I’ll be honest… I wasn’t expecting much from The Spy Who Dumped Me. The name alone was enough to put me off. And the trailer, well, it was about as memorable as I was expecting the film to be. But, there’s that old thing about ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover,’ so I’m pleased to say I was actually rather surprised. The Spy Who Dumped Me is certainly not going to go down in any annals about the great comedic flicks of the 21st century, or even of 2018 – but it’s really not too bad.
The premise is simple enough; Mila Kunis plays Audrey, a 20-something who’s a bit down-on-her-luck. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend, Drew (Justin Theroux) by text. However, it’s not long before we discover there’s more to Drew – he’s a spy! Before too long, Audrey, along with her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon), become unwittingly entangled in a conspiracy when they find out he was in possession of an object of great importance. Audrey and Morgan are thrust into the world of international espionage as they fight to keep the object out of the wrong hands while trying to stay alive.
The main thing this film has going for it is its leading ladies. Kunis and McKinnon are charismatic and share chemistry in buckets. McKinnon, in particular, provides the majority of the humour to this – I can’t wait to see her shine in a film truly worthy of her immense talent. Unfortunately, the rest of the main and supporting cast are largely forgettable, and some of the notable cast, such as Gillian Anderson, are effectively just in extended cameos. But this is really Kunis and McKinon’s film, and they bring a lot to the screen. The laughs are sporadic, but some jokes really hit their mark. The action’s not too bad either. Lop 15 minutes off the runtime and I think things would have tightened up a bit better.
Ultimately, however, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a lot better than it really has any right to be. It’s from the 21 Jump Street class of film-making, or at least it strives to be; succeeding in parts and missing the mark elsewhere. And despite mainly serving as a vessel for Kate McKinnon’s diverse talents, it provides just enough laughs and actions to keep you entertained.
Reviewed by Stewart Sowman-Lund.