Spy Hard

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"All the action. All the women. Half the intelligence."
  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • 5.3  (40,546)
  • 25

Spy Hard is a 1996 comedy film that spoofs the popular spy movie genre by adding elements of slapstick humor and parody to a fast-paced storyline. The movie starring Leslie Nielsen, Nicollette Sheridan, and Charles Durning was directed by Rick Friedberg and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The film features a hilarious combination of humorous slapstick and clever references to contemporary spy movies and TV shows.

The movie follows Dick Steele, an agent in the fictional organization known as the Agency, who is tasked with finding out the identity of a criminal mastermind known as the "Diesel." The Diesel is planning to launch an evil scheme known as "WD-40," which will hypnotize the world's leaders into doing his bidding. Steele is teamed up with the beautiful Soviet spy, Veronique Ukrinsky, to stop Diesel from carrying out his plan.

As the story unfolds, Steele and Ukrinsky find themselves in a series of humorous and perilous situations, including chasing down bad guys on motorcycles, dodging bullets in a high-speed car chase, and navigating through a laser maze. In one scene, Steele is attacked by a group of ninjas while he is trying to use the bathroom, leading to a hilarious bathroom brawl.

Adding to the comic confusion, Steele's boss, the impotent and incompetent "The Director," played by Charles Durning, keeps hounding him, creating trouble and confusion at every turn. Steele's father, a retired spy who lives in a nursing home, also becomes involved, causing more mishaps and misunderstandings.

Leslie Nielsen steals the show in Spy Hard, delivering his trademark deadpan humor with perfect timing. His performance as Agent Steele is both hilarious and captivating, and he embodies the classic spy hero archetype. Nicollette Sheridan plays the perfect foil as the alluring Veronique Ukrinsky, a Soviet spy who is tasked with helping Steele complete his mission. Her character is smart, strong, and independent, and she adds depth to the movie with her comedic timing.

Charles Durning is also a standout in this film, playing the hapless and bumbling director of The Agency. His character provides some of the funniest moments in the film, particularly during a scene in which he attempts to teach Steele a lesson with a foam bat.

The film is chock-full of clever references to other spy movies and pop culture in general. From James Bond to Mission: Impossible, there are subtle nods to classic spy movies throughout the film. There are also humorous references to contemporary pop culture, such as a send-up of the Macarena dance craze that was popular at the time.

The music in Spy Hard is an eclectic mix of styles, including classic spy movie themes, pop, and rock. The title track, performed by "Weird Al" Yankovic, is a lively and humorous poke at the genre, and sets the tone for the movie.

Overall, Spy Hard is a riotous romp through the world of spy movies, full of slapstick humor, parody, and clever references. Leslie Nielsen's brilliant performance helps elevate the film beyond standard parody fare, and the supporting cast gives solid performances, making this a must-watch for fans of the genre. The movie will leave audiences in stitches with its humorous take on classic spy movies and its unexpected twists and turns.

Spy Hard is a 1996 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 25.

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    5.3  (40,546)
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