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Overall Rating

Awesome: 22.55%
Worth A Look: 27.45%
Pretty Bad: 4.9%
Total Crap: 14.71%

4 reviews, 78 user ratings

Johnny English
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"Generic Spy Comedy, Part 49"
3 stars

Ever notice how there are more spy-spoof movies than real spy movies? No joke -- they've been grinding out Bond parodies at least since OUR MAN FLINT, and that was back in 1966. It's gotten to the point where the spy spoof is a genre onto itself: It no longer pokes fun at Bond; it just recalls previous spy spoofs. So it is with JOHNNY ENGLISH, which reminds one of nothing so much as a second-rate AUSTIN POWERS.

Rowan Atkinson, big nose and all, is an unlikely superspy stumbling amiably through a standard plot about a French billionaire (John Malkovich -- not bad, even if he tends to sound more German than Gallic) who schemes to get himself crowned King of England. Natalie Imbruglia, of all people, pops up as Atkinson's sorta love interest. I say "sorta" because the filmmakers were wise enough to realize we're not gonna buy Atkinson as a ladies' man, not even in a screwball flick like this, and so the two scarcely exchange a kiss.

JOHNNY ENGLISH is a mildly diverting affair, no more and no less. Aside from a couple inspired slapstick bits, the film basically depends on its low-wattage charm. You've seen a lot of these jokes before; we're often treated to recycled gags, like the one where Atkinson inadvertently utters an off-color phrase in a foreign language.

The movie's comic timing is erratic. Some of the gags drag on too long -- like the scene where Atkinson crashes a funeral -- but occasionally it snaps like a whip. Atkinson is such a talented physical comedian that you wish he had more room to maneuver than he does here.

As a time-killer, it's not bad -- a watchable movie that won't leave you with painful memories. But considering how many spy comedies we've gotten just since the late '90s, you have to worry about what might happen if the next Bond film opens big.

