When we think of spy films, we think of Tom Cruise and his signature run. We think of every James Bond ever. However, there are only few people, if any, who will think of Mila Kunis. Joined by Kate McKinnon, the two star in the film The Spy Who Dumped Me. The film is marketed as a comedy, but some of the gruesome scenes would suit any R-rated film today. While most of the time it are the men who take the roles of spies, Kunis and McKinnon have to give up their ordinary lives when they get involved in spy stuff. The thing is, does the film work or is it best to just skip this one?
What is it about?
RottenTomatoes says the following:
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
Is it any good?
The Spy Who Dumped Me is an entertaining film in many aspects. It is fast-paced and doesn’t linger too much on the plot. This means that there are some glaringly obvious plotholes, which will make those of us who are quite critical wonder why nobody caught that in the editing process. Anyway, when you don’t think about it too much, it’s two hours of entertainment. The film has genuinely funny moments that made me laugh out loud. However, these are scarce. More often the film will get a few chuckles, as the jokes are rather predictable. The two stars of the film are the consistent factor that make the film work in many ways. Kunis is a joy to watch, but it’s McKinnon who is the absolute showstopper. It appears to be a trend, as she was also one of the few good things about the film Rough Night. Whenever a joke did work, it was mostly McKinnon who pulled it off.
The two of them together are great. It’s clear that both actresses had a blast doing all the ridiculous things required for this film. While the plot might be lacking, the joy between the two is enough to keep you entertained. The film does have some plot twists which did manage to surprise me. However, at some point there were so many sudden twists that it was getting a little bit confusing.
A parody of Spy films
The Spy Who Dumped Me is an excellent parody of spy films in general. Like all the stunts that definitely should have killed the hero. Or the fact that every character seems to have a hidden agenda. At some points, the film even manages to have some heartfelt moment. But more importantly, it just revels in its own ridiculousness. Some might find this exhausting, while for other viewers it is what makes a film like this interesting. The Spy Who Dumped Me is by no means a bad film, it is just a film which is not sure what it is. It is ridiculous, yes. But it’s not comedic enough to be a good comedy and not action-packed enough to be a proper action film. It’s probably the reason why many critics aren’t sure about this film. There is not a good enough balance to make it excel and become more than an entertaining flick.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is a great film for those who don’t take their spy films too seriously. Don’t expect to roll on the floor, laughing your ass off every time they crack a joke. It is not clever enough to pull that off. That said, the lead actors make up for a lot of flaws. The film is entertaining and it might surprise you are some points. Just don’t expect it to be too memorable.