Movie Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me (2.5 stars)

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By Christina Nicole

The Spy Who Dumped Me opened Friday August 3rd, and it will probably close soon. The movie leaves a lot to be desired. It’s sad really because 90% of the comedy happens in the trailers, the rest of the film is mostly filler. Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis are much funnier than The Spy Who Dumped Me.

The film opens with Audrey’s (Mila Kunis) birthday, and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) is trying to cheer her up because her boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) just dumped her. The ridiculousness ensues when she finds out that he is a spy and that people are after something he left her house. It’s hard to believe that someone who works at Trader Joe’s would have enough money to just buy a plane tickets and new luggage at the airport randomly to go to Europe. There are a few other plot holes, but they barely matter. The majority if the movie is chase scenes and random feminist statements from Morgan.

The acting was not the problem with The Spy Who Dumped Me. Mila Kunis is funny and she’s had great success with rom-coms and silly shows throughout her career, but this film falls flat. Kate McKinnon is hilarious and sweet, but this film failed to showcase her strengths. Her character is so over the top at times that she’s annoying. This film is the 3rd film – Ghostbusters, Rough Night, and The Spy Who Dumped Me with McKinnon in a starring roll that flops. Is her box office success cursed?

The Spy Who Dumped Me isn’t un-funny, but the film isn’t very good; it’s at least 10 minutes too long. It didn’t exactly drag on, but I for one, was ready for it to end. The ending was predictable and cute, but the scene when everything is realized didn’t satisfy; the climax was anticlimactic. The Spy Who Dumped Me is way less than the sum of its parts; it has good actors and a decent premise, but the execution didn’t hold up. I really wanted to like the movie, but I got bored a little more than halfway through, and then my head started hurting from the involuntary eye rolls that accompanied 90% of Morgan’s lines. I give the film 2.5 of 5 stars.

 

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