Movie review: ‘My Spy’ is formulaic fluff

  • Chloe Coleman and Dave Bautista in, 'My Spy.' (STX Entertainment/TNS)

The “big man, little kid” comedy genre is a time-honored tradition and a seemingly required rite of passage for any professional wrestler making their way into more mainstream Hollywood roles. The trend was popularized with Hulk Hogan, in the likes of “Suburban Commando” and “Mr. Nanny,” and almost every current wrestling-turned-movie star these days has done their duty in these kiddie comedies, which are an opportunity for easy, size-based laughs and a chance to appeal to a broader fan base. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had his turn with “Tooth Fairy,” John Cena did his time in “Playing with Fire,” and now Dave Bautista has “My Spy,” coming to Amazon Prime Video after its theatrical release became one of the first cinematic victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.