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Hailee Steinfeld is a teen assassin in the trailer for comedy Barely Lethal

03.18.2015

If there is something that KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE proved, it is that there it potential for the teen spy movie. Seeing young people kick ass is something that Matthew Vaughn has proven in everything from KICK-ASS to X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Unfortunately, BARELY LETHAL does not succeed in the same manner that Vaughn did. In fact, this movie seems more like a cross between MEAN GIRLS and SPY KIDS. The closest this movie gets to KINGSMAN is the inclusion of Samuel L. Jackson.

With a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld, Jamie King, Sophie Turner, and Jessica Alba, you would expect a little more from BARELY LETHAL but instead we get what feels like a guaranteed VOD release. It could be a poorly cut trailer but this just does not look very good.

A teenage special ops agent coveting a normal adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage.

Hailee Steinfeld has had such a promising career since bursting onto the screen in TRUE GRIT that this feels like a step back for her. The release of the film will be sometime in April followed by a limited theatrical run, likely in an effort to cash in on Steinfeld's appearance in PITCH PERFECT 2. But, I do not hold out much hope for this movie or the potential audience for it.

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12:31PM on 03/19/2015
So this is a watered own bit stolen from kick ass 2 when hit girl goes to school. yawn....
So this is a watered own bit stolen from kick ass 2 when hit girl goes to school. yawn....
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8:28AM on 03/19/2015
I remember this being in the can for the longest. It sounded like and interesting premise but seeing this.... yeah.
I remember this being in the can for the longest. It sounded like and interesting premise but seeing this.... yeah.
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3:01AM on 03/19/2015
It looks cheap and definitely aimed at the extremely undiscriminating tween girl demo. Harmless "fun".
It looks cheap and definitely aimed at the extremely undiscriminating tween girl demo. Harmless "fun".
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1:33AM on 03/19/2015
So basically, this is a retarded version of Hanna.
So basically, this is a retarded version of Hanna.
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11:16PM on 03/18/2015
The cast is enough to make me wish this looked like a good movie. I'm surprised Sophie Turner didn't even get line, unless that's her M.O. If it is, they could've at least spared some time to establish that. Even the idea of Jessica Alba as a villain seems like it could work with the right script. And then they shoehorn high school in there. Because it totally makes sense that the Pentagon would have people infiltrate a high school to catch bad guys.
The cast is enough to make me wish this looked like a good movie. I'm surprised Sophie Turner didn't even get line, unless that's her M.O. If it is, they could've at least spared some time to establish that. Even the idea of Jessica Alba as a villain seems like it could work with the right script. And then they shoehorn high school in there. Because it totally makes sense that the Pentagon would have people infiltrate a high school to catch bad guys.
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9:23PM on 03/18/2015

OMG

This looks horrible. How does this happen? This is indeed a step back for Hailee Steinfeld
This looks horrible. How does this happen? This is indeed a step back for Hailee Steinfeld
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4:54PM on 03/18/2015
WTF, is Samuel Jackson doing in this garbage.
WTF, is Samuel Jackson doing in this garbage.
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4:38PM on 03/18/2015
This doesn't even look worthy of going straight to DVD. Perhaps straight to Divx.
This doesn't even look worthy of going straight to DVD. Perhaps straight to Divx.
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4:20PM on 03/18/2015
Jeeesus. What happened to this movie? It took them long enough just to put out a trailer and it's so poorly cut. Can't imagine this actually getting a theatrical release.
Jeeesus. What happened to this movie? It took them long enough just to put out a trailer and it's so poorly cut. Can't imagine this actually getting a theatrical release.
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4:06PM on 03/18/2015
Ooooooh, Sansa Stark without those big dresses. Me likey!
Ooooooh, Sansa Stark without those big dresses. Me likey!
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