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Atkinson shines as Johnny English Reborn

Lots of silliness, but a solid cast produces some good laughs


Rowan Atkinson doesn’t need a gargantuan budget to be funny. (Remember Mr. Bean or the Blackadder series?) Oliver Parker’s Johnny English Reborn, the sequel to Peter Howitt’s 2003 English debut, reinstates English as an MI7 agent after his five-year retreat as a Tibetan monk. His mission: to stop Vortex, a CIA-MI7-KGB assassination trio, from killing the Chinese premier with their “secret weapon." Meanwhile, a manic, old assassin---usually disguised as a cleaning lady---is hunting English (an unfortunate recurring joke). Gillian Anderson as Pamela, the new head of British Intelligence, and Rosamund Pike as behavioural psychologist Kate, English’s love interest, are part of a surprisingly solid cast. Too many jokes revolve around men getting hit in the groin---a cheap laugh, at best---but thankfully, silly Atkinson shines through, making for some genuinely funny moments.

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Johnny English Reborn

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Director: Oliver Parker

Writer: Hamish McColl and Neal Purvis

Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Chris Clark

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West, Gillian Anderson, Rosamund Pike, Burn Gorman, Mark Ivanir, Togo Igawa, Joséphine de La Baume, Daniel Kaluuya and Mandi Sidhu


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