Barely Lethal

2015 "Click. Clique. Bang."
5.4| 1h36m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 30 April 2015 Released
Producted By: RKO Pictures LLC
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Synopsis

A 16-year-old international assassin yearning for a "normal" adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls as a senior in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that being popular can be more painful than getting water-boarded.

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Kyle Newman

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RKO Pictures LLC

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Baseshment I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
AutCuddly Great movie! If you want to be entertained and have a few good laughs, see this movie. The music is also very good,
Nayan Gough A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.
Zandra The movie turns out to be a little better than the average. Starting from a romantic formula often seen in the cinema, it ends in the most predictable (and somewhat bland) way.
burogc First off, don't think that the header for this review is a slam. In fact this movie goes out of the way to embrace tropes. It tells you straight up it's gonna go for the bad-ass action and angst filled tropes with GUSTO!It takes all the awkwardness of high school, and all the insanity of action, mixes them and turns them on their head. First off the "ugly duckling" gets twisted a LOT. "Megan" is an orphan raised in Samuel L. Jackson's school where A is for Ammo, B is for Bazooka, and C is for Chainsaw. Our heroine can't help but exam Teen Life through that training, and the lenses of teen movies/books. And makes mistakes because she just doesn't get normal life. Overall, at least for me, a fresh take on yet another teen movie. Oh, and if Sansa had been based on Sophie Turner in this movie, Ramsey would have been fed to the dogs straight up.
Sancy Jeg The story is about a girl who is trained to be a killer spy since her childhood. She has never seen the outside world. So she is curious to experience the real world. One day, she escapes and tries to live a normal life. But struggles to overcome the new challenges. And how the remaining story ends told in the rest of the movie. I liked the action sequences. overall, it was a better movie than I expected.
sol- Desperate to experience the 'normal' adolescence of teen movies such as 'Bring It On' and 'Clueless', a teenage assassin flees the institution that trained her and enrolls in a local high school in this action comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld of 'True Grit' fame. The premise is ripe with potential and the film gets one of its best lines early on as Steinfeld tells a group of genuinely friendly cheerleaders "I've seen 'Mean Girls'... twice!", however, not enough is made from the notion of Steinfeld navigating her way through the high school experience based on movie clichés. Most perplexingly, she fails to pick up on the 'love is closer than you think' cliché with Thomas Mann doing the best he can in a thankless turn as the kind-hearted tech geek who has to wait the whole movie before Steinfeld realises that she wants him. The film also never quite maximises the potential of all her assassin training with the bits where she inadvertently hurts others few and far between. The fake slang that the teenagers use in the film is incredibly irksome too. There is a great running gag though with young Jason Drucker constantly finding weapons and gadgetry that Steinfeld has stashed. There is also a very funny bit in which Steinfeld and a friend discuss killing just like two normal teens discussing sex; "the first time should be special"! As for Steinfeld herself, she is engaging throughout. The best performance though comes from Rob Huebel channeling Eugene Levy in 'American Pie' as Mann's wannabe hip father who keeps trying to discuss girls with him in detail.
mistoppi An action comedy with mostly female cast and Sam Jackson? Sign me the hell up!OK, the thing about Barely Lethal is that it's extremely predictable. But for some reason it does not lose its charm because of that. I watched this movie with a friend and mostly it was fun to guess who's going to do what and who's something secretly and all that. Sure, when you're watching the movie alone, it might not be that fun, but for this time it worked. If I'd watch it a second time, maybe that quality would be annoying - or would I even care, if I've already seen the film once and I know what's going to happen?I love the twist that there's a teenage assassin who loves high school movies. How many high school teens are there, who love all the spy / assassin stuff? A lot! This is definitely an interesting way to spin it.The writing of this movie wasn't the best. I only had Finnish subtitles so I might've missed a few puns because the translations were different of course. But like the plot? It has its strengths and it's easy and fun to watch but I've definitely seen better and worse movies. The writing in this film is barely decent, but Barely Lethal is still fun to watch when you know the tropes to both action and high school movies - and you know the main character has great knowledge of those high school movies. Barely Lethal is fun and has some interesting twists, but I wouldn't call it a good film. In my book it's above average, but mostly because of the humour and mostly female cast. It's worth watching, if you're into action comedies and high school movies, because if you hate either with a burning passion, you wouldn't enjoy this movie even a minute.