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Johnny English
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Directed By
Peter Howitt

Written By:
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies, Peter Howitt

Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Greg Wise, Douglas McFerran, Steve Nicolson, Terence Harvey, Kevin McNally, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nina Young, John Malkovich, Neville Phillips, Oliver Ford Davies, Kevin Moore, Faruk Pruti, Philip Harvey, Peter Howitt, Laurence Richardson, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Rowland Davies, Natalie Imbruglia, Simon Bernstein, Martin Lawton, Takuya Matsumoto, Peter Tenn, Marc Danbury, Jack Raymond, Jenny Galloway, Haylie Ecker, Tania Davis, Eos Chater, Chris Tarrant, James Greene, Clive Graham, Trevor McDonald, Clare Beckwith, James Embree, Serena Lorien, Leonard Silver, Philippa Fordham, Tim Berrington, Sam Beazley, Gay-Yee Westerhoff, Yana Yanezic

Johnny English (2003)
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Movie Review by Zara
July 11th, 2009

This is Rowan Atkinson at his talking semi-best. I think the only time that I've liked him more was when he was the narcoleptic Italian trying to win the money in RAT RACE, with his silly "I'm winning! I'm winning!" phrase.

This time he tackles being able to make fun of the Bond franchise and he does it in the lightweight style that he goes about with most of his movies (the best of which are really the MR BEAN ones). It is PG and great to watch with the kids, even if they don't understand anything about James Bond. As parents, you can watch over the jokes that they're making at that ancient franchise's expense and your kids can laugh over the goofy physical humour which Atkinson has honed over the years. My daughter laughed that he kept trying to be cool but couldn't carry it off and didn't want to admit to himself that he was a doofus.

The worst part in the movie is the cheap attempt at mocking the French, with John Malkovich preening with a horrible rug and an even worse mocking accent. I understand that he's trying to make fun of the characters which are created for the Bond movies, but it's still a weak point in the movie since he can't seem to decide if he's going to play it straight or spoof.

Still, I will admit that there were parts of the movie which just simply made me laugh at their simple outlandish comedy. It's good to laugh, even if the reasoning behind it seems brainless.

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