Popcorn Addict: The Spy Who Dumped Me
Kate McKinnon is a national treasure.
The Spy Who Dumped Me, written and directed by Susanna Fogel, follows Audrey (Mila Kunis), who was recently dumped and ghosted by her boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux). Her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) tries to console her on her birthday, but soon thereafter Audrey discovers her now ex-boyfriend is a CIA operative. As with many spy film, he possesses a very important object and needs for it to be protected. Poor Audrey and Morgan get caught up in the caper and hilarity ensues.
I had low expectations for this film despite loving the two female leads. My expectations were quickly stomped on given the great comedic chops of Kunis and McKinnon, as they were a match made in heaven. Their dynamic, paired with a well-written script (from a comedic vantage point...otherwise it was a paint-by-numbers spy flick), made for a good film. The film toyed with the standard spy tropes, but from a female perspective. For instance, both leads have moments where they blatantly objectify the male characters--showing how goofy the trope can be when the roles are reversed. There are some twists and turns throughout the films that provide the action movie junkies with some thrills. Also, there were a few nice action sequences that I didn't expect (think recent Mission Impossible movie turned into a comedy), and were well-choreographed.
Overall, this was an enjoyable summer film. Though there was nothing too original or unique about the film, Kate McKinnon is a star and always fun to watch.