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The Spy Who Dumped Me  : The Feminist Who’s Funny
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Friday, August 10, 2018
Susanna Fogel
Mila Kunis, Kate Mckinnon, Sam Heughan, Justin Theroux

With a lot of action that starts off right away, co-writer and director Susanna Fogel mercifully makes more than just the normal chick flick. When Audrey’s boyfriend Drew breaks off with her rather unceremoniously, bestie Morgan’s around to help her pick up the pieces, even prod her into burning all the stuff he’s left behind. But turns out Drew is a spy. That’s why I left you, to protect you, says he.


But with wild child Morgan goading her, Audrey’s anything but protected. In fact, the two girl pals are soon a part of a crazy spy ring with Sebastian, another hunk fast with his fists and his guns, scripting his way into the adventure.But it’s with a poker-faced female assassin who’s on their trail and a lady boss in MI6 that Fogel completes the team of girls out to make a statement. Where she gets it spot-on is in doing the girl thing with wit in the scenes instead of a heavy spiel on feminism. Like the scene where Morgan turns wide-eyed fan girl and bows before the woman who commands the male spies around her, is really funny. Omigosh, a real Judy Dench, as Morgan gushes with admiration, paying a tribute to James Bond movies simultaneously.


A dig at Americans or a snarky line about the English inventing the figure of speech are well-timed.   


It’s a combination of great locales all over Europe including Austria, France and Germany, plus slick action and snatches of comedy topped with buddy bonds that keeps the entertainment going more than the spy story itself. On the contrary, the spy versus spy part is the weakest and haziest part of the script.


Fogel’s direction has its moments of unexpected, sometimes convenient turns. Like the burly fellow-boarder turning up in the nick of time to save the girls and Sebastian.


Just as Drew, the first spy, found Morgan a ‘bit too much’ in one scene, Fogel too goes a bit much in the ease with which the girls join the spy game, use guns like pros, even uff, cut off a guy’s thumb. The humour also goes into gross toilet humour. Quite ugh.


But Sam Heughan makes a charming spy as Sebastian, very watchable in the action scenes. Mila Kunis as Audrey would’ve been the bland, vacuous chick if it hadn’t been for the exuberance of Kate Mckinnon who makes a spirited Morgan. Her dick-talk may be over-the-top but it’s Kate who really steals the show.


Verdict: For an amusing girlie adventure, The Spy Who Dumped Me gets a 2.5* rating.


Direction: 3/5
Story: 3/5

Screenplay: 2.5/5
Dialogues: 3/5


Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author
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