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User Comments

8/07/18 Louise It's cool! 4 stars
7/16/15 Dr. Lao Not a classic, but not unwatchable either 3 stars
10/12/11 t. true Silly humor movie, but funny. Great for the whole family. 4 stars
10/03/08 Lenny Zane James Bond feel? I got about as much of a James Bond feel from The Love Guru! 3 stars
3/29/08 Pamela White English comedy great once you get it. 4 stars
12/07/07 kush different type of comedy with a james bond feel and mr bean stupidity. Fun to watch. 4 stars
9/08/07 johnnyfog The british don't know shit about comedy. 2 stars
5/23/07 tim absolutely hilarious. i can watch it over and over again 5 stars
4/23/07 Stevo UK Snooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee................ 1 stars
1/17/07 Matt Funnier than Powers, but then so is Macbeth. Or even influenza, for that matter. 3 stars
12/23/06 ProSneakyD The Naked Gun of britain, a funny performance by rowan & ben, but nothing groundbreaking. 4 stars
8/17/06 R.W.Welch Essentially the Clouseau-Drebin shtick but less inspired. 3 stars
6/10/06 William Goss What are these burning orbs doing in place of my retinas? 2 stars
4/30/06 Dk Bean the ultimate Disater movie is better for belly laughs but this still amuses to a point 3 stars
11/24/05 chris ok film bit silly at parsts though 4 stars
11/09/05 d crap 1 stars
11/09/05 daniel i loved it 5 stars
10/27/05 amanda longstale i must say old chap this film was marvolous...just drop it boff 5 stars
9/15/05 tatum Lackluster spoof, all the laughs were in the preview 3 stars
8/22/05 Eden Boring, unfunny, one of the worst films ever made 1 stars
12/19/04 Matt F. Drawn-out, unfunny, unoriginal. What were they thinking? 1 stars
9/24/04 Agent Sands Like most no-brainer comedies these days, it starts off well, gets tedious as hell. 3 stars
9/10/04 X Worth watching at least once in your lifetime 4 stars
8/25/04 psycho dwarf Imbruglia impresses but when did Bean jump the shark? 2 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Just watch the trailer. It contains all three funny parts. 1 stars
4/26/04 Gabrielle very funny to wach 5 stars
4/10/04 IP Freeley Mr Bean is stupid and so is this character 1 stars
4/05/04 djacosta A LOOOOOT better that James Bond 5 stars
4/03/04 Silvey Grover Made me laugh out loud and the kids enjoyed it too! 4 stars
3/17/04 Chris Funny but nobody laughed when he ended up in poop and the sex dialouge scene didn't fit. 4 stars
3/09/04 Jaco Visser Pure and good British humor! Atkinson at his best ... again! 5 stars
2/09/04 Whatevr constant laughs! 5 stars
1/11/04 Nevz good comedy 5 stars
12/30/03 Littlepurch Hilarious and very British!!! 5 stars
12/23/03 I Would The Bond film (the films that this is supposed to be spoofing) have much funnier gags! 1 stars
12/15/03 Kung Jerker It totally sucks balls. 1 stars
10/30/03 Jinnvisible A film for a sucker with money to thow away on films that suck 1 stars
10/19/03 The Purchase Bros Quite predictable but you can never have too much pooh in a comedy movie! Malkovich Gr8!!! 4 stars
10/17/03 Josh Standlee Not as good as any "Austin Powers" movie, but this movie does kick ass anyway! 5 stars
10/15/03 Aaron very funny 5 stars
10/15/03 perfect angel i love it!soooooo hilariouse! 5 stars
10/09/03 Amy Watson Its the best film of all time 5 stars
10/06/03 jane chigbundu every homw should have it,i love it. 4 stars
9/17/03 stephanie keay rowan is my favourite comedy actor! 5 stars
9/14/03 The real Helen Zass Too stereotypical -- men have to swim through poop; women get to go Ooooooooooooooooooooooo 3 stars
9/11/03 Jonny English It sucks so much 1 stars
9/10/03 Allison Lafferty No classic, but rather good as current-day spoofs go. 4 stars
9/06/03 Dimitri Aubert John Malkovitch is very funny with his french accent. 3 stars
8/17/03 punjab pish and snotters 1 stars
8/15/03 CVJ Could have been better but still hilarious 4 stars
8/07/03 marc_ian_a Very funny ! (5 stars) :) 5 stars
8/04/03 Wolf Stupid and mindless with a few (awkward) laughs - Grade: D 2 stars
7/29/03 bob sometimes predictable, but still funny 4 stars
7/29/03 bob mckenzie yeah ah-nold 1 stars
7/28/03 Bob K Very average to boring film-silly plot 3 stars
7/27/03 Wendy Predictable but good for a laugh. At least catch a matinee. 4 stars
7/27/03 the spam-handler Predicatble, but fun 4 stars
7/19/03 Bean Lover If he dont make you laugh in this one, your underwear is too tight 5 stars
7/19/03 Vicious Consistantly funny, a good blend of wit and physical humour. 4 stars
7/19/03 master.node A lot more fun than some of the recent "blockbuster" dreck. 4 stars
7/19/03 From Justin to Kelly was worse More Bean than Blackadder 1 stars
7/18/03 Arnold Schwarzenegger What da fuck are you doing, giving this a high rating? I had to let him go. 1 stars
6/26/03 bob shit 1 stars
6/08/03 Drake Great fun! 5 stars
6/05/03 David This movie will definitely give you a stomachache. Ha Ha Ha ... 5 stars
5/28/03 ben watson really funny 5 stars
5/22/03 Desert Rat Rowen Atkinson is great, but the rest... 4 stars
5/07/03 Francis A very funny climatic scene, but not many laughs in the rest of it. 3 stars
5/04/03 Kimmie I <3 this movie! I really wanna go see it again! Is is like me favourite movie ever!!!!!! 5 stars
4/27/03 irma absolutly excellent!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/26/03 OnlyChild It was a fun movie, no thinking and great laughs 4 stars
4/23/03 ggg very good 5 stars
4/23/03 Geoff Very funny. Our Natalie's great. 'Baldrick', Curtis, Elton etc from Blackadder were missed 4 stars
4/21/03 Q Better than the dreadful Austin Powers series but only just. 3 stars
4/17/03 Fonq35 You people are nuts. This film sucked and BLEW! But Imbruglia is hot! 2 stars
4/14/03 james I love Rowan Akinson and the movie was the BEST. Any movie with Rowna akinson is a good one 5 stars
4/14/03 Ellie Dillon Brilliant 4 stars
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  18-Jul-2003 (PG)
  DVD: 13-Jan-2004



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