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.
What We Thought:
On my way to see The Spy Who Dumped Me my train was late. I wish it was later or that it didn’t show up because then I wouldn’t have wasted my time watching this film. It was a big ol’ swing and a miss for me.
The movie is really baffling. Mila Kunis has a pretty big following because of hit comedies like Ted, Bad Moms, and A Bad Moms Christmas. Kate McKinnon is popular on Saturday Night Live and some people (who are wrong) think she’s the best part of the awful Ghostbusters remake. So despite having two pretty well-known/respected comedic actresses in it, the film has zero buzz whatsoever. Add in Outlander “hottie” Sam Heughan and someone should be talking about this flick, right?
There’s a good explanation for the lack of buzz, it’s super bland. There isn’t a lick of originality in it and I don’t even remember laughing. I might have smirked or laughed at it, but never with it. The worst part is, it should be good. It should be a combination of Spy (the Melissa McCarthy comedy which is funnier than it should be) and something like Girls Trip with Kunis and McKinnon getting laughs at their crazy adventure. I don’t know if the original script got crucified while in production, but the concept should have worked. It didn’t.
My biggest issue with it is McKinnon. Her schtick throughout the film got tiresome quickly for me. She’s the best friend/sidekick character who goes over the top on everything and talks too much and never sits still….and well you see where I’m gong with it. She’s hyper and crazy and wacky and I just didn’t care after a while. Kunis keeps her character grounded and you do genuinely root for her to figure out who her boyfriend really was and if she can trust Heughan’s character. McKinnon was simply there to make the situation far worse than it should be.
I will say that I did like Heughan. I’ve never seen Outlander and only know him from some smaller projects, but I thought he was good. Yes he is a good looking guy, but I can see him having a solid career in films. Gillian Anderson has a bit role, but she’s good even though McKinnon’s character takes those scenes too far.
If your significant other brings you to The Spy Who Dumped Me, dump them. For a comedy coming out in the Summer, it’s a mess. If it was coming out in October or opened in February or March it would make more sense. It could very easily get lost at the box office now especially with no buzz around it. You open this in a weaker time and push the names of Kunis and McKinnon maybe you have a hit. As is, it will probably be forgotten rather quickly and unfortunately deservedly so.
Cast & Crew:
- Mila Kunis
- Kate McKinnon
- Sam Heughan
- Gillian Anderson