Based on the ‘60s television show, I SPY follows the trend of re-imagining original productions. Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) works for the fictional spy agency BNS. When a truly invisible stealth bomber is stolen from the government, Scott gets the assignment to locate it. Arms dealer Arnold Gundars (Malcolm McDowell), to cover the sale of the plane, is staging an international boxing match in Budapest. So Scott will have to work with a civilian, undefeated boxer Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy). Robinson’s larger-then-life ego and flamboyant lifestyle clashes with Scott’s low-key undercover approach to spying. With the help of agent Rachel Wright (Famke Janssen), Scott and Robinson infiltrate Gundar’s palace and discover a common bond.
Capturing the humorous interaction between the agents and mixing dangerous situations with an element of fun, I SPY will appeal to those with fewer memories of the TV series. Somewhat inept in love, Scott hopes for a sexual encounter with the attractive Rachel, based on a rumor from another agent. He equates the idea of a ‘stake-out’ with that possibility. Robinson, using spy equipment like a modern Cryano de Bergerac, coaches Scott through an attempted seduction. Rachel begins to undress but their interlude is interrupted. Numerous explosions, shoot-outs, fights and chases fill the screen to keep the action going. A common fight strategy includes kicks to the crotch. Along with the humorous banter between agents, the dialogue features frequent crude slang and obscenities. Check out cable TV nostalgia channels rather than the theater for I SPY.