A teenage special-ops agent (Hailee Steinfeld) yearning for a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls as a student in a typical American high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of being a teenager can be more difficult than international espionage.
My opinion is that if you’ve seen one teen comedy you’ve pretty much seen them all and the way this story played out I could pinpoint the entire plot before it happened. The weirdest thing happened as I watched it though…I was entertained by it. Even through the predictability it embodied everything about teen comedies and wrapped it in action. It’s definitely cheesy but it’s the right amount of cheese. The unfortunate thing about the film is that Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba (who are listed on the cover) are hardly in the film at all. Alba makes an appearance in the beginning and the final act but she doesn’t really have much of an impact like I thought she would. Jackson appears here and there throughout the film but I just wish he was there a bit more. The moments where he does show up are great and push the story along without feeling forced. Sophie Turner was quite good at being bad. Her “rouge agent” character was a perfect antagonist to Steinfeld. Both of them going toe to toe with each other was quite entertaining, especially the moment when Turner “steals” Steinfeld’s man. If you’re a teen girl then you’ll love this film and if you’re a male in your 30’s then you might be surprised that you’ll actually sit through it all and chuckle every now and then. 7/10
Deleted Scenes – About 7 minutes worth of scenes that are decent but wouldn’t add too much more to the story.
Back To School: On The Set Of Barely Lethal – The typical BTS feature with clips from the film and interview snippets from the cast.
Audio Commentary With Director Kyle Newman and Actors Dove Cameron And Thomas Mann