Vic's Flick Picks
The Spy Who Dumped Me
(2 1/2 popcorn boxes)
This movie goes wrong in so many ways… and yet, I laughed. Many times. So how could it be borderline boring? Lazy writing.
Audrey (Mila Kunis) is an ordinary cashier at a random Trader Joe’s-like organic store. She is sad because her boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) dumped her via text. Her best friend is Morgan (Kate McKinnon) and she is the best reason to watch The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Audrey finds out Drew is a spy; Drew asks Audrey to take a package to Vienna; Morgan and Audrey go to Vienna; and other European places I can’t remember; All the spies are trying to take the package; Morgan and Audrey elude them, mostly. This is pretty much every spy comedy you’ve ever seen only with women instead of say… I don’t know… Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd maybe?
Sadly, Mila Kunis is vastly underutilized. Mostly she looks beautiful and runs around screaming “Oh my god!” – it becomes tedious. By the time the numerous bad guys are vanquished we had forgotten why they were even in this mess.
However, there are several good laughs and most of them come from the antics of Kate McKinnon. She is as frenetic and over-the-top as Robin Williams ever was and honestly, this movie would have only gotten one box from me without her.
I especially enjoyed her turn as a member of the Cirque du Solei troupe…hilarious. And her phone calls to her mom (Jane Curtin) and dad (Paul Reiser) are hysterical.
Two and a half boxes out of five for The Spy Who Dumped Me. It was a pleasant diversion if you paid no attention to the actual logistics of a cashier jetting to Europe and stepping into the profile of a super spy. I don’t believe this is destined to become a comedy classic. McKinnon, however… she needs to be in better films. Maybe I’ll watch Ghostbusters 2016 again. She was the best part of that movie, too. The Spy Who Dumped Me is rated R for violence, language, nudity and other goodies. Absolutely no one under 18.
Check this week’s issue of the Frankenmuth News for a complete listing of shows and times.
Mila Kunis. One of my favorites. I think I fell in love with her in this 2008 comedy written by and starring Jason Segel.
LAST WEEK’S MOVIE TRIVIA
In the original Mission: Impossible (1996) we watch in horror during the first 30 minutes as a MIF agent dies….that agent was played by this uncredited actor. Emilio Estevez.