Imagine Mr. Bean as Austin Powers in a completely unfunny movie that plays out exactly like Steve Carell’s ‘Get Smart’. That’s ‘Johnny English Reborn’ in a nutshell. No less. No more.
Personally, I’m a fan of British humor – good British humor. ‘The Office’. ‘Extras’. ‘Death at a Funeral‘. ‘Coupling’. ‘Top Gear‘. ‘Shaun of the Dead‘. ‘Hot Fuzz‘. All great comedies. But the ‘Johnny English’ movies are the British equivalent of the Wayans brothers’ movies. Technically, they’re comedies, but nobody is laughing. Well, at least I’m not laughing. I understand that these movies are from a country with completely different sense of humor. I just don’t think that mainstream America is the right audience for these childish, silly slapstick movies.
In ‘Reborn’, Rowan Atkinson plays a dim-witted secret agent trying to hunt down an organization plotting an assassination attempt against the Chinese Premier. Wackiness ensues. People fall down and get kicked in the crotch. Hilarious, right? Wrong.
As one character aptly puts it, ‘Johnny English’ is “a five-star turd.” It’s not worth watching, thinking about, or even giving a big wordy review. The End.