The Spy Who Dumped Me
Directed By: Susanna Fogel
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Hueghan, Gillian Anderson, Lolly Adefope, Ivanna Sakhno, Hasan Minhaj, Jane Curtin, Paul Reiser, et. al.
After being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of nearly a year, Audrey lets her best friend, Morgan, talk her into getting rid of the things Drew left behind by burning them. After Morgan, as Audrey, texts Drew to let him know of their plans, he finally returns her messages by asking that she not destroy his things, and that he’ll be there the next day to retrieve them. Before Audrey can meet up with Drew, she is approached by Sebastian, who claims that both he and Drew are secret agents. When she finally meets up with Drew, Audrey asks Drew what’s going on, and he confirms that he works for the CIA, and tells her that one of the items she almost burned contained information relevant to national security, and asks her to help him deliver it to the proper people. However, before the plan can be fully set, Drew is killed by rival spies, which throws Audrey and Morgan into a dangerous, trans-European adventure where they can never be sure just who they can trust.
This was a fun movie to watch. With the recent trend of female-centric buddy/action comedies, it was only a matter of time before spy movies were spoofed. The acting is pretty good, given the material, and the fact that most of the actors play their characters straight not only adds to the comedic situations, but also helps in showing how out of their depths Audrey and Morgan are as the story progresses. Only Kate McKinnon, who plays Morgan, tends to ham it up and chew some of the scenery, but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience.
The effects are all well done. There isn’t much beyond bullet strikes and a couple of explosions, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.
As stated before, this is a fun movie. Anyone looking for a laugh should enjoy it. It may be a little violent for some, and there’s a brief instance of full (male) nudity, so the R rating it earned in that respect.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is currently not available free to stream, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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