It wants your laughs, not your oscars
Kate McKinnon was already a well known name when Ghostbusters released in 2017, but not necessarily to the world of film. Arguably the real star of the comedy, she showcased her quirky and fresh nature on the biggest of all stages, offering something very different to the actors currently drying up the comedic feature film circuit. Now installed into the release schedule on a semi-permanent basis, McKinnon has teamed up with Mila Kunis to front a film with huge appeal and a sense of humour that genuinely feels original.
The Spy Who Dumped me open with Audrey (Mila Kunis) devastated from her latest break up. Left wondering where to go next with her life, she seems to have been left with no purpose. But when ex-boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) breaks into her home explaining he is an international spy, Audrey is handed a mission to Europe, and simply cannot refuse; As long as she can bring best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) for the ride.
Some of the writing is a little over-done in its attempts to seem as pro- feminist as possible, but that really is a minor complaint as Kunis and McKinnon prove to be a tremendous double act. Mila’s extreme likeability is only complemented by Kate’s hilarity and perfect delivery, counteracting any and all of the film’s weaker moments.
The plot is a little tenuous at times, particularly in the European sections of the adventure, but the leading pair make that seem irrelevant. The jokes are nicely paced throughout, holding attention long enough to keep coaxing smiles out of even the grumpiest of faces.
The Spy Who Dumped Me flaws are present, and fairly evident, but the way Kunis and McKinnon cover them with their irreverent style more than makes up for them. It’s a hilarious adventure with real intent, and just giving it the benefit of the doubt will yield a great deal more fun. After all, it is a comedy. It wants your laughs, not your oscars.
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