Kingsman: The Secret Service

James Bond gets younger, hipper competition via this suave but excessively violent adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' 2012 comic book series "The Secret Service." A young hooligan (Taron Egerton) is invited by a spy (Colin Firth) to turn his life around by joining a top-secret independent intelligence agency. The lad's recruitment coincides with the organization's efforts to save the world from a wicked megalomaniac (Samuel L. Jackson) bent on mass slaughter. While it's intended as an amusing send-up of classic espionage movies, director Matthew Vaughn's slick film is marred by an amount of bloodletting that even many adults will likely find repellent. Lost along the way is a positive message for wayward youth about achieving reform by learning to look out for others.

Watch out for: Strong gory violence, brief partial female nudity, some sexual innuendo, frequent profane and crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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