Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Spy Who Dumped Me - Review

The strain of forcing jokes can usually be felt throughout a comedy that doesn’t quite hit the mark. The Spy Who Dumped Me is one of those films that tries immensely hard to deliver laughs that just don’t come the way they should. Despite having a solid cast and a decent premise, almost every aspect falls flat. 

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two best friends unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy.

In a rare feat of being far too complicated for a spy comedy, The Spy Who Dumped Me runs into numerous instances of logic stopping points before throwing another bend in as a failed scenario for more comedy. No one expects a terribly deep or intricate plot for something with this premise, but it should at least maintain a certain level of interest between the jokes. 

Luckily, the film boasts two fantastic female leads in McKinnon and Kunis. The film doesn’t boast a ton of great material comedy wise, but the two actresses do their best, even if their chemistry as best friends isn’t terribly believable. McKinnon obviously brings her exuberance to the screen once more, but we are still left to hope a role worthy of her talent finds her in the near future. 

That is ultimately the biggest fault with The Spy Who Dumped Me, it’s terribly unfunny for being a comedy. If fails on numerous levels to produce so much as the occasional chuckle throughout its two-hour runtime, far from a good ratio for a film like this. Without a memorable laugh in sight, The Spy Who Dumped Me becomes painfully forgettable. 

The Spy Who Dumped Me is a film that will come and go with little knowledge of it actually existing. It certainly is not funny enough to garner rave reviews nor bad enough to be memorable for the atrocities it commits, it just exists. McKinnon and Kunis try their best, and get a small laugh here or there, but not nearly enough full laughs to warrant a two hour, jumbled and formulaic film. 

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