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Published August 13th 2018
Perfect for your next girl's or date night
The Spy Who Dumped Me is a rollicking good time, feminist fueled action/adventure movie, which has something for everyone. From strong female leads to explosions, gun battles and a hilarious close up of a dude with it all hanging out down there, just for good measure.
Leave the kids at home and get on out to this surprising gem in the rough of cinema, directed by Susanna Fogel (Chasing Life and Life Partners), who co-write the script with David Iserson (Man Men and Mr. Robot), The Spy Who Dumped Me really does have something for everyone who sees it.
The film stars Mila Kunis (That 70's Show and Black Swan) as Audrey. Audrey is an average girl, whose life is turned upside down after finding out that her ex-boyfriend Drew, played by Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive and American Psycho), is actually a spy.
After being briefed by M.I.6. Agents Sebastian, played by Sam Heughan (A Princess For Christmas and Young Alexander The Great) and Duffer, played by Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show and Disaster Date), who work under the supervision of their brilliant boss named Wendy, who is played perfectly by Gillian Anderson (The X-Files and The Last King Of Scotland) and after a terrible twist of fate, it's now up to Audrey to save the world.
Audrey needs to drop off a USB stick with highly classified information into secure hands alongside with her best friend Morgan, played by Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters: Answer The Call and The Angry Birds Movie). Kate is a non-stop, in your face, powerhouse of a woman, with strong feminist values and hilarious lines, who brings sexist men home with her to teach them about the finer points of feminism, instead of slipping between the sheets.
Together they must navigate their way through the dark underbelly of bad guys they have found themselves up against and try to work out who they can really trust. But it won't be easy!
Along the way, their unbreakable friendship is tested time and time again, but even as they survive their way through bullets, grenades, being drugged, kidnapped and tortured by a gymnast assassin named Nadedja, expertly played by Ivanna Sakhno (Can't Take It Back and Pacific Rim: Uprising), who plays her character with the utmost of believability.
As the body count around our two main heroines rises, they put aside their fears and step up to the challenges against them - even if that means resorting to breaking the law from time to time with hilarious consequences. Who knows, they might just find love along with way.
Eventually Audrey and Morgan team up with Agent Sebastian, who is an absolute dreamboat, which leads to more deadly gun battles and further carnage when Morgan takes it upon herself to battle it out against Nadedja on the trapeze during a Cirque du Soleil performance. Interestingly enough, during this death-defying scene on the high wire, Nadedja is dressed in an outfit, which looks to be a wonderful tribute to the film Sheborg Massacre.
Also deserving a special mention for their incredible, yet unfortunately small parts in this film are Kev Adams (The New Adventures Of Aladdin and SuperHigh), who played the fast witted adrenaline junkie Bitteauto Driver Lukas and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG and True Detective), who played the hilarious and lovable part of the Finnish backpacker.
The comedy in this film is absolutely brilliant and above the usual standard of most American cinematic comedy, even going as far as to make fun of "dumb American women" on summer holidays, in what is a stand out scene for Ivanna Sakhno.
Unfortunately for those who know anything about information technology, the idea that such important data is kept on a USB stick is unrealistic and unfeasible. However this is a comedy film, so it just adds to the absurd humour conveyed here.
The absolute best thing about this film is the two main characters are incredibly strong, funny, sexy, smart and totally kick the enemy's butts all by themselves. They are new and original characters, written to be played by women right off the bat! I really hope to see more original female characters like them, as opposed to the growing trend of re-branding pre-existing characters as the opposite gender in the string of recent remakes over the past few years.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is rated MA and is not recommended for those under the age of 15, as it contains strong violence and brief nudity.