DOG: Listening to the Kermode and Mayo film programme on Radio 5 last week, I was struck by an email from a listener that was read out during the top ten box office countdown. This email was in response to the general critical thumping that Johnny English Reborn, the UK’s number one movie, had taken. And the correspondent had a great point.
Whether you like Johnny English Reborn or not, this was an increasingly unusual film. A PG-rated movie, that’s been targeted with a full family audience in mind. As the email went on to say, the film was a rare beast. The writer of the mail explained that he and his wife had two children, aged nine and six, and that it’s very difficult – outside of DreamWorks and Pixar animated fare – to find a film that they can all enjoy together. And whilst Johnny English Reborn was no classic, it fitted that criteria.