When the film title is a rip off of a rip off (Austin Power’s THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, the ripoff of 007’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), one would not have high expectations going into the movie. True to instinct, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, which absolutely wastes the talents of SNL’ s Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis is a totally painfully unfunny buddy, buddy spy movie that makes Paul Feig’s SPY starring Melissa McCarthy look like a masterpiece.
The number one mistake of director Susanna Fogel who co-wrote the script with David Iserson (LIFE PARTNERS) is the decision to make this comedy also an action movie. Comedy and action do not usually go well together except for a few exceptions like KINGSMEN, and that film worked hard to achieve the correct blend between action and slick comedy. THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME goes for lower-brow comedy, that despite sleek looking sets and looks still clings desperately to puke, vagina and fart jokes (in the Amsterdam hostel).
Kunis (the straight one in the duo) and McKinnon (the clown) play best friends, Audrey and Morgan. When the film opens, Fogel intercuts comedy and action. The comedy is Audrey’s birthday celebration hosted by Morgan. The action scene takes place in Lithuania where the boyfriend, Drew (Justin Theroux) who has just dumped Audrey is fighting off dozens of assassins in search for a flash drive that contains some important information. It turns out, of course, that Audrey is in possession of the drive which puts her, and busybody best friend Morgan in trouble. They encounter CIA agent Sebastian (hunky gorgeous Sam Heughan) who helps them. Audrey and Sebastian have a thing going.
It only takes 10 minutes or so into the film when it can be observed that the film does not work. McKinnon tries her utmost best to be funny. Though she occasionally succeeds, she turns out more annoying than anything else, especially when she becomes loud and irritating.
The international locations of Prague, Paris, Berlin and others do not help either and it is doubtful that the film was actually shot in these cities.
Too much time is spent on car chases, actions sequences and killings which are below par in terms of excitement (audiences have seen much better in real action films like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT and the Marvel films) while being unfunny and out of place in a film billed as a comedy. The story with an icy cool female boss or female villain has been done before as are so are the story twists. Who is the real villain at the end? Audrey’s new or old boyfriend? A 5-year old would be able to guess. For a comedy, the violent segments (such as the cutting off of a thumb for a thumbprint to use the cell phone; the tasers and stabbings) are hardly necessary and kind of uncool.
Do not stay for the outtakes during the closing credits. These are just more examples of the painful humour that do not work.