Mila Kunis plays Audrey, a cashier whose boyfriend Drew has been missing for months without him ever hearing back from her texts. Then he ends up breaking up with her by text, and she and her best friend Morgan, a lover and feminist and comedian (just like the real Kate McKinnon) go on to burn some of his stuff on their balcony. But it turns out...Actually, you know what? The synopsis is really not important, you know how it goes. It turns out Drew works for the CIA but he went rogue, and he has now asked Audrey to bring this particular something to a certain Verne out in Vienna, and the only one who can support her along the way is Morgan, because everyone else just can’t be trusted.
I pretty much love everything about Melissa McCarthy’s Spy. But since watching it two years ago, I don’t think I’ve given an A+ to any other comedy movie (unless you count Love, Simon, which is a pretty off-base but delightful example), because this movie set the bar up past the red dinger. I laughed at just about every joke, look forward to rewatching it every time, and McCarthy is the perfect blend of capable, profanic, and shy. Now we have another female spy movie with McCarthy’s comrade Kate McKinnon, as well as Kunis (who is Meg from Family Guy but I know her the best from the Bad Moms movies). And I think these two were great choices for the duet roles.
If there’s one movie I can compare this to, it’d probably be The Hitman’s Bodyguard, except this time, there are better protagonists and better presumptions villains without losing the kick-ass violence. I really liked how the two characters manage to think on their feet but are as frightened if you or I were sucked into this out of nowhere. Never did I not buy the ideas these two have to do, and it’s almost inspirational seeing them outsmart the bad guys by doing what they must to dispose of trackers and steal new identities and hide from the villains. They have to resort to stealing backpacks, and the looks the two heroes give each other and the nod first is hilarious. And after watching this movie, thanks to the angle they bring us through, you might feel you can be a hero too if you’re up to trying.
And that’s not the only thing. The action was so destructive and banging, especially considering these two have never been in anything like this before, that it was funny all on its own, also like The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Some of my favourite lines were from McKinnon, such as how her last name is Freeman, and she never has trouble booking anything not top-class, or her dramatic attempts at French, and the Minion joke expressed in the trailer which I still laughed at. Her slapstick stunts, especially with attempting to swallow something dangerous and important, as well as her attempts to either get with or get away from guys.
Look, spy movies pretty much always have the same kind of end-of-the-world-it’s-up-to-you sort of story, so it always depends on the fear you can display or the interesting characters or the humour...basically, if you have a spy movie, you have to pick another genre to invest in, and do it well. The Spy Who Dumped Me manages to have some funny moments and great main actresses, but the guessing game as to who can be trusted is actually severely complicated and conflicting, and manages to help us prove who is lying by inserting quite the funny gut-buster...and the climax reminds us of how they’re novices...but that doesn’t mean they’ll fail. Really, McKinnon has a superb shining moment in the movie trying to perform stunts...I really wish I could talk about it further. But I think a better alternative is just to say this movie is definitely worth your money, and if we don’t get a sequel to the 2015 McCarthy Spy, this is the best possible alternative.