The latest summer release, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is a female buddy movie with plenty of violence, gun fights, and car chases thrown in for good measure. The action-packed film is directed by Susanna Fogel and stars two of today’s most bankable and popular female stars: Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Bad Moms) and SNL’s Kate McKinnon. The movie has a lot in common with Melissa McCarthy’s 2015 release Spy. This time, however, it’s a couple of fun-loving friends who unwittingly become fish out of water amidst the complex world of international espionage.
Kunis and McKinnon portray Audrey and Morgan, close friends who become embroiled in an international CIA intelligence operation. The film also co-stars Justin Theroux (The Girl on the Train, Mulholland Drive) and Sam Heughan (of TV’s Outlander series) as spies competing for a valuable flash drive as well as the romantic interest of Kunis’ character Audrey. Rounding out the cast are Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) and X-Files alum Gillian Anderson as a CIA boss.
Things start to get interesting for Audrey and Morgan when Audrey is dumped by boyfriend Drew (Theroux), who then expectantly shows up at her apartment in search of something he’d left there. Soon, amid a flurry of gunfire, the adventurous female pairing find themselves flying off to Europe to meets up with Sebastian (Heughan), a British spy on a mission to recover a missing top secret flash drive.
Kate McKinnon is an extremely gifted comedian and actress who elevates every project she becomes involved in, and that includes The Spy Who Dumped Me. Indeed, McKinnon’s antics and one liners are the main reasons to see this otherwise pretty routine and predictable comedy/action flick. McKinnon is one of those rare performers whose charisma, quick wit, and enthusiasm translates well onscreen, which makes it almost impossible not to be won over by her.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is an entertaining thrill ride perfectly suited for watching on a hot summer evening. The chemistry between Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon (and Gillian Anderson) seems genuine, which makes the comedy/action flick all the more enjoyable. The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of those films where plot lines and any sense of real life fades into the background and becomes largely irrelevant. To get the most out of this movie viewers would do best to just sit back and enjoy the bumpy ride.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is now playing in theatres.