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THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME is an uneven action comedy. There are some hilarious, exciting moments. However, the story lacks conviction and heart. Kate McKinnon lays it on a bit thick as Audrey’s wacky friend. A little bit of her wackiness goes a long way. Also too much is the movie’s frequent R-rated foul language, which comes with more than 50 light profanities, one of the highest numbers in 21 years. Finally, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME contains intense violence, brief innuendo and a scene with excessive male nudity that’s meant for laughs.
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME is a frenetic action comedy about two single women who get involved in an international spy caper involving terrorists when one of the women learns that her former boyfriend is really a CIA agent. THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME has some exciting, hilarious moments in a plot about stopping terrorists, but it keeps trying too hard, has some uneven performances, and contains abundant R-rated foul language, intense violence, brief innuendo, and a scene with excessive nudity that’s meant for laughs.
Mila Kunis of the BAD MOMS movies stars in this movie as Audrey, who’s upset that her boyfriend of one year, Drew, suddenly left town without saying anything, leaving behind his things. While she’s celebrating her birthday, Audrey’s wacky friend, Morgan (played by Kate McKinnon), urges Audrey to burn Drew’s stuff in retaliation when they return home.
At the very same time, Drew is in Lithuania trying to survive some thugs with guns and other weapons trying to kill him. After lots of fighting, running, killing, and jumping, Drew manages to get away and call Audrey, telling her he’s flying home right away.
The next day, two British spies waylay Audrey at work and tell her Drew is actually a CIA agent. She lies to them about Drew telling her he’s coming home. Back at her apartment, Audrey finds out Morgan is letting the Eastern European guy she met the night before shower at their place. Drew shows up, and the apartment is suddenly awash in gunfire as the guy in the shower starts attacking Drew. Morgan runs head first into the guy, and he tumbles to his death off the apartment balcony.
Fatally wounded, Drew entrusts Audrey with a trophy he won, which contains some important spy information. He tells her to fly to Paris and give the trophy to someone named Vern in a Paris café. Drew tells Audrey not to trust anyone.
Audrey and Morgan escape the apartment in Audrey’s car. Morgan says they have to fly to Paris, but Audrey is reluctant because of the danger. So, Morgan asks her if she’d rather die without having gone to Paris or go to Paris and die there? “Why are those my only two choices?” Audrey asks in one of the movie’s funnier lines.
In Paris, Audrey and Morgan carry a small piece of luggage filled with all sorts of trophies, including the one Drew gave Audrey, and enter the café. However, the café is full of spies, including the handsome blonde one from Britain that Audrey met in America. A massive gunfight breaks out, and Audrey and Morgan’s Parisian spy vacation turns into a deadly adventure with lots of twists and more mayhem.
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME is an uneven action comedy. There are some hilarious, exciting moments. However, the script and story lack conviction and heart, and some of the twists don’t make much sense. Also, Kate McKinnon (who can be funny and even endearing) lays it on a bit thick as Audrey’s wacky female friend. Her comedy, and the movie’s action scenes and plot twists, get to be too much after a while. The filmmakers also make the sound effects, including the gunshots, too loud. If that weren’t enough, the movie inserts about three brief flashbacks to how Audrey and Drew met during her last birthday celebration. The reason for these digressions become somewhat clear at the end, but these scenes are still rather superfluous.
Also, too much in THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME is the movie’s constant R-rated foul language, which almost starts right from the very beginning. In addition, there’s some intense action violence, brief innuendo, and a scene with extreme male nudity that’s meant to get some laughs. It’s the foul language that’s truly annoying. Besides all the “f” words, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME contains one of the highest amounts of light profanities in the last 21 years, more than 50. That’s not an achievement to instill any pride.
So, despite some positive moral, patriotic elements, a few good laughs and some exciting bits, THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME is more annoying than truly enjoyable. The foul language is gratuitous and clearly unacceptable.