Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2002. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tall Trees Productions, C-2 Pictures, Sheldon Leonard Productions. Story by Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Screenplay by Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, based on characters created by Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin. Cinematography by Oliver Wood. Produced by Mario Kassar, Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping. Music by Richard Gibbs. Production Design by Marcia Hinds. Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter. Film Editing by Peter Teschner.
Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy have a marvelous time clowning around in this silly spy movie, and you’ll enjoy watching them just as much. Adapted from the sixties television series of the same name, it stars Wilson and Famke Janssen as United States spies sent on a mission to recover a stolen stealth airplane from a bad-guy fence (Malcolm McDowell) who is trying to sell it in Budapest. Needing to be teamed up with a civilian, their office puts them in the way of a multi-million dollar champion boxer (Murphy) who will be fighting in a highly publicized match during the mission. This film isn’t any smarter or savvier than all the other lame action movies that audiences are forced to sit through, but it stands a cut above its contemporaries by at least having a boisterous sense of fun. Murphy has a comedic match in Owen, who refuses to lay back and play straight man to his partner’s comic antics but holds his own.