Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Movie Review: "The Spy Who Dumped Me" (2018)

Director: Susanna Fogel
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Audrey and her best friend Morgan are caught in the middle of an international conspiracy when she finds out her ex-boyfriend is a spy and has left an item of great importance item in her possession that is wanted by both criminals and intelligence agencies.
"Women can be terrorists, too. We can do anything we set our minds to!" (Image Source)
Usually, when people complain about how their partner is lying to them, it isn't because they are secretly an international spy. "The Spy Who Dumped Me" is directed by Susanna Fogel, whose only other feature film directorial credit is the movie "Life Partners." She also helped write the film along with co-writer David Iserson, who was a writer on SNL and wrote episodes of the television shows "New Girl," "Mad Men," and "Mr. Robot." This movie is about a woman named Audrey (Mila Kunis), who was just dumped by her boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) via text. Unbeknownst to Audrey, Drew is secretly an international spy and has since gone missing. Since their breakup, he has not spoken to her, so her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) suggests rounding up all his stuff and burning it. After informing him of their plans, Drew calls in the middle of their "Waiting to Exhale" moment and lets Audrey know he has left something of vast importance in her possession. When he shows up at her house to get it, he is greeted by agents and assassins and is fatally wounded, but not before asking Audrey to travel to Europe and deliver the item to a cafe in Vienna. Audrey brings Morgan for moral support, and when they follow his instructions, it puts them in the middle of an international conspiracy and on the run from both assassins and worldwide governments.
"Oh my god, is this what crack smells like?" (Image Source)
2018 has been a pretty solid year for R-rated comedies. This year, we have seen movies like "Game Night," "Blockers," and "Tag," all of which we found enjoyable. We can now add "The Spy Who Dumped Me" to that list. We had a lot of fun watching this comedy. It offered up a steady stream of laughter from both BigJ and I. Even if the laughs weren't big belly laughs, constant chuckling has got to count for something. Kate McKinnon is on point here, proving once again that she's just too damn good for this world. Some of her past projects haven't always worked for us, but almost everything she does in "The Spy Who Dumped me" is hilarious. Mila Kunis also does a good job here, and as usual, is playing the straight-person to McKinnon's goofball antics. Still, Kunis gets a couple of extremely humorous moments where her comedic timing shines as well. Being a spy comedy, "The Spy Who Dumped Me" has its fair share of action. Most of the combat and chase scenes are over-the-top and sometimes ultra-violent to make everything seem even more cartoonish and darkly comical. We've personally always found this type of humor to work for us, so if this isn't your cup of tea, chances are you won't appreciate this film. The story itself is a rather simple one. It might not have the tightest narrative ever, but we can forgive some lack of cohesion and random coincidences where things happen to work out fine and dandy since we were laughing too much to care.
"There's one thing that's mightier than the pen, and that's a fucking handgun." (Image Source)
If we had one real complaint about "The Spy Who Dumped Me," it's that it's a bit too long. It feels like several plot points could have been left on the cutting room floor to make a tighter, better flowing story. Oh, and there are one too many poop jokes. Other than that, we definitely think this will be worth the price of admission if you've enjoyed other projects like "Spy," "The Hitman's Bodyguard," or "Central Intelligence." This movie serves its purpose as an action comedy and can make people laugh and cringe at the same time.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: ~6.4/10
RT Rating: ~39%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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2 comments:


  1. Too vulgar. I walked out right after the full body porn scene.

    Even the director knew the storyline was garbage.
    The director replaced it with low grade vulgar jokes, vulgar language, and nudity in place of the storyline.

    If you haven't had your fill of hearing someone say 'f*ck, sh3t, etc then you might enjoy this. Then again you'd be better off just recording those things and playing them on a loop to yourself.

    Skip it.

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    1. Hi Anonymous!

      Question: is it vulgar because women are doing it, or do you equally dislike a film when men are the ones cussing up a storm and talking about their genitalia all the time? Or, do you just not like R-rated comedies? We wouldn't necessarily call a scene featuring full nudity a "porn scene," that's a bit much. It is full of cliches, true, but it's our opinion that a movie is not necessarily bad *just because* there is cursing in it. Sorry you didn't enjoy it!

      ~Lolo & BigJ

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