Spy Hard

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Buena Vista Released 1996

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Director:
Rick Friedberg
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG-13

Spy Hard is a comedy film that combines Get Smart and James Bond. Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 (Leslie Nielsen), retired from the agency after killing General Rancor (Andy Griffith) years before, lives in a semi-normal world and still dreams of being a spy. An old spy friend, Steven Bishop (Robert Guillaume), informs Steel that General Rancor is not dead but is in fact still alive and evil. Rancor has kidnapped Prof. Ukrinsky (Elya Baskin), the inventor of a secret computer chip, and Victoria (Stephanie Romano), his secretary. Steele learns that if Rancor gets his hand on the chip, he could use it to rule the world. WD-40 decides to come out of retirement and The Director (Charles Durning) immediately assigns him the case and a new partner, Veronique Ukrinsky Agent 3.14 (Nicollette Sheridana), a KGB Agent and daughter of Prof. Ukrinsky. Steele flirts with his old desire, Miss Cheevus (Marcia Gay Harden), The Director's secretary, just before departing for Evil Island. Rancor sends beautiful Alexis (Alexandra Paul) to intercept and kill Steele by luring him to her bedroom. Steele escapes and along with Agent 3.14, he soon finds Rancor, who also managed to kidnap Miss Cheevus. Steele learns that he was the one responsible for severing the General's arms years ago, which fuels the General's anger to rule the world. Viewers then find out if Steele has the wit to rescue the victims, capture the General and save the human race or if his incompetence will doom the world.

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Instead of building sustained comic set pieces, it takes a machine-gun approach to humor. Without looking at where it's aiming, it opens fire and sprays comic bullets in all direct...

  • 30

    Variety

    The picture that will test the durability of Leslie Nielsen's lowbrow franchise -- and proves the talent of the regrettably absent Zucker brothers-Jim Abrahams team --Spy Hard stic...

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times

    It could have used several more passes on the screenplay to strengthen the gags and flesh out the characters.

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  • Looks like those 2 imfamously bad directors actually got their job right with this movie

    9.0
    Although most of the movies Mr. Friedberg and his friend Aaron directed were bad, I really enjoyed this one. Probally their best in their history of film making.

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Satire, Crime