The Spy Who Dumped Me - 2018
Director(s): Susanna Fogel
Writer(s): Susanna Fogel and David Iserson
Cinematography by: Barry Peterson
Editor(s): Jonathan Schwartz
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson
Synopsis: Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy (IMDB).
I’ve always been a fan of the spy comedy genre - Austin Powers, Spies Like Us, True Lies and OSS 17 are always great sources of laughter. The spy genre is just ripe for the pickings. So when I saw Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon where teaming up for a spy comedy I was optimistic. After watching the trailers my optimism went down a bit as it seemed McKinnon was playing herself once again and that the comedy looked repetitive and contrived. After finally watching the movie I can say… I was completely correct. Let’s talk about it.
The story centers around Audrey, the woman who finds out the boyfriend that recently dumped her was a CIA spy. Once his secret is revealed, she’s roped into a worldwide adventure in which multiple agencies are after her and her friend. While the story sounds pretty straightforward, as it progressed it got so unnecessarily convoluted that you eventually disconnect from the experience and you don’t care how it ends. I mean, you know how it ends because, while highly improbable, it is telegraphed a mile away and you are waiting for the leads to catch up. Also, I know it’s a movie, but can we act for a second that its grounded in some kind of reality? They want us to believe a cashier end up being the best spy in the movie by the end. Weird qualm to have, but they set up the villains and the allies as quasi-super humans only to be trumped by Kunis the cashier. It’s a bit jarring.
Quick note: people’s injuries heal comedically fast. I wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t important in one scene only to completely go away by the next.
I like Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon and they have great chemistry. They felt like real life friends and they bounced jokes off each-other effortlessly, even when the jokes aren’t great. I feel McKinnon is being boxed into her SNL persona and she is not being given the chance to expand her comedic repertoire. While she is definitely the source of the biggest laughs, she is sadly the source of most awkward silences from the audience as the over the top “crazy” antics fell flat. Hopefully she will get a chance in the future to broaden her comedic range.
With the comedy and the story falling a bit flat, I started to pay more attention to the action, only to be once again a bit underwhelmed. It could be that I just came off the high of the last Mission: Impossible movie, but the action felt slow and poorly choreographed. Not that there weren’t some sequences that were executed well, it just wasn’t consistently entertaining throughout.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is a generic, bland and overly long spy comedy that completely forgets to fully execute either of the genres it strived to achieve. Kunis and McKinnon have great chemistry only to be betrayed by the unoriginal and unfunny script behind them. While this isn’t a horrible movie, it’s certainly not a movie I would recommend paying your hard-earned money on by going to the theater. I would like to see this duo get another chance in the near future. Kunis and McKinnon are why I love movies.
The Spy Who Dumped me is currently playing in theaters. Wait for it on Netflix.
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