2015 R 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 R 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD
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Unassuming CIA analyst Susan Cooper is far from being a James Bond type, but when she's thrust into the field to investigate the disappearance of her partner, she turns into an improbable superspy.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Spy is a hilarious but raunchy spoof of the espionage genre. Very irreverent, it's filled with swear words -- "s--t," "f--k" and so much more, often in the form of extremely colorful insults -- and lots of wince-inducing, bone-crunching fight scenes (including some graphic deaths by gunfire, knives, and big falls), so it's not for younger viewers. There's also plenty of racy content (including pictures of a man's genitals shown on a camera and tons of strong innuendo). All of that said, Spy features a strong -- and very funny -- female lead, Melissa McCarthy, which is refreshing for Hollywood.

Sexual Content

Tons of innuendo/ogling/leering, and characters are shown in compromising, if comic, positions -- as when a male agent has to untie his female counterpart's hands, which leads to groping and them getting into a sexual position (it's hinted that he climaxes while on top of her). Implied oral sex, reference to sex tape. Photo of a man's genitals seen on a camera; a woman's breasts are grabbed. Characters have a drunken hook-up (nothing graphic shown).


Lots of killings and violent scenes; though many are exaggerated for comic effect, some -- as when Susan fights with a frying pan that she doesn't hesitate to whack at at her enemy's face -- will make you squeamish. Guns, knives, bare hands: All are used to take down combatants, sometimes very graphically. People are hurt, shot (sometimes point blank), and die, and there's little mourning or accountability for those deaths. High body count, some gory/bloody wounds/deaths. Lots of gunfire, some explosions. Characters are searching for a missing nuclear bomb. A near plane crash.


Very frequent strong language includes "a--hole," "bitch," "retarded," "s--t," "f--k," "c--t," "t--t," "dong," "d--k," "hell," "whore," "t-ts," "God," and "Jesus" (as exclamations). The insults get so colorful that they're practically rainbows; most are played for laughs.

Social Behavior

Amid the violence, swearing, and insults is the message that if you believe in yourself, no challenge is insurmountable. And in the end, valuing yourself is important both in and out of the workplace. Some jokes at Susan's expense (she's called a "lunch lady," and her fake identities involve cats, dolls, frumpy clothes, and other items typically associated with older, lonely women).


Products/brands seen include Louis Vuitton, YouTube, Beaches, Ferrari, Candy Crush, and more.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking (champagne, etc.) at parties and restaurants; drugs are used to disable spies (roofie references). Hangover implied. Supporting character smokes in a bar (shown as glamorous).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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