My Spy movie poster

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Sometimes you just really need a classic action-comedy to make you smile.

My Spy follows JJ (Dave Bautista), a hardened CIA agent who has just messed up an operation in the field. He’s put on surveillance duty, but finds it hard to keep his distance from the kid (Chloe Coleman) he’s been sent to watch over.

My Spy is exactly the kind of movie I would’ve loved as a kid. It puts nine-year-old Sophie at the centre of the story in a believable way: she’s not an inaccessible prodigy; she’s just like any other sweet, charming kid in need of a friend. As I watched JJ become that friend, I realised I’m always going to be a sucker for the trope of an overgrown muscle-man being revealed as an absolute marshmallow.

It’s not a laugh-a-minute film, but there were definitely some chuckles in the audience. This is a light, fun feature that has something for kids and adults alike.

My Spy releases in Australian cinemas on Thursday, 9 January.

Score: ★★★

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