BQB’s Classic Movie Rewind – True Lies (1994)

Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Jamie Lee Curtis.  Total awesomeness.

BQB here with a review of True Lies.


I was flipping through the channels, caught this film on TV and it immediately made me feel like a kid again.

THE PLOT:  Arnold Schwarzenegger is a secret agent for a U.S. spy organization, Omega Sector.  However, he keeps this secret from his wife, Jamie Lee Curtis, who thinks she’s married to a lame, boring computer salesman.  In search of adventure, Jamie Lee gets taken in by a used car salesman played by Bill Paxton, who pretends to be a spy in an attempt to get into her pants.

When Arnold’s real pursuit of a terrorist organization intersects with Paxton’s pursuit of Jamie Lee’s nether regions, shit hits the fan.

THE AWESOMENESS:  Movies tend to be a snapshot of the time in which they are made, and you don’t realize until years later why they are so awesome.  But here are many reasons why this movie is awesome:

  • It was Arnold at his best.  The 1980s saw Arnold with many great action films that were high on energy but low on plot.  This film was packed with great writing and comedy.  Sadly, I think it may also be the last really good movie Arnie ever made.
  • Tom Arnold proves himself.  At the time, Tom Arnold was kind of a joke as a comedian.  He was married to Roseanne Barr, and he was in a lot of crap that wasn’t funny at all, so the public perception was that he only got gigs via Roseanne related nepotism.  At least that’s what I thought at the time.  But he totally nails the part of Arnold’s bumbling loser sidekick.  He is, in many ways, the best part of the movie.
  • Eliza Dushku.  As far as I know, this was her first role, as Arnold and Jamie’s daughter, long before she became Faith the Evil Vampire Slayer on Buffy.
  • Tia Carrere.  Tia has got to be one of the most underutilized actresses in Hollywood.  She got to be Wayne’s girlfriend in Wayne’s World and then she got an awesome role in this movie as a villain.  Then she kind of disappeared.  We need a Carrere comeback.
  • Awesome action scenes, including Arnold on a horse chasing a terrorist on a motorcycle.  Arnold kicking ass in a men’s room.  Arnold fighting a terrorist with a Harrier jet.  Also, this movie was the first time I learned that Harrier jets even existed.  All jets should be Harrier jets.
  • Charlton Heston as the chief of Omega Sector.  One of his last roles.
  • When Bill Paxton passed away recently, this was the role I instantly thought of.  He was so funny as a pervy weasel.

STATUS:  Shelf-worthy.  Find it and watch it.





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2 thoughts on “BQB’s Classic Movie Rewind – True Lies (1994)

  1. sirmarkus80 says:

    This is one of my favourite action flicks. Even Tom Arnold was great in it!

    • It’s like it was the role Tom Arnold was born to play. I watched it as a kid and I was like, “Well I thought Tom Arnold sucks but I guess he doesn’t suck anymore.” He hasn’t been in anything all that good since, but I think his career basically exists because of this movie.

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