Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) team up again for this action packed comedy set in the world of international spies. But can they recreate the winning comedy of their earlier work?

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk bound CIA anyalist that communicates with field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) on his missions. When they learn that villain Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) has a nuclear device she plans to sell and she knows all the identity of the CIA field agents Susan volunteers to go undercover and track Rayona.

I like Melissa McCarthy and I’ve enjoyed her films with director Paul Feig and once again they’ve both made me laugh while watching Spy. Susan is more of a softer character than we normally see McCarthy play in movies, and it’s fun to see her play a different kind of role although she still knows how to shout obscenities at people as we witness later in the movie. The film looks like it was fun to make and the supporting characters seem to be having a ball. Jude Law is amusing sending up the James Bond esuqe agent Bradley Fine, while Jason Statham has a laugh at playing an arrogant and incompetent fellow CIA spy. Byrne is also a giggle as a vain villian and I loved seeing British comic Miranda Hart in a big Hollywood movie. There are also some good action sequences which manage to be funny and exciting.

However the film is also too long at 2 hours. What could have been a much tighter, funnier film has too much padding that could easily have been removed without any cost to the film’s enjoyment. There also wasn’t enough of Alison Janney’s CIA boss while the character of Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz) was also a laughter free cliché.

Rating 3/5 – funny and likeable but also way too long


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9 responses to “Spy

  1. Good review Lauren. It’s a very funny movie. Not hilarious, but definitely has plenty of its moments.

  2. Hi Lauren cool review yo, unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to see the film as I can’t stand Melissa McCarthy. Everyone seems to love her, but I don’t, since Bridesmaids she been the exact same character in every film and I can’t bring myself to try any of her films even with the appearance of Jude Law and Jason Statham.

    • Her character is a bit different in this film, at least in the beginning anyway she’s a bit more meekier and geekier than her normal roles. But if you’re not a fan I can see why this film might not be for you! 🙂

  3. I agree Lauren, it was far too long with not enough jokes. And Aldo was just really irritating.

  4. I enjoyed this movie. I think I’m one of the few people who think Bridesmaids was overrated, but this one was a lot of fun.

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