Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon make this action-comedy movie worth watching.
This post for The Spy Who Dumped Me is spoiler-free.
Having watched Mission Impossible: Fallout last week, nothing triumphs the Tom Cruise action sequences from that movie. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018, directed by Susanna Fogel) had quite a few bang-bang gun sequences, car chase scenes, and acrobatic stunts; but it failed to have any big action scenes that made me go wow. However, there were certainly scenes that were definitely cool and badass. Maybe the scene of Sebastian (Sam Heughan’s stunt double) doing a gymnastic backflip was kind of cool; and the one where Audrey (Mila Kunis) pulls out a gun like a secret agent.
The Spy Who Dumped Me directed by Fogel centres around Audrey, who was dumped by her secret CIA ex-boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) and is left with a top secret package to deliver in Vienna, Austria. Alongside her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon), they go on a crazy tour in Europe to run and hide away from the bad guys.
What redeems this movie from its mediocre action sequences is the dynamic duo, Kunnis and McKinnon; their chemistry is what holds this movie together and makes my movie ticket worth the money. McKinnon is definitely the comic relief in times of seriousness; it’s difficult to differentiate which of her many jokes are scripted or ad-libbed because some of them feel like a McKinnon-joke, but some feel like a Morgan-joke. There were certainly many feminism references in the movie, particularly the one where Morgan describes Gillian Anderson’s CIA character (Wendy) as “the Beyoncé of the government”; and at times, such references felt “a bit much”.
The main contribution to the movie’s R-rating definitely comes from its language. There are lots of F-yous in its dialogue; my particular favourite line comes from McKinnon where she tells an assassin to “go f*ck yourself, go f*ck yourself”; it was such an iconic moment that felt so authentic and unscripted.
In order to enjoy this movie, you have to overlook the ridiculousness of certain scenes and just laugh along with the characters. After all, this is meant to be an action-comedy and it is what it is.