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July 24, 2003

Johnny English could have been

— Posted by John Campea

Johnny English could have been better (6 out of 10)
I’ve always been a huge Rowan Atkinson fan. I thought he was just brilliant in Rat Race. Going into Johnny English I was hoping for the same side splitting hilarity, and although there were several good laughs, I left the show feeling like it needed much more.

Although not an actual field agent, Johnny works for the British Secret Service and dreams of becoming an international man of mystery. Then, something happens that kills every single agent in England, prompting Johnny to be promoted to Secret Agent. John Malkovich brilliantly plays the sinister French villain in the film and he had me laughing every time he opened his mouth and spoke in his far over-the-top accent. Natalie Imbruglia fills the role of “Bond Girl” for the movie and does an ok job, but to be honest she really doesn’t do anything in the film.

Overall the movie made for an enjoyable afternoon at the theater. It had some laughs and giggles, but considering that’s all the movie was supposed to deliver, it really should have delivered more. See a matinee, or wait for it to come out on DVD.

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