The Spy Who Dumped Me

Director: Susanna Fogel

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heughan, Gillian Anderson

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Seveno Rating: 6.5/10

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon run wild in this fab and fun comedic take on your more traditional spy films.

The film follows Audrey (Kunis) after her boyfriend of a year mysteriously disappears and breaks up with her over text. After finding out he is a Spy (shock!!) her and her best friend/hilarious roommate Morgan (McKinnon) follow his instructions to travel to Austria and deliver an apparently important trophy to someone in Vienna. Chaos ensues as these BBFs attempt to save the world while at the same time navigating the dangerous world of international spies, as they are unwittingly and unexpectedly thrust into a treacherous situation.

This film is honestly so hilarious. I can be quite picky when it comes to comedies, and although I was really excited about this film (female director, female leads, flashy European filming locations, and spies – whats not to love?), I was a little worried I’d be disappointed. But I definitely wasn’t.

While Kunis’ character is amusing and loveable, it is McKinnon’s Morgan that steals the show. She is hilarious and relatable, and is often to blame for a lot of the amusing scrapes the two friends get into. Her relationship with her parents is refreshing and fun, with her feminist commentary interspersed throughout the film provides stark and regular reminders of why films like this are actually so important.

Audrey and Morgan are fairly incompetent, and while they do receive some help from men they are more often than not left to fix things by themselves. You see them learn and grow as people, but more important than any of that is their beautiful friendship. There may be a romantic plot line in the film, but Audrey and Morgan’s friendship is what carried the movie. Combine this with Anderson’s Wendy, the head of the CIA, and her inspiring femininity and strength in a stereotypically masculine role, and Susanna Fogel as a female and genuinely comedic and competent director, and you have an undeniable recipe for success. Well done.

But the film isn’t just funny, it also, somewhat surprisingly, has a legitimate plot. It may not be particularly sophisticated, but there are twists and turns, and some entertaining and tense action sequences. It’s smart with its use of comedy, and is just gruesome enough without going overboard.

So basically, long story short, this film is really fun and really funny. Escapism at its finest. If you love films like the Ghostbusters remake, or Bridesmaids, or even Johnny English, then you’ll probably really like this. Or if you love Kate then you really will love this and what she brings to the film.

 

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