Barely Lethal

 (2,779)5.41 h 38 min2015X-RayPG-13
Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson star in this teenage action/comedy with Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage special ops agent who fakes her own death to assume the role of an exchange student and experience a 'normal' adolescence.
Directors
Kyle Newman
Starring
Hailee SteinfeldThomas MannSophie Tuner
Genres
ComedyKidsAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Dove CameronGabriel BassoJessica AlbaSamuel L. Jackson
Producers
Brett RatnerVanessa CoifmanTed HartleySukee ChewJohn Cheng
Studio
A24
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Drug usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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Miss DaisyReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cute, enjoyable movie.
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I am aware that this movie got a lot of negative reviews, but I personally think that this is a cute movie. It isn't groundbreaking film by any means, but it entertained me and I enjoyed watching it. The plot was very predicable, but if you're just looking for a fun, light hearted film, I think this is right up your alley. Sometimes you just want to be entertained and kind of relive what it was like to be a little younger, I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I think the the main character is very likable and the plot line is easy to follow. In short, this is about a young girl who is has been part of a government agency that trains young kids to be soldiers/ assassins at a young age and she excels with doing so, but realizes one day that she is missing out on what is means/ feels to be a teenager. Mission goes wrong, she "disappears" and tries to live life like a normal high schooler. Of course you can't get out of a program as such that easily without consequences, and you see where this film is going. There is also a love triangle, some girl drama, etc. Everything you would expect from a movie as such. I would recommend it to anyone looking for just a chill, fun night, looking to be easily entertained.
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Michael L. UyyekReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
I am also disappointed at missed opportunities
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The pacing of this movie is a little jerky, the plot has holes large enough to fly a C130 transport through with room to turn around, and most of the supporting characters (including Alba's villain Knox) are somewhat one-dimensional. It feels as though the cast and crew are trying to shoehorn two movies in the playing time of one -- attempting to fit a spy thriller in at the same time as a teen rom-com, rather than a successful hybrid of the two. I had high hopes for this movie when I first saw the trailer, and while I was entertained to an extent, I am also disappointed at missed opportunities... I feel like if they had taken the time to make a full two-hour feature film, they might have been able to fit all the character development they needed to flesh them out better. That being said, Hailee Steinfeld did an admirable job with some very silly material, and Rachel Harris had some genuinely funny moments. I have to believe that a spy program that uses teenage children as assassins would at least prepare them for the real world, where they would have to blend in to position themselves in the field; no spy should ever be awkward, or they'll stick out in a crowd.

Although I cannot say you should miss important life events in order to see this movie, it's still a mostly enjoyable way to shut off your brain and indulge in fluffy nonsense. It is nowhere near the worst movie I've ever seen, but could have been much better, if only given the chance.
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AnnieReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reminded me of a teenage "Long Kiss Goodnight" meets "Can't Hardly Wait"
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I'm a huge fan of fun "YA" movies, and this one didn't disappoint. It was just as good as a lot of the adult action flicks out there, but no sex and drugs and other time wasters in a film...there's other media out there if that's what you're looking for, don't fill up my two hours or less with something usually not very credible and thrown in to lengthen the movie or draw in pervs.

Jackson and Alba were wonderful and the lead kids were believable as teens...now I believe one of the girls is on Game of Thrones, so if you liked Censa or whatever the sassy daughter's name was, this is a nice change for that actress.

The movie goes along one of those cookie-cutter formulas, but also some good fight scenes and some unexpected moments. Reminiscent of 10 Things I Hate About You, Can't Hardly Wait, and that Freddie Prinze Jr. movie with the Josie and the Pussycats actress.
2 people found this helpful
Jessica LynnReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky but predictable
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I watched this video on Amazon Prime as a part of my Prime membership. I chose to watch it because of Hailee Steinfeld, who plays the main character. I enjoyed her character in Pitch Perfect 2 and have also listened to one of her songs lately, so I thought it would be interesting.

