“The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Is A Mixed Bag of Humor

Photo by Hopper Stone: Hopper Stone, SMPSP - © Lionsgate Entertainment
Photo by Hopper Stone: Hopper Stone, SMPSP – © Lionsgate Entertainment

On one hand, The Spy Who Dumped Me is quite funny and dry, which makes it even funnier. On the other hand, there are moments that feel forced and the joke fails to deliver.

The Spy Who Dumped Me is the story of Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two best friends who find themselves in the middle of an international fiasco. After the death of Audrey’s ex-boyfriend, who just dumped her, she learns about some secrets and has to make quick decisions without getting herself, and her friend, killed. What ensues is an absurd caper that turns the entire spy genre on its head. From shootouts to car chases, to intermingling intelligence and criminal syndicates, and the art of disguise and acrobatics, The Spy Who Dumped Me does quite well in following traditional elements audiences are familiar with in spy movies. And, to the film’s credit, it is a fun ride to watch two characters being none the wiser and improvising as they go along.

Mila Kunis does well playing the lead in this, but it is Kate McKinnon who stands out as the ridiculous, unwitting friend who, in many ways, is along for the ride. If you are familiar with Kate McKinnon’s comedy and her work on Saturday Night Live, her character is very much the same here. And it works. Some of the funniest lines and events in the film are due to McKinnon’s delivery, or her body and facial movements.

Unfortunately, not every joke or interaction works in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Much like other comedies earlier this year, such as Game Night and Blockers, this is an adult comedy for mature audiences. Unlike those films, however, it isn’t always self-aware. There are some scenes that feel unnecessary, or what you see on the screen is gratuitous. Sometimes it drags on and dwells on a joke for too long.

The Spy Who Dumped Me has its place in comedy, and audiences will be able to find fun and enjoyment out of it. But, compared to what has already released this year, it is unremarkable. Kate McKinnon’s performance stands out, although it isn’t enough to carry the film. It is a mixed bag of humor that most of us will soon forget about.

 

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