The Spy Who Dumped Me – movie reviewby Fiona Rae
Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a female-powered spy caper that still panders to the boys.
Which isn’t to say The Spy Who Dumped Me is a failure; it’s a lot of fun. Like all good spy capers, it rockets through nice European locations, from a car chase in Vienna to a hand-to-hand trapeze fight(!) in Prague. There are Russian villains and a dishy British spy (Outlander’s Sam Heughan, doing a creditable Bond audition).
Mila Kunis has had serious roles (Black Swan), but is a terrific comedic actress; she would have to be to keep up with the force of nature that is Kate McKinnon, whose over-the-top Morgan is the catalyst for a European adventure with her more timid best friend Audrey. In the time-honoured tradition, Audrey discovers she has a surprising talent for spycraft.
But, as with the spy-comedy Kingsman movies, the film’s lurches from laughter to graphic violence are disconcerting. Perhaps Susanna Fogel, known for indie film Life Partners, thought she needed to throw in something for the boys after all.
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This article was first published in the August 25, 2018 issue of the New Zealand Listener.
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