The Spy Who Dumped Me

Out Now On-Demand

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are best friends who end up on an espionage mission after one of them finds out that her unassuming ex is a spy.

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Action, Comedy

117mins

Rating: MA15+ Strong violence and brief nudity

USA

Female lead comedies are so notoriously hit and miss that, at this point, it kind of seems like common sense to just avoid them: for every Girls Trip there are ten truly terrible Amy Schumer movies just waiting to ruin your girl’s night. Thankfully then, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a rare safe-bet: perhaps not the absolute funniest or most original comedy on the market, it still stands well above the rest while resisting the cloying cynicism that so often defines its ilk.

As Audrey, Mila Kunis is newly 30, newly single after being dumped via text by her hot, seemingly normal boyfriend, and frustrated with her lot in life. When said boyfriend turns out to have been a spy, however, Audrey and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) wind up embroiled in an international conspiracy and forced to become masters of espionage themselves.

As lady comedy goes, it’s a fairly standard plot – yet, where recent attempts like Rough Night and I Feel Pretty seem determined to shoe-horn suspect messages about women’s empowerment into their weak, weak jokes (acquiescing? Just don’t!), The Spy Who Dumped Me is mercifully free from the usual baggage, focusing instead on nicely staged, fast-paced gags that are actually funny. Directed and co-written by Susanna Fogel, it remains remarkable how subtle and effective a different point of view behind the camera can make - even if the effect is just to lighten the load.

With great comedic performances (particularly by McKinnon), good jokes, and even a degree of self-awareness regarding its inevitable associations with neoliberal #girlboss-ery (women can be terrorists too, if they just set their minds to it!), The Spy Who Dumped Me is elevated beyond the usual condescending fare to be a genuinely fun and funny watch.

Entertainment Weekly

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A mirthless, dead-on-arrival dud.

Hollywood Reporter

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The easy chemistry of the stars only counts for so much in a picture that quickly becomes a hodgepodge of action-comedy gags, nonsensical even when compared to a Roger Moore-era Bond flick, and much less memorable.

Variety (USA)

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With the right vehicle, Kate McKinnon could rule in the movies. But "The Spy Who Dumped Me" isn't that vehicle.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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Light-hearted is the sweet spot for this would-be romp, yet the filmmakers keep trapping its stars in stunts that don’t play to their strengths...

Los Angeles Times

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"The Spy Who Dumped Me" wears its gender politics and its paean to female friendship with gratifying lightness, and Fogel keeps the action moving too briskly for even the missteps to leave skid marks.

Vanity Fair

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What makes The Spy Who Dumped Me stand out, somewhat, is that director Susanna Fogel makes it genuinely funny-which shouldn't be that remarkable for a comedy, but here we are.

New York Times

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At times, Ms. Kunis seems stranded in Zeppo territory while Ms. McKinnon channels the other three Marx Brothers at the same time. But the two of them find a relaxed, nimble rhythm that keeps the movie going...

FilmInk (Australia)

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It’s too half-baked in tone, too tone-deaf in its jokes, and too jokey in its half-baked plotting…