This action-adventure movie is largely tongue-in-cheek. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold play spies. Arnold is married to Jamie Lee Curtis, who thinks he's a simple salesman. The movie engages in international intrigue, smuggling, terrorism and nuclear weaponry. In the process, Jamie Lee Curtis, unbeknownst to her husband, and unaware of his true occupation, tries to be involved in spycraft herself.
Some critics have accused this movie of being misogynistic with the hero using his agency's resources to stalk and frighten his wife whom he suspects is having an affair. Others have criticized the film for depicting Arabs as terrorists. Others still have praised it as one of Schwarzenegger's better movies.
The movie is an extended remake of the 1991 French film La Totale, directed by Claude Zidi and starring Thierry Lhermite and Miou-Miou.