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Johnny English Strikes Again

  • Comedy
  • 2018
  • David Kerr
  • 84 mins
  • PG

Summary

A sinister cyber attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain. Hapless secret agent Johnny English is sent on a mission to the South of France to protect Queen and country, and find the mastermind hacker responsible. Third movie in the comedy series, starring Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and Olga Kurylenko.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Rowan Atkinson's third outing as the bumbling British secret agent is, like its predecessor Johnny English Reborn seven years earlier, more dependent on the silent(ish) movie slapstick of his comic creation Mr Bean than the arch spy spoof tropes of the first film in the franchise. There are also elements of Inspector Clouseau in this yarn about English returning to the intelligence community to thwart cyber hackers, but the flimsy plot seems only there to link the self-contained and often predictable madcap set pieces. Emma Thompson brings a touch of class as a highly strung unpopular prime minister (clearly modelled on Theresa May), and Ben Miller gives it his all, returning as put-upon sidekick Bough. With the likes of the 007 and Mission: Impossible series increasingly carrying humorous digs at espionage thriller clichés it's perhaps sensible for the English brand to focus more on Atkinson's broader gift for physical comedy, but the results play like a string of unconnected sketches rather than a solid narrative.

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Credits

Cast

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Johnny EnglishRowan Atkinson
OpheliaOlga Kurylenko
Prime MinisterEmma Thompson
Jason VoltaJake Lacy
BoughBen Miller
TaraMiranda Hennessy
PegasusAdam James
LesleyPippa Bennett-Warner
Agent SevenCharles Dance
Viola LynchIrena Tyshyna

Crew

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DirectorDavid Kerr

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2018-10-05
Language
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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