Dave Bautista is carving a shaky path for himself in comedy recently, and while he doesn’t always hit the mark as a leading man, his movies are usually entertaining enough.

Certificate: 12A

Director: Peter Segal

Screenwriter: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber

Starring: Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman, Parisa Fitz-Henley

Genre: Action, Comedy

Runtime: 99 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Ex Special Forces agent JJ makes an excellent soldier, but a TERRIBLE CIA agent.  After one botched operation too many, he is put on surveillance of a woman and her nine-year-old daughter.  But much to his chagrin, her daughter discovers their surveillance equipment.  After breaking into their base of operations and recording them, she uses the footage to blackmail JJ into being a kind of surrogate parent as her mother works all the time and she gets bullied in school.  But surprisingly it helps to bring out his more sensitive side.

The dialogue in this film is definitely the best part, it is snappily written and actually made laugh out loud on more than once.  And there are a few genuinely funny moments in the film as well that will definitely add to it’s appeal to older kids.  Less clued in adults (like me) may find some of the jokes go over their heads if they aren’t up on all the latest fads and lingo, but I am sure any kid won’t have that problem at all.

It’s not a film that is trying to break new ground.  You can tell almost from the get-go exactly how this film is going to play out from scene to scene.  And you have a pretty good idea the entire time how it’s going to end.  It plays on a thousand tropes and storylines that we have seen a million times before, because it is a tried and tested method that works.  So as an adult watching this film, and who has seen a hundred films like it, boredom, or complete indifference is definitely a possibility,  but for kids who just want something fun to watch, there is plenty here that they will like.

Dave Bautista never really sells his part as a leading man to me and is getting in a habit of staring in kind of midrange comedies like this and his previous effort ‘Stuber’ where he is basically playing the exact same character.  I would like to see him branch out and do something different other than the dumb but lovable tough guy.  Because at the moment that is all he really seems able to bring to the table.  Chloe Coleman on the other hand, while playing the equally stereotypical precocious nine-year-old, is an absolute joy to watch.  She lights up every scene she is in.  I hope to see her progress in a lot more films as time goes on.

It won’t blow you away, its predictable and repetitive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good time.  ‘My Spy’ is available to stream on Amazon Prime now!