Barely Lethal – Barely a Movie

Rating (1.5 out of 5)

Summary:  A Samuel L. Jackson movie I hadn’t seen on Netflix, so why not give it a try? Well, I regret this decision now. “Barely Lethal” lacks in any creative thought and totally missed building off what could have been an interesting premise and money can be the only reason for anyone signing on to this stinker. The movie was so bad, that my wife grew concerned about seeing “Bumblebee” which also stars Hailee Steinfeld.

Plot: A secret organization led by Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson) groom girls from infancy to be super spies.  Megan (Hailee Steinfeld) outperforms the other candidates in her class, and when presumed dead following a mission, she takes the opportunity to attend high school and be a regular teenager.

What I Liked:  The movie employed an interesting concept of using classic high school movies as a source of how high schoolers behave. For example, Megan humorously profiles the cheerleaders based on classic high school movies. The director inconsistently applied the technique leaving the audience scratching their heads.

What I Didn’t Like:  Who didn’t see the plot twist at the end of the movie.  Absolutely no creativity to the script.  The screenplay reclycled storylines from previous movies and didn’t add anything original.

Why Sophie Turner, Samuel L. Jackson, Thomas Mann and Jessica Alba did this movie can only be answered with the word money. This movie made them seem flat and lifeless.