Friday, July 3, 2015



Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne


June 5, 2015

Paul Feig

20th Century Fox

2 hours



After the immense success of "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," director Paul Feig and comedy star Melissa McCarthy have come together for a third helping of comedy with their latest film "Spy."  Straying away from being the loud-mouthed scene-stealing femme fatale that she's been playing for the past few years, McCarthy plays the optimistic yet shy desk agent Susan Cooper.  She is the eyes and ears for her partner, the James Bond-esque Bradley Fine played by Jude Law.  When all of the active agents covers are blown, though, it's up to Cooper to infiltrate the arms dealing world, as well as Rose Byrne's Rayna Boyanov, in order to prevent a potential global disaster.  We also have macho action star Jason Statham basically playing a gloriously hilarious parody of himself as Cooper goes across multiple countries to foil Boyanov's plan.

It shouldn't be too surprising that the film is pretty predictable at times in terms of where it's going and certain twists and turns that happen as things progressively move on.  Having said that, there are plenty of twists here that are both unexpected and very clever to say the least.  Not to mention, the movie as a whole is absolutely hilarious.  Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham steal the show and deliver with quite possibly the best performances of their career.  Paul Feig not only delivers with a funny and clever screenplay, but he also directs some awesome action sequences.  Personally I believe this is Feig's best film to date, and I am now convinced that he is the right man to be directing the upcoming "Ghostbusters" reboot.  "Spy" may have its flaws, but at the end of the day it's still a damn fun and entertaining action-comedy.



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