Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Jason Statham, Peter Serafinowicz, Allison Janney
Directed By: Paul Feig
Written By: Paul Feig
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr
After last year’s awful Tammy and Sex Tape, and this year’s terrible Hot Pursuit. I’ve started to worry about the state of Hollywood comedies. Their recent offerings usually start out with a great premise. But then get stifled by a series of idiotic contrivances as the writers try to shoehorn their one note characters into unrealistic situations in order to get a laugh. Failing miserably.
Writer and director Paul Fieg however, doesn’t seem to have that problem, and Spy is a genuinely funny and entertaining time at the movie theater. The premise of a frumpy inexperienced middle-aged CIA agent being deployed in the field, is somewhat ridiculous, but Melissa McCarthy does a great job selling the part to the audience. Once established, the humor then grows naturally from that premise, and makes sense within the world Fieg sets up. Ending up with a movie that’s a cool combination of The Pink Panther, and a great Bond film. With lots of inspired moments of dialog thrown in for good measure, and great supporting performances from Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, and Jason Statham.
McCarthy’s Spy is kind and supportive. She’s well liked by her support team, and even bakes cakes for the office. She’s also no wallflower, and the film’s best moments arrive when she’s holding her own against seasoned assassins in the field. She may be inexperienced, but she is well-trained, and once she gets her confidence and breaks out of her shell; watch out!
If you enjoyed Feig’s other films, Bridesmaids and The Heat, I think you’ll be entertained with Spy. The movie is rated R for language, surprising gruesome violence and very brief nudity.
This is decently made, and will entertain equally in the theater or at home with a HD rental.
I really enjoyed the fight scene in the kitchen as Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), armed only with a frying pan, holds her own against an enemy agent.