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    August 5, 2018

    REVIEW: THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

    A campy summer action flicks overdosed with cliche humor and absurd plot; the feminism-fueled action comedy in "The Spy Who Dumped Me" is barely passable although watchable.

    Mila Kunis as Audrey and Kate McKinnon as Morgan. Credit: Lionsgate
    Playing much like "Spy" and "Get Smart" (the latter two are the better spy movies), "The Spy Who Dumbed Me" centers around some ordinary and average fella or chick(s) - Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her weird-wacky best pal with rich parents Morgan (Kate McKinnon), whom were dragged into serious intelligence run, no thanks to Audrey's boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) who happened to be a CIA agent. After Drew "dumped" Audrey and died, various government operatives and assassins are going after Audrey, believing she has something they want - flash drive with terror attack plans.

    For most of the running hours, "The Spy Who Dumped Me" can't seem to find itself a core rooting nor does it able to find a perfect balance between the over-the-top story and self-igniting action. The film does have a very simple plotting template to follow, but it always comes out with plenty of twisty affairs, unnecessary side-tracking violent and weird geographical changes.

    The basis of the film, is without a doubt, "Spy". Unlike the self-awareness wit and workable goofiness in that Mellisa McCarthy's flick; this is nowhere near it.

    Sam Heughan (Right) as Sebastian Henshaw. Credit: Lionsgate
    The good thing about this movie, it tries to make use of all the elements from a spy movie diligently and with care. There are plenty of car chase, bullet spray, double crosses, betrayal, knife fight, Red Sparrow assassin and Cirque du Soleil performance. The last one is odd, I know.

    While we have seen some good quality jokes in this movie, the running mills of laughter seem to get rusty by the time we approach the third act. Nevertheless, I found myself laughed-out-loud on various occasions although not the memorable one.

    Mila Kunis has proved herself a very reliable in handling comedy, something we have seen with equal quality in 2015's "Bad Moms". Kate McKinnon, on the other hand, has great comedic lines and moments but succumbed to an over-the-top performance and "Freeman" as her last name.

    Overall, "The Spy Who Dumped Me" could be a summer crowd-pleaser. Certainly, also it is a perfect example of the chaotic film which resulted from the imbalance nature between its desire to craft a silly comedy and absurd plottings.

    "The Spy Who Dumped Me" is rated 4.5/10.

    Distributed by Lionsgate and GSC Movies, "The Spy Who Dumped Me" is a co-production of Lionsgate and Imagine Entertainment. It stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, Gillian Anderson, and Ivanna Sakhno. It is directed by Susanna Fogel, with a screenplay, she penned with David Iserson.

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