Espionage and high school both involve plenty of closely guarded secrets, group infiltration, and backstabbing. But in the fall 2014 action comedy Barely Lethal, Hailee Steinfeld finds the switch isn’t so easy, playing a teen trained to be a government agent (by Samuel L. Jackson, no less) who opts out of globetrotting shadow operations in order to lead a normal life. “She treats high school like a mission,” says director Kyle Newman (Fanboys). “Her briefing is Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and everything from Mean Girls to Clueless.”
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