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The Spy Who Dumped Me

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Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

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Cast

Mila Kunis – Audrey Stockton

Kate McKinnon – Morgan Freeman

Sam Heughan – Sebastien Henshaw

Justin Theroux – Drew

Gillian Anderson – Wendy

Ivanna Sakhno – Nadedja

Hasan Minhaj – Duffer

Fred Melamed – Roger

'The Spy Who Dumped Me' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 25 Jul 2018

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The Spy who Dumped Me is a sheer guilty pleasure from beginning to end. It’s not brilliant, but it doesn’t fail to deliver the comedy either. What you have here is a double-act in the form of two familiar Hollywood actresses, fuelled by a bolshy script and a handful of slapstick scenarios. Fused together these elements make an entertaining watch, with McKinnon and Kunis becoming a comedy act in their own way. In fact, action parts of this movie echo the likes of French and Saunders. Laurel and Hardy. Del Boy and Rodney. The partnership between them flows nicely as though you’d usually see them on stage or in a sitcom. And they are are daft as anything, running around various locations during their mission as one mishap after another occurs.

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Car chases, dead bodies, tea room shoot-out’s, kidnapping, even carnage at a circus.. the entire plot is like a runaway vehicle, with just as many bumps and crashes – total escapism. The viewer doesn’t need to absorb him or herself too fully in this movie either, it unfolds at a smooth pace and only touches on the one main story (“the drive”). The rest is built from the farce and slick action provided by the leading ladies. Just sit back and let the penis jokes take over.

McKinnon remains the funnier of the two throughout; although Kunis delivers, she just doesn’t live up to the same standard of the feisty blonde. This may be to do with their differences in character traits, but either way the character of Morgan smashes her way through the story with some very funny lines. McKinnon plays her with comic splendour, even in the more subtle scenes. One or two moments stand out, including her dropping the line, “please, just – eat my tit” when faced with a life-threatening situation. Shuffling around a library in a bizarre outfit and then startling two strangers with her incredible lack of French language skills. And then the bits of dialogue in between which glue it all together nicely. McKinnon is brilliantly funny, putting Kunis to shame within the first half hour of the movie. Sad, but true. This is her movie.

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Missing Amusement

The Spy Who Dumped Me is an entertaining piece of film with a good amount of comedy. It remains ridiculously funny throughout, and yet at the same time something seems to be missing..

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The only element needing attention is its plot. I enjoyed watching the movie but it bounced from one scene to the other so quickly that any story was shoved to the back whilst the two women played it as funny as possible. Perhaps the longer scenes between Audrey and Morgan and their enemies diluted it, but the feature was lacking in substance. This was like a comedy showcase rather than a dangerous mission.
Were they so funny it shattered the concept?

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Have you ever been looking forward to seeing a movie – but after you’ve watched it your first reaction is, “..could’ve been better”? This is how I felt at the end of The Spy who Dumped Me. It causes some brilliant ‘LOL’ moments, but whether it’s plot-wise, speed or scene length something wasn’t right. It could have been done much better.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is McKinnon’s movie. The woman is sheer hilarity from the first moment she appears on screen, gracing viewers with a theatrical character who dishes out the jokes in a jester-like way. She is faultless in her delivery of both script and physical performance, leaving Kunis far behind regardless of how much the brunette contributes.

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