(Samuel L. Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: Simply put, 'Barely Lethal' is an action packed comedy for kids/teens of all ages! The film is about a teenage girl named Megan Walsh (Hailee Steinfeld) who is a highly trained special ops assassin taught to fight bad guys at a school called Prescott Scouts for Girls. Megan realizes that she is missing out on being a teenager and decides to fake her own death, enroll herself as an exchange student at a traditional American high school and live with a new family. Megan then realizes that high school is more difficult than she thought.
Unfortunately, Megan's former nemesis Victoria Knox (Jessica Alba) tracks her down and tries to destroy her. It's up to Megan to defend herself and defend her new family. The message of this movie is life isn't always the way it seems. Megan does a lot of research and watches a lot of movies and reads a ton of teen magazines about life as high school student. When she is finally able to attend high school, she realizes it is not at all as she expected. Megan also learns one of her closest friends at Prescott is not really a true friend.
One of my favorite scenes is when Megan is fighting off Victoria Knox. It is an intense yet exciting brawl between the two girls. I was on the edge off my seat waiting to see what would happen next! My favorite character is Maxwell Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson) who is the leader of the Prescott School for Girls where Megan grew up. He is very caring and acts like a father figure to Megan even when he tries to hide it. Reminiscent of his role in 'Kingsman,' Agent Maxwell believes in Megan and proves that he will help her if she is ever in need. 'Barely Lethal' is an outstandingly FUN movie and therefore I highly recommend this film for boys and girls ages 13 to 18. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"Back To School: On The Set Of Barely Lethal Featurette
Audio Commentary with Director Kyle Newman and Actors Dove Cameron and Thomas Mann