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Barely Lethal (2015)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime King ... Analyst Knight
Samuel L. Jackson ... Hardman
Madeleine Stack ... Megan (8)
Eva G. Cooper Eva G. Cooper ... Heather (8) (as Eva Cooper)
Hailee Steinfeld ... Megan Walsh
Sophie Turner ... Heather
Andre Pushkin Andre Pushkin ... Man on Subway
Jessica Alba ... Victoria Knox
Bruno Gunn ... Henchman Jones
Dove Cameron ... Liz Larson
Rachael Harris ... Mrs. Larson
Jason Drucker ... Parker Larson (as Jason Ian Drucker)
Alexandra Krosney ... Cindy
Emma Holzer ... Donna
Gabriel Basso ... Gooch


Megan Walsh has been training to be an international assassin for Hardman. However, while she is on a mission, she notices how other teenagers her age seem to be having fun and enjoying their lives. Desiring a normal life, she bails out of a mission and enrolls in a student exchange program, while in the process of being adopted by a foster family. She soon becomes a part of the high school and is subjected to the pressures and life of being in its environment. Written by TrailerMusicVibe

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Martial arts expert. Trained assassin. Special Ops Agent. Killing Machine... Megan Walsh isn't your normal teen. But now she has a new mission: high school. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

30 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barely Lethal See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Hailee Steinfeld (Megan) and Dove Cameron (Liz) Have voiced the character Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen. See more »


In the last helicopter scene you can see Megan getting in the left side of the helicopter. However, helicopter pilots should always fly from the right seat. It is possible to fly in the left seat, but they are supposed to fly in the right seat. See more »


Mrs. Larson: [as the girls and their dates leave for Homecoming dance] Remember, boys... Whatever you do to them, I'm gonna do to you.
[fake maniacal laughter]
Mrs. Larson: Not kidding!
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References Mean Girls (2004) See more »


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Written by Tyler Shamy (ASCAP), Shayna Rose (ASCAP), and Eric Lee Mcneely (ASCAP)
Performed by Shayna Rose
Published by Journey Blue Publishing (ASCAP), Stone Silver Music (ASCAP), Eric McNeely Songs (ASCAP)
Courtesy of CAPP Records Inc. / NOMA Music
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Barely Original
5 May 2015 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, Barely Lethal sounds like a cool idea, setting in an intriguing world where kids are raised to become assassins, and this story also concerns the main character seeking to live as a normal teenager. It's not really the most novel idea, but it could work, if it was smarter or more imaginative, but the result was neither. No matter how charming the tone and the actors are, one can't help that there is still a lot of untouched potentials that may turn this at least a little cult classic or a stronger film. Instead it just follows the clichés which makes it rather forgettable.

This is basically a half quirkier version of an undercover spy movie and half a teen movie. It may not sound so original, but there is some cases that may bring a different approach to this concept. Megan happens to be not fond of her cold-blooded home, apparently because this job was never her thing. She also isn't able to fit in to the ordinary high school life because of her strange and sometimes violent behavior that has grown with her. It talks about how lonely to be a secret agent and also how complicated high school is, but the film hardly explores these conflicts and rather follows the most familiar tropes. And there, the movie almost becomes a total teen comedy in the middle act, where it settles so much in whatever you'll predictably get in this genre. This can be somewhat forgivable if the action movie side is creative or memorable, but it's so underdeveloped, the film doesn't fully acknowledge the consequences the characters will soon be facing, until it actually shows up. There's just not enough enthusiasm involved when it comes to this area of the story.

But then, this is a comedy. Sure, it lightly pokes fun about the kids being trained as killers, Megan's awkwardness in high school, and the parental advice from one of the characters, but that's about it. The humor only works occasionally, some gets a little forced. To be fair, it's all bearable. Mostly thanks by its cast: Hailee Steinfeld helps elevating this rather bland character with a nice amount of likability. She may not convince that she's a highly trained assassin that her behavior has presented, but she still makes for a competent hero for the movie, anyway.

There is a chances that Barely Lethal can be a way better movie than this, by either embracing its larger-than-life world of young killers or work more on its potential themes. But the film decided to choose the less compelling choices. It may have a likable personality that helped made it watchable, but there's nothing else to enjoy in the end. The interesting stuff are underdeveloped and the story relies so much on the clichés. The premise sounds like it's gonna be some cool YA action film, but the only thing it offers is attitude and that's quite obvious for a movie with this title.

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