Title – The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Director – Susanna Fogel (Life Partners)
Cast – Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Dustin Demri-Burns
Plot – Best friends Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon) get caught up in an international conspiracy when they discover Audrey’s ex-boyfriend Drew (Theroux) is a world-renowned spy.
“There’s no turning back for us. We’re semi-professionals at this point”
Review by Eddie on 13/08/2018
From the film’s opening moments, you very quickly learn to understand just what type of film The Spy Who Dumped Me will be.
A comedy freshly minted from Hollywood’s keenness to showcase that if men can do it, females can to, how much you will enjoy Susanna Fogel’s overly violent and long in the tooth comedy escapade will depend almost entirely on how much you enjoy the interplay between its two stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends turned international spy’s and a story that feels like it’s been done a million times before.
Too be fair to all involved, Kunis and McKinnon are the films greatest asset with their respective commitment to the cause evidenced by their performances, while their chemistry seems quite strong, but no matter how good these two sassy and quirky leads are, they were never going to save this often unpleasant and in many ways dull comedy from working.
There’s a sense that Dumped had the opportunity to really ramp up the out of their depth buddy comedy elements within its tale, from Kunis and McKinnon all of a sudden murdering their way through Europe or finding inventive ways to hide sensitive information, there’s ample opportunity for Fogel and her cast to bring home the belly laughs through awkward and highly unlikely scenarios but Dumped is one of those poorly executed comedies that can’t turn slight chuckles into full blown uncontrollable fits of laughter.
With the laughs trickling in without every flowing freely, Dumped in-turn tends to rely more on its narrative to drive it home but the actual tale of a sought after USB being chased down by a collection of good and bad guys is highly uninteresting, while the underdeveloped relationship between Kunis’s Audrey and Justin Theroux’s ex-boyfriend/spy that sets this story in motion is too underdeveloped to matter, meaning the only enjoyment we get from proceedings are the infrequent comedic gold moments from Kunis and McKinnon that aren’t as commonplace as needed for a film of this ilk.
Final Say –
Not offensively bad but so mediocre and forgettable you wonder what the point is? The Spy Who Dumped Me harbors a fine lead duo that don’t get enough to do in a film that is to overly violent and long for its own good, making this experience another disappointment from the struggling Hollywood comedy marketplace.
2 trapeze acts out of 5
That’s too bad. I had high hopes due to the cast.
I was the same, I wasn’t expecting great things as such but with a talented cast I was surprised by how average everything was.
Honestly, this film was exactly what I thought it’d be. For me, and most modern American action/comedies, this didn’t balance the comedy and action too well. The only times I felt this film found what it was supposed to be were during the third act trapeze act, and the last three minutes of the movie where it jumps in time. Those were the only points that really highlighted the quirkiness of the two main characters and where the action helped the comedy.
I’m not to sure I was expecting it to be good but more-so hoping it might be decent. I think it had potential which is always annoying but the over the top and over-used action and light laughs really harmed the films chances.