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Director John Landis helmed this Cold War farce starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase as Austin Millbarge and Emmett Fitz-Hume -- two loser misfits who dwell in the lower ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. Convinced despite much evidence to the contrary that they're prime secret agent material, both men keep taking service exams in an effort to win promotion. Caught cheating on their latest round of tests, Austin and Emmett expect to be fired but are instead made full field agents and ushered into intense training. Little do they know that it's all a ruse and that they're… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Landis never bothers to account for the friendship that springs up spontaneously between these two antipathetic types, but then he never bothers to account for anything in this loose progression of recycled Abbott and Costello riffs."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Landis' direction is indulgent, to say the least, with big landscapes, big crashes, big hardware, and big gags filling the screen. What he forgets is character development, that all-important factor that must exist for comedy to work well."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...may never reach comic heights but, nonetheless, maintains a good-natured charm."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Too bad audiences didn't."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Typical lame 80s star vehicle"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The script is so patchy that most of the genuine laughs are squeezed into the first half; the rest is a rather tacky and confused extended joke about the nuclear arms race."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"The movie has since become a cult classic; one that those of a certain age and gender have committed to near memory and can spout lines and scenes on command like a new Army recruit."
‑ Jason Newman, Bullz-Eye.com
"Often funny film boasts no less then 10 film directors on screen in small roles. Stick around for the Paul McCartney penned title song."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"[An] irritating comedy in which Aykroyd and Chase play officials who are sent on a secret mission as decoys whilst the real spies do their work. Their inadequacy is matched by a jokey script of dubious morals and taste."
‑ , Film4
"Meddles uneasily between comedy and action-adventure, but Chevy Chase and Dan Ayrkoyd keep you watching right way through"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"There are seeds of something funny in the film's beginning and in its premise, but they are soon dissipated by so little sustained wit, and so much scenery."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"nothing more than a nostalgia trip for people my age who remember seeing it in theatres and, because we were twelve, thinking it was hilarious."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Director John Landis likes to build elaborate cinematic toys, but this one is a comic clinker."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Once again proof that life is rough after Saturday Night Live."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A struggle"
‑ Bob Ross, Tampa Tribune
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