Well, at least I’ll stop seeing the trailer.
The story looks like it’s about a woman who was recently dumped by her boyfriend. After moving on after a time, he reenters her life and is revealed to be a spy. This leads to her and her best friend to get caught up in a mission.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Mila Kunis (BAD MOMS X-MAS , BAD MOMS , and the upcoming WONDER PARK ), Kate McKinnon (FERDINAND , MASTERMINDS , and SISTERS ), Justin Theroux (LEGO NINJAGO , GIRL ON THE TRAIN , and upcoming films BUMBLEBEE  and ON THE BASIS OF SEX ), Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES [1993 – ongoing], and the upcoming UFO ), and Sam Heughan (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of, and the upcoming BLOODSHOT ).
Now for the crew. Directing and co-writing is Susanna Fogel, known for stuff I’ve never seen or heard of. Fogel’s partner-in-pen is David Iserson, known for 1 episode of UP ALL NIGHT (2011 – 2012) and 4 episodes of UNITED STATES OF TARA (2009 – 2011). Composing the score is Tyler Bates, known for DEADPOOL 2 (2018) and JOHN WICK 2 (2017). Composing the score is Barry Peterson, known for GAME NIGHT (2018), THE SPACE BETWEEN US (2017), CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016), VACATION (2015), and upcoming films GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018) and SUPERINTELLIGENCE (2019). Finally, the editor is Jonathan Schwartz, known for MIKE AND DAVE (2016), and the upcoming STUBOR (2019).
While I like Mila Kunis fine enough, I absolutely do not like Kate McKinnon. I’ve ranted about her before, but for those in the back… she’s not funny. There, I said it. She’s just not. Look, I don’t watch SNL, so I can’t attest to her comedic talents there, but whatever popularity she garnered, it’s not translated well into her film career. I’ve literally seen no movie where she was funny. The closest was ROUGH NIGHT (2017) and even that was simply that she had funny reactions. Beyond that, I don’t get it. I’d believe you if you told me she’s funny on SNL, but I’ve not liked her film work. On the whole though… I don’t know, I think parts of this movie will get a laugh. I can’t imagine it being so ineptly unfunny, but I doubt it’s going to be the best comedy of the year. But let’s see if I’m proven wrong.
This is my honest opinion of: THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
A year ago, Audrey (Mila Kunis) met Drew (Justin Theroux), who is secretly an agent for the CIA, and fell in love. A year later, he dumps her over a text and proceeds to try and move on from him with the help of her long time best friend, Morgan (Kate McKinnon). When the cat gets out of the bag about who Drew is, which gets him killed right in front of her, he leaves her a simple trophy, which contains secret information that must be delivered to the right hands and tells her to not trust anyone, including those that claim to be with the CIA.
Man, it’s hasn’t been that long since I saw this and I’m already forgetting about it. This is likely because prior to seeing the movie, and in my dismay of seeing it at all, I was getting hammered at the bar inside the theater. With luck, I would have been drunk enough to enjoy myself. I must have enjoyed myself too much because I don’t quite remember the movie. I remember it being not especially funny and not especially unfunny. But I will jot down what I do remember.
Once again, McKinnon maintains her streak of not being funny. She just seems like that actress who is constantly trying not to laugh during takes and almost looks awkward on camera; IE, not comfortable. This is very frustrating to me because she is so popular on SNL, sources claimed that she’d be the scene-stealer in GHOSTBUSTERS (2016), which she wasn’t, and critics are apparently praising her performance here, which I can’t agree with. What is everyone seeing?! I guess if I had to pick the role that was her “best performance,” I would choose this, but that’s not saying much given her track record. Not a single line landed and made me laugh here. At least, not from her. Oh, and Morgan’s last name is Freeman. Did you know that? No? Why would you, I know, but this movie saves it like it’s a huge thing and a drawn out joke where she says that she can get a reservation anywhere she wants. Hilarious… *sarcasm*
Also, twist villains. If I can’t stand them in Disney films, then I sure as hell can’t stand them in my adult comedies. And whose fucking idea was it to have this be a two hour flick?! Jesus Christ!
With all that said, I have a few positives to throw out there.
The action scenes are surprisingly legit. Like, real spy, action movie type shit going on. I was rather floored. In a sea of utter mediocrity, this was a jolt of energy that was sorely needed to get me through. I was mostly okay with Kunis’ acting, and I admit to liking the interrogation scene. Could have been done better, but I accepted the one crowning jewel in this movie.
If there was anything in this movie that I would change, I would have written Morgan’s character to be the opposite of how she was presented. Like, she’s the crazy bitch who gets a thrill out of the life-or-death situation they’re in. She’s an even better shot than Audrey and gets a sick sense of excitement in a firefight, and during the interrogation scene with Nadedja (Ivanna Sakhno), she wants to be interrogated. Like, she wants her threshold for pain to be tested, constantly challenging Nadedja to do her worst. She wants the life of a spy as the events play out. Beyond that, I don’t know. McKinnon has all the hallmarks of a fun actress, but no one knows how to write for her.
Overall, this was not a good movie. Not the worst, but I didn’t have a whole lot of fun with it. I’ve seen worse, but I’ve seen so much better. As a recommendation, I say it’s a pass. Maybe not the hardest of hard passes, but if you decided to skip on it entirely, you’re not missing anything. Definitely don’t see it in theaters, and I don’t recommend it on Netflix, or Red Box, nothing. Minimum laughs. Maximum forgetfulness.
My honest rating for THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME: a weak 3/5
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