(2020) (Dave Bautista, Chloe Coleman) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action-Comedy: A tough-as-nails CIA operative has his cover blown by a precocious 9-year-old girl who blackmails him into teaching her the secrets of his trade.
J.J. (DAVE BAUTISTA) is a tough-as-nails CIA operative who botches an assignment in Ukraine to thwart terrorists from getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction. His failure draws the ire of his boss, David Kim (KEN JEONG). J.J. is shamed and demoted, with only his fellow operative, the tech-savvy Bobbi (KRISTEN SCHAAL), believing he is still an elite agent.
J.J. gets a second chance when he is assigned to stake out a mother, Kate (PARISA FITZ-HENLEY) and her 9-year-old daughter, Sophie (CHLOE COLEMAN), in Chicago. The woman's brother, Victor (GREG BRYK), is the international criminal J.J. was supposed to bring down earlier. But he has since gone off the grid, with teams of intelligence operatives dispatched around the globe to try and root him out. J.J. sees the assignment as further humiliation, believing there is no chance the man will try and make contact with his family.
Meanwhile, Chloe is whip-smart for her age and discovers the hidden cameras J.J. and Bobbi have placed in her and her mom's apartment. It's not long before she is able to find the two CIA agents also. She blackmails J.J. into becoming her mentor, teaching her the secrets of the spy game in return for not ratting him and Bobbi out. J.J. comes to care for both the girl and Kate, makes friends with a gay couple named Carlos and Todd (DEVERE ROGERS and NOAH DALTON DANBY, respectively) in the building, and generally comes to enjoy the low-key nature of his assignment. But all of that is thrown in jeopardy when Victor does indeed resurface in the Windy City and comes calling.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Even with the PG-13 rating, some elementary- and middle-school age kids will likely want to see this because of Bautista and the young female lead.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For action/violence and language.
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