Johnny English

Johnny English

3.6 6
Director: Peter Howitt

Cast: Peter Howitt, Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia


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An unhinged parody of James Bond theatrics, Johnny English finds Mr. Bean himself suiting up as the eponymous super spy for a series of wild and silly adventures. A lowly pencil pusher working for the MI7 agency, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is suddenly promoted to super spy after Agent One is assassinated and every other agent is blown up at hisSee more details below


An unhinged parody of James Bond theatrics, Johnny English finds Mr. Bean himself suiting up as the eponymous super spy for a series of wild and silly adventures. A lowly pencil pusher working for the MI7 agency, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is suddenly promoted to super spy after Agent One is assassinated and every other agent is blown up at his funeral. When billionaire entrepreneur Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich) sponsors the exhibition of the Crown Jewels and the valuable gems disappear on the opening night, and on the watch of English, the newly designated agent must jump into action to uncover the thief and procure the missing valuables. Tracking the thieves' underground escape route with sidekick Bough (Ben Miller), English locks in on Sauvage despite repeated assurances by boss Pegasus (Tim Pigott-Smith) that the respected entrepreneur has nothing to do with the crime. Could the mysterious Lorna (Natalie Imbruglia), who has an odd habit of turning up at the wrong place at the wrong time, hold the key to helping Johnny? A massive hit overseas, Johnny English held its own at the box office in early April 2003, and was slated for wide release in the U.S. If the spoofing in Johnny English strikes especially close to home, that may be because the film was scripted by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who teamed to pen such Bond adventures as Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough.

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Johnny English is not a good movie by any means, but it is a funny one. It contains all of the elements of a bad summer action comedy -- a weak story line, obvious jokes, and preposterous plot developments -- but it still succeeds in entertaining, due largely to the comedic talents of its star, Rowan Atkinson. In the title role, Atkinson steals the show as a bumbling, inept superspy-wannabe. Simply put, he is hilarious; but one has come to expect this from Atkinson, who could create comedy out of any given situation. His innate talent for physical comedy is perfectly suited for a Bond-like parody, but the film does not rise to meet his abilities. English displays an intriguing combination of spy ineptitude and genuine detective abilities that is thrown away for easy laughs when he could have become as memorable a character as Inspector Clouseau. As his sidekick, Bough, Ben Miller appears equally inept at first, but reveals a flair for spy activities, bailing Johnny out on multiple occasions. A relative unknown, Miller shows a talent for quiet, understated comedy, while Atkinson plays for the big laughs, making them an effective comedic team. In their midst, Natalie Imbruglia actually comes across a bit boring, despite her perfect model looks. The romantic scenes between her Lorna Campbell character and English are forced and fail to achieve much odd-couple comedy, so it is lucky that the filmmakers did not focus on their pairing too much. As for villains, John Malkovich is surprisingly ineffective as the rich French-snob Pascal Sauvage, who is bent upon taking over the British crown. Malkovich's wonderful comedic talents as witnessed in Being John Malkovich are nowhere to be seen here. Clearly, the writing is beneath him, but one wonders why he took the part at all; his stereotyped and unflattering portrayal of the Frenchman seems strange considering that he lives in France himself. And as for the story, even though it's a comedy, one would have hoped for more from actual former Bond writers. If the movie had a better-written spy plot line, it might have been an instant comedy classic; instead we are left with a throwaway popcorn movie that would not bear repeat viewings. Although Johnny English certainly delivers on silly laughs and has its heart in the right place, it fails to make the most of an inspired comedic premise.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
The hilarious Malkovich, coiffed in an artful pageboy and savoring a fruity French accent, would overpower the competition on sheer thespian madness.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Unlike most movies of this kind, which run out of steam and ideas as they go along, Johnny English gains momentum, nudging you along from a few stray giggles to helpless, giddy laughter.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
A comic actor of genius who raises silliness to an art form, the wonderfully expressive Atkinson makes excellent use of those devastating looks in the spy spoof Johnny English, where he turns up as a James Bond type more likely to kill adversaries by accident than on purpose.

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Original Release:
Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; The making of Johnny English; Spy Tips

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rowan Atkinson Johnny English
John Malkovich Pascal Sauvage
Natalie Imbruglia Lorna Campbell
Ben Miller Bough
Douglas McFerran Carlos Vendetta
Tim Pigott-Smith Pegasus
Kevin McNally Prime Minister
Radha Mitchell Actor
Henry Naylor Bough
Tasha De Vasconcelos Exotic Woman
Greg Wise Agent One
Steve Nicolson Dieter Klein
Terence Harvey Official at Funeral
Nina Young Pegasus' Secretary
Rowland Davies Sir Anthony Chevenix
Philippa Fordham Snobby Woman
Tim Berrington Roger
Simon Bernstein Assailant
Martin Lawton Hearse Driver
Neville Phillips Priest
Oliver Ford Davies Archbishop of Canterbury
Takuya Matsumoto Sushi Waiter
Peter Tenn Sushi Bar Customer
Sam Beazley Elderly Man
Kevin Moore Doctor
Faruk Pruti Truth Serum Guard
Marc Danbury Guard
Jack Raymond French Reception Waiter
Jenny Galloway Foreign Secretary
Bond String Quartet
Chris Tarrant Radio Announcer
James Greene Scottish Bishop
Clive Graham Welsh Bishop
Trevor McDonald Newscaster
Robbie Williams Singer

Technical Credits
Peter Howitt Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Kate Benton Makeup
Tim Bevan Producer
Jo Burn Co-producer
John Bush Set Decoration/Design
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Peter Chiang Special Effects Supervisor
Chris Clark Associate Producer
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Graham Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Daniel Sound/Sound Designer
William Davies Screenwriter
Eric Fellner Producer
Simon Finney Camera Operator
Alan Gilmore Art Director
Debra Hayward Co-producer
Mark Huffam Producer
Mark Huffman Producer
Sallie Jaye Makeup
Priscilla John Casting
Graham Johnston Makeup
Alex Kirby Asst. Director
Lorna McGowan Makeup
Neal Purvis Screenwriter
Robin Sales Editor
Chris Seagers Production Designer
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Emma Sheldrick Makeup
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Wade Screenwriter
David Warren Art Director

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