The Spy Who Dumped Me, 5.75/10, is pure feel-good fun and the perfect escapism entertainment. However, after looking at reviews, this film proves – once again – that audiences and ‘Hollywood’ are not ready for hilarious female comedic leads. Yes, it is granted that this film was never going to be ground-breaking or be a Best Picture nominee but Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon have offered a different perspective on the sometimes tired spy genre.
Audrey (played by Mila Kunis) is heart-broken after being brutally dumped by her boyfriend Drew (played by Justin Theroux) over text. A situation which is difficult to deal with at the best of times is made one hundred times worse when she finds out Drew is actually a spy. Coming to terms with this news would be overwhelming but there is no time for that now as she has been caught up in the international conspiracy Drew left her to deal with. Fearing for her life and not knowing who to trust, she can only turn to one person, her best friend, Morgan (played by Kate McKinnon). The duo jump into action, travelling through Europe trying to escape the many deadly assassins after them.
Kunis and McKinnon really do display a believable on-screen portrayal of sisterhood. Their friendship is right at the centre of this film and fuels a lot of the comedic gags which, yes, may overcompensate for the plot but that doesn’t take anything away from the film as a whole. As our two main characters are thrusted out of their everyday lives, the audience gets to join them on their crazy journey and every fun, exciting, action-packed experience they run into. The Spy Who Dumped Me should be held with the same credibility as the likes of Melissa McCarthy’s 2015 Spy where strong female leads are reinstating the conventions of the spy genre that have become tired and outdated. I have seen reviews of people picking apart every part of the plot – the lack of jet-lag, the lazy writing when their passports just so happened to appear but, I mean, come on?! Who cares?! The makers of this film certainly didn’t. They set out to create an entertaining experience where for 1 hour and 57 minutes you’re able to sit back and enjoy yourself and personally, I think they achieved this.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6.5/10
Overall Rating: 5.75/10