The plot itself was fairly cheesy, but that was to be expected. I was looking for some sort of feel-good comedy type movie and this fit the bill perfectly. Steinfeld perfectly portrayed her character who was going through a bit of a rebellious phase after being trained to be a teenage assassin. She was strong, funny, fierce, and quirky, which seems to be something which she plays well.

Was it realistic? No. Was it somewhat predictable? Yes. But as a 24 year old woman, I can say that it still hits the spot for when you need something to cheer you up.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Samuel Jackson and Sophie Turner: awesome!!
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Cute high school action/romance flix. Gets 5 stars for having Samuel Jackson. Just love Samuel Jackson and his colorful verbage. But this is pg13, so ok for the little ears. And the beautiful Sophie Turner. She is turning out to be an awesome actress. So tall and stunning. I hope she goes on to do lots of great acting and become a household name. I think she would do well in action film actress. Love her as the bad girl! Can you say my name is Bond. James Bond! Jessica Alba was ok. Blond is not a good look for you Jessica, especially with those black eyebrows. The mom in the movie is so adorable. But the storyline was a little too cutesy and not really believable for me. But I guess for teenagers who cares. Watch it, it's good clean fun.
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J.W.Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A decent family movie of the "Teenage Spy" genre.
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This movie is fairly entertaining. This movie is basically a variation of the Spy Kids type movies. If you have seen "Spy Kids" or "Secret Agent Cody Banks" you know what to expect and this movie doesn't disappoint. But no big surprises either.

The basic plot of the movie centers on a teenage girl raised at Prescott a covert school to raise and train spies/assassins. The backstory is quickly dispensed with by the opening credits and a voiceover at the start of the movie. Agent 83, the protagonist, is the top scoring student at Prescott and she is sent on a "capture/extraction" of the films bad guy played by Jessica Alba. Things don't go as planned and Agent 83 is thought to be killed in action. Agent 83 then uses her "death" to take the opportunity to be a normal teenager and go to high school, which she has researched by watching "Mean Girls" and other movies. I won't give up any more plot points but there are some clever scenes which increased my rating from a 3 to a 4/5 rating. That and the fact that it's free with an Amazon Prime account make this worth watching.
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SophiaReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's not a "great movie," but it's a fun watch.
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We were surprised by how legitimately "awesome" rather than "awfulsome" Barely Lethal was. It plays a bit like a Disney channel movie, with corny lines and lots of predictable teen drama. But it's also rather self-aware, with some send-ups of teen movie tropes and a look at both being a teenager and parenting a teenager than manages to poke fun at the characters and be sympathetic to them at the same time. Hailee Steinfeld is great as Megan/Agent 83, Dove Cameron is surprisingly fantastic as Megan's sarcastic exchange sister/frienemy, and Samuel L. Jackson is clearly having a grand time chewing scenery and being the amoral foster father/head spy you wish you had. It was enough fun that I'll probably put it on again the next time I need something predictable on in the background while I do housework.
Obi WanReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed it
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░░░░░A FUN HIGH SCHOOL ROMP░░░░░

I watched this tonight on a whim. It turned out to be a fun little high school flick. It's along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact it's very much like Buffy (the movie, not the show) A high school girl is a weapon of extreme power, and has to balance normal teenage stuff against her lethal training and stop the bad guys from doing bad guy stuff. Everything comes to a head at the school dance. So it's pretty much exactly like Buffy, except the bad guys are secret agents instead of vampires. (Gold star to the film makers for making a teenage movie WITHOUT vampires! Well done, and thank you!)

The Oscars aren't going to be calling on this one, but it's a fun little movie none the less.

Samuel L. Jackson is really funny in this. He manages to put his normal abrasive personality into a role that requires him to be nurturing towards children. The results of that mix are hilarious. And he pulls it off well.

It's a predictable story. But it's fun.
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