The Spy Who Dumped Me Review
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon come together for The Spy Who Dumped Me, which starts strong but ultimately can’t figure out if it was to be taken a little seriously as a spy comedy or be a spoof of the genre.
The film follows Audrey (Kunis) after she discovers her ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is a spy and is suddenly thrown into a plot that could bring global disaster. Bringing her eccentric friend Morgan (McKinnon), the two must travel through Europe while evading a CIA agent (Sam Heughan). This all combines for a crazy, action-packed, and oddly hilarious adventure full of distrust and hijinks.
Kunis and McKinnion have some decent comedic chemistry on-screen, but ultimately can’t cohesively create many funny antics. Kunis is much more reserved than usual in The Spy Who Dumped Me and constant kind of looks uncomfortable in the role. McKinnon, on the other, seemed a little too eager and often tries to make most, if not all, of her lines to be a joke. Most of them don’t really hit and will lead to more awkward silences from the audience rather than laughter.
The two do have some solid chemistry with Heughan and Theroux, though, and the group creates both funny moments and solid story points. The film’s humor though often relies on more random jokes and references that feel a little too outdated.
For me, the biggest confusion of The Spy Who Dumped Me was whether or not as a viewer if I was supposed to consider it a spoof on the genre or if I was meant to take it as relatively serious spy flick. Honestly, I was very impressed by the first third or so of the film and thought the action sequences were really fun. I even felt that they somewhat rivaled the Mission Impossible action stunts and even had some solid jokes going.
But all of these aspect lose steam throughout the rest of film and the mood suddenly changes from serious to spoof. While it clearly comes off in the title, obviously based on the classic James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, it has more serious moments than a typical spoof. It goes overboard with the distrust, has overtly obvious political messaging, and becomes a trope itself by delving into the genre’s tropes. The only thing I felt leaving the theater was a strong sense of confusion and disinterest.
Unfortunately for fans of Kunis’ other films, The Spy Who Dumped Me is not one of her best. It starts off strong, but ultimately goes off the rails with its lackluster jokes, spoof-like moments, and forgettable story that will leave viewers more confused than satisfied.
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