Spies Like Us

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Released 1985

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Director:
John Landis
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG

Spies Like Us is a 1985 John Landis comedy about two United States government employees that are desperately trying to become military spies. Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) is a data programmer and Austin Millbarge (Dan Akroyd) is a mechanical technician, both of which are complete idiots. After getting caught cheating off of one another in the field operative's exam, the military decides to hire them, unto their knowledge, as decoy's for a nuclear war mission in Soviet Russia. Emmett and Austin, thinking they are on a legitimate mission, by pure luck and happen chance end up uncovering secret government plans that may end the world as they know it. In a last attempt to save the world from sure nuclear destruction, they put their heads together and end up, for the first time, doing something right. They destroy the nuclear threat. This hilarious slapstick film takes us to the obscene and the wacky and pokes fun at both the military and American/Soviet relations.

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  • 63

    Chicago Tribune

    One imagines that fans of Chase and Aykroyd will be mildly pleased with the results. As political humor, though, Spies is an uneasy blend of seriousness and farce--a picture whose ...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Good Landis work looks like a comically heightened reality, and it scores with sharp moments in which the world is ridiculous and being American is possibly just as ridiculous. Spi...

  • 20

    Time Out London

    Sadly, the script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race, ...

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Slapstick, Satire