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The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Movie Review


Movie Name: The Spy Who Dumped Me

Director: Susanna Fogel

Producer: Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins

Actors: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, and Gillian Anderson

Release Date: August 3, 2018

Budget: $40 million

Box Office: $75 million

Introduction

There was nothing really on TV on a Friday night, so I decided to rent a movie with my wife. I figured after a long hard week that a good comedy would be in order. I saw that the Rotten Tomatoes score was about 50%, but I decided to rent it anyways. Let us see if it is any good.

Story

You are introduced to Audrey Stockton (played by Mila Kunis). She has recently been dumped by her boyfriend Drew (played by Justin Theroux). You are also introduced to her best friend Morgan (played by Kate McKinnon), who is her annoyingly bubbly best friend.

At the beginning of the movie Audrey is pissed at the fact that she was dumped by her boyfriend. So after she burns his possessions, he calls her up and advises that he will be picking up his stuff shortly. When he does come over, it is discovered that he is a spy. He is shot in Audrey's apartment and before he dies, he advises Audrey to go to Vienna to drop a package (in the form of a trophy).

After running out of the apartment Audrey and Morgan go to Vienna, where the drop off does not go as planned. They discover that the trophy really contains a flash drive with terrorist information.

The rest of the movie is Morgan and Audrey fighting off international spies to keep the drive safe.

The Spy Who Dumped Me Trailer

Bottomline

So this is an Action / Comedy movie. I think it tried to be comedy first and then add some action to spice up the movie.

Let us start with the positives. I think the action sequences in this movie are pretty good. They seem to take their queues from the John Wick series but it works here.

The cast on paper is incredible. You have Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Gillian Anderson, Paul Reiser, Jane Curtin, and Hasan Minhaj. This had the making of a great comedy. This is where the positives stop for me.

Although there is a strong cast, I believe the movie does not live up to the cast.

The chemistry between Kate and Mila is not too bad. it is not at the level of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler but it is not bad. I think that Mila plays her character as best as she can with the script that was given to her. Kate plays the weird best friend. In Ghostbusters, this worked and I found she was one of the bright spots of the movie. However, here it just comes off as being annoying. Yes, she is supposed to be annoying and I did laugh in a few parts, but I was annoyed more than I was laughing.

I think that Gillian Anderson and Hasan Minhaj were under utilized. They could have played such a more prominent role. Also Hasan was playing a prick and he was doing a great job. However, I would have thought that his demise would have happened differently. Gillian Anderson is just here for namesake as you see here for about a whole 5 to 10 minutes max. She did not add anything to the movie.

We see Paul Reiser and Jane Curtin (playing Morgan's parents) which is nice but again these were mere cameos that added a sense of nostalgia more than it added to the actual movie.

This movie made money and I will say the same thing as I said with Life of the Party, due to a lack of good quality comedies, any comedy will make money nowadays. I think the last true comedy that I laughed at was Trainwreck with Any Schumer.

if you see this movie on Netflix, sure you can try it out. However, I would stay away from paying any money for it. I think it falls flat with little bits of humour here and there. The great cast cannot save this movie unfortunately.

Let me know what you think. Did I miss the boat? Did you like it? Did you not like it? Let us know.

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