Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Adoption Movie Review

Thief-turned-CIA-spy Napoleon Solo is in East Berlin, attempting to connect with Gabby Teller, who he believes will be his connection to a scientist who is creating a major weapon. They are being pursued by Russian agent Illya Kuryakin. When Russia and the US realize that their shared interests of preserving the world outweigh the desire for the power the weapon would give, the two enemies must work together to prevent the weapon from being given to a power-hungry family.

The Adoption Connection

Gabby was raised in a foster home, but there are some troubling truths about her birth family. (Napoleon explains that when he talks to Gabby about her father “I’m not referring to your late foster father – I mean your real father.”)

SPOILER ALERTS: Her birth father (who Napoleon refers to as “your real father”) was a mechanic who worked for Adolph Hitler. (SPOILER ALERT: She does meet her birth father, but he is killed. Her birth uncle is a psychopath who loves torturing people.) END SPOILER

Strong Points

In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., three people who initially distrust each other are able to develop trust, and even some degree of friendship. They make a hard, but wise, decision at the end of the film that highlights the good that comes when rivals put aside their enmity.

Weak Points

There are some concerning truths about Gabby’s birthfamily, which are discussed in the “Adoption Connection” section, under the spoiler alert.

One character is very much a racist.

One character threatens another character by saying “Any blood relation of yours will be dead within one year.”

One character’s father is murdered on screen.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an entertaining, funny, and suspenseful spy/action movie. There is a scene where a character is tortured, which might be too much for some viewers, but overall this could be a fun one for teens 15 and up and their parents.

Questions for Discussion

Have you ever had to work alongside someone that you didn’t trust?

Have you ever made friends with someone that you initially disliked?  

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