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November 15, 2018

Film Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me is too ambitious to fit into one genre

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STARRING: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Gillian Anderson, Hasan Minhaj

DIRECTED BY: Susanna Fogel

RELEASE DATE: August 3

 

If there’s anything that women can agree with, is that being dumped via text must be one of the foulest things to ever experience. When Audrey is dumped by her boyfriend via text she takes it badly. She gets comforted by her best friend Morgan. The two have been best friends since childhood. Audrey is later grabbed by two CIA operatives, Sebastian and Duffer. They inform Audrey that her ex-boyfriend, Drew, is a CIA operative and he is in deep trouble.

Drew later turns up at Audrey’s apartment but before he gets to explain himself, he is attacked by dangerous assassins. He manages to give Audrey a package with instructions to deliver it to a café in Vienna. Audrey and Morgan end up going on a trip that is beyond their wildest imagination. In Europe the two ordinary American girls manage to evade dangerous assassins as they live out a dangerous fantasy of being spies on a mission to save the world.  

The film is confused to say the least. It not only confuses us on what the characters ought to be but how we want to feel about it in the end. It’s not bad, it’s not that great either. It’s funny but it gets cringy at times. It’s comedic with a whole lot of action sequences. In the end, it’s easier to think of it as an ambitious chick-flick cum action comedy. Kate McKinnon, like in all her films, manages to deliver on her thunderous comedic presence. However, there’s a stiffness with the rest of the cast as they struggle to fit into their serious spy roles while trying to keep up with the comedic streak. 

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