

Owen Wilson

Malcolm McDowell

Famke Janssen

Cinematography: Oliver Wood
Distributed By: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 1st, 2002
Runtime: 97 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $70 million
Box Office: $60.3 million


A professional athlete, Kelly Robinson, joins forces with government agent Alex Scott to help recover a missing jet.

Why It Sucks

  1. Extremely bad grasp of the source material.
    • For example, in the TV show, both Alex Scott (Culp) and Kelly Robinson (Cosby) were government agents and pro tennis players. However, in the movie, both roles have been reversed (Scott is Caucasian and Robinson is an African-American) and Robinson is not an agent, but a professional boxer and an annoying comic relief.
    • Both Scott and Robinson act nothing like the series' counterparts.
    • The original series features both comedic and dramatic moments. The film version only focuses on the comedic aspects, removing everything that made the original I Spy series great. Speaking of comedy, this has some very, very, VERY poor attempts at humor.
  2. Eddie Murphy is a poor and rather obnoxious casting choice for the role of Kelly Robinson, Owen Wilson is both lifeless and wooden as Alex Scott, Malcolm McDowell is completely wasted as Arnold Gundars, and Famke Janssen is bland as Rachel Wright.
  3. Poor story.
  4. Completely unlikable characters.
  5. Bad action sequences.
  6. Throughout certain parts of the film, Kelly Robinson speaks in third person, which at times, can be very annoying.
  7. At one point in the film, Kelly Robinson spoils a mission by setting off the alarm because he felt bored guarding a room, which shows rather how ignorant he can be.


The film received negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the general consensus being, "Insipid and mirthless, I Spy bares little resemblance to the TV series that inspired it."




3 months ago
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