THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Family Movie Review

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By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)

WHAT’S THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E ABOUT?

During the Cold War, rival Soviet and American spies team up to stop a greater threat. Based on the classic television series.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-).

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is a clear case of style over substance, but what style! Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) has crafted a film that, a few modern touches aside, feels like it could have been made in the 60’s, and it’s a delight to experience. The use of music, framing, wardrobe, and editing make for something that feels reminiscent of Connery-era Bond by way of the Ocean’s Eleven remake. It’s cool and it’s a whole lot of fun.

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Speaking of Cold War-era espionage, the plot is fairly by-the-numbers, though it crackles with energy thanks to the pairing of Henry Cavill and Arnie Hammer, who spend the film trying to out-macho the other while Swedish actress Alicia Vikander quietly steals the movie as the fiesty damsel who smarts her way out of distress. The action is fun, the romance has a refreshingly lively tone, and there’s some belly laughs among all the cool attitude. This was a pleasant surprise.

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IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is rated PG-13. There’s very little language, some violence (including electroshock torture and dark humor), and brief sensuality (a woman is seen from behind in just her panties for about three seconds; we hear the sounds of lovemaking briefly from the hotel room above where a scene takes place).

ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?

If you take the time to get to know them and work together, your enemy can become your friend. Winning can rely as much on teamwork, smarts, and luck as on brawn.

Looking for another great espionage comedy? Check out Undercover Blues, with Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner.

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