JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN
Release Date: October 21, 2011
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Roger Barclay,
Eric Carte, Togo Igawa,
Gillian Anderson, Daniel
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Oliver Parker
Executive Producer: Rowan Atkinson, Liza Chasin,
Will Davies, Debra Hayward
Producer: Tim Bevan, Chris Clark, Eric
Writer: William Davies, Hamish McColl
Address Comments To:Brian L. Roberts, Chairman/CEO/President, Comcast Corp.
Stephen Burke, CEO, NBC Universal
Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com
The movie opens with Johnny English returning to the British Secret Service from an Asian monastery after he had been banished for mistakes made in an earlier job in Mozambique. An agent who knows about a plot to assassinate a world leader is only willing to divulge the information to Johnny English. He tells Johnny about Vortex, an evil organization comprised of rogue agents from the CIA, MI-7, and the KGB. Johnny only has days before an international conference to stop Vortex. With great determination and loyalty, he pursues the villains but makes several errors of judgment and gets many opportunities to display his ineptitude.
Like Peter Sellers and Steve Martin, Rowan Atkinson has the ability to make someone look completely foolish while coming across as sincerely trying to accomplish a serious task. The truth is that this kind of humor appeals to some and not to others. Those who enjoy slapstick humor will get their money’s worth in this funny movie. Those who don’t care for slapstick probably will be disappointed.
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN has very little objectionable content. Also, Johnny exhibits worthy character traits of loyalty, patriotism, integrity, and determination. However, there IS some bathroom humor, a little alcohol, and a sinister illegal drug used as a weapon by the villains. Johnny refers to another agent as a “god” – in the sense that the agent is the model of what an agent should be. Some spies are killed, but the violence isn’t gory or intense. Finally, there is the sequence set at the Asian monastery. All in all, therefore, caution is advised for older children for JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN.
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN is funny. Like Peter Sellers and Steve Martin, Rowan Atkinson has the ability to make someone look completely foolish while coming across as sincere. Johnny exhibits traits of integrity, loyalty, patriotism, and determination. However, there’s some bathroom humor, alcohol use, and a illegal drug used as a weapon by the villains. Also, some spies are killed in JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN, but the violence isn’t intense.