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Co-written by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson and directed by Fogel, The Spy Who Dumped Me is an action comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two thirty-year-old best friends living in Los Angeles who are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy, when one of their ex-boyfriends shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action to save the world, on the run throughout Europe from assassins, the CIA and MI6.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of those films that slips through my loophole. You see, because I thought the film would be awful, the fact that it had me chuckling throughout might result in me praising the film more than it actually deserves. If you set the bar incredibly low, when it achieves an average result, it immediately looks better than it is by exceeding expectations. The truth is, no matter where I had originally set the bar, this is an entertaining romp.
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon make for an enjoyable duo of best friends who fluke their way through various shenanigans while being very much in over their heads. McKinnon is a little over the top and cringey at times, although her character is a little over the top and cringey at times…so, great job I guess? Mila Kunis plays a classic Mila Kunis role, as you’d expect. What I like about the pairing is that they both look like they’re having fun with the roles. Everyone in the film does actually.
Most of the jokes land even if there are a few duds and eye rolling moments. The action sequences are good, especially the opening scenes through the market and the car chase later on. I was surprised at how violent this movie is actually. Overall the tone of the film is silly spy flick but it’s coupled with a few brutal fights and moments. Finding a balance between action and comedy is an achievement in itself, many films stumble at this hurdle.
The Spy Who Dumped Me won’t ever be accused of being the best film ever but it’s enough fun to be entertaining for 90 minutes and that’s often good enough for me. I’d recommend it as something to watch on Netflix if you want an easy night in.