‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ is a secret-agent spoof that doesn’t suck

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ is a secret-agent spoof that doesn’t suck

Don’t be fooled by its terrible title. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” is the uncommon secret-agent spoof that doesn’t double-O-suck.

You possibly can thank the superior fights for that. Through the first 5 minutes of the movie, the motion was so critical I believed I’d wandered into the fallacious theater. I seemed round for Kathryn Bigelow.

However that’s what makes “Dumped” humorous: Hilarious actresses akin to Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are thrown into a plausible deathtrap. They may die, or you may die laughing. That premise is much more palatable than two hours of lame Bond jokes.

Audrey (Kunis) is getting over a current breakup together with her boyfriend (Justin Theroux) the healthiest method there is — by burning his stuff — when he crashes by way of her residence window. The ex reveals he’s a spy and breathlessly instructs Audrey and her roommate Morgan (McKinnon) to take a little plastic trophy to Vienna, and hand it off to a girl named Verne. Then he’s shot lifeless.

Fearing for his or her lives, and with no higher prospects at residence in California, the naive pair jets off to Europe. There, they’ve invigorating new experiences, assist save the world and depart a staggering physique rely of their wake. Blood and yuks abound.

It’s good to see McKinnon used correctly in a film. The gifted actress, sadly, has up to now been a part of an elite membership of “Saturday Evening Stay” girls who’ve made relatively rocky transitions into movie: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig amongst them. However writers Susanna Fogel (who is additionally the director) and David Iserson clarify McKinnon’s manic shtick by turning her into that pal who’s “a bit a lot.” It makes McKinnon make sense. And this is her film.

Kunis, in the meantime, is the best straight girl. If McKinnon is a type of inflatable mascots going wild exterior a automotive dealership, Kunis is the stoic man on the road nook holding a “Low cost Meatball Subs” signal. They’re a good match.

The one character the filmmakers ought to’ve killed off in pre-production is Nadedja (Ivanna Sakhno), a Russian gymnast-slash-assassin who practically blows up the grounded tone by being too over-the-top. At one level, the murderess coldly tells the ladies that her greatest pal is a steadiness beam. For a villain, she’s extra Borscht Belt than black belt.

However the film is in any other case likable — a feat for the style.

Espionage sendups miss the goal as a rule. For each “Austin Powers,” there are a dozen extra like “Johnny English.”

“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is one of many good guys.


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