By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
As is often the case, I grab whatever film the writers collectively show the most disinterest in, and 9 times out of 10, that disinterest is very, very well-earned.
I died so they could live.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is about a young woman (Mila Kunis) who finds out that her ex-boyfriend was a spy who returns to send her on a dangerous European mission along with her quirky friend (Kate McKinnon).
As middle of the road as that title and plotline suggest, I’m happy (much for my own sake) to report that The Spy Who Dumped Me is actually pretty damn entertaining. A great deal of that fact can be attributed to Kate McKinnon, who gets to let that freak flag fly as only she can in glorious fashion. She puts her unique mark on every single scene she’s in, displaying great chemistry with Kunis, who plays a much more straight man role- somebody needs to.
The other ace up this film’s sleeve is the surprisingly excellent action from Susanna Fogel, who’s only other directorial credit was 2014’s Life Partners.
Which had as a part of it’s cast… Kate McKinnon!
So now I have to watch this.
That bone-crunching and always legible action (which is more than many a Hollywood action director can boast these days) is often used as a setup to some quite dark punchlines as well. If that’s your style of humor, you’ll get your share of laughs as I did.
The Spy Who Dumped Me wears its influence on its sleeves, namely a lot of Broad City, a little 21 Jump Street Tatum Hill edition, and maybe some Spy. This isn’t necessarily all bad, of course, but there’s a distinct whiff of familiarity to much of what works in this film.
The barely post-credits sequel-teasing stinger is pretty lackluster and leaves a mediocre taste in your mouth that the rest of the film doesn’t deserve. That’s definitely not to say that I wouldn’t watch a sequel to this, however.
The Spy Who Dumped Me has the right mix of lead chemistry, well-executed action, and a whole lot of Kate McKinnon bizarrity to be worth your theater ducats.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: whenever Kate McKinnon makes a weird noise or face (may be lethal)
Take a Drink: for each new European city visited
Take a Drink: whenever Harvard is mentioned
Do a Shot: every time one of the girls kill somebody