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  • Writer's pictureKara Chatham

The Spy Who Dumped Me | Film

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Have you ever seen a trailer that looks like the movie is going to be so bad it might actually be good? That was just one of the many different reactions I had to the trailer for The Spy Who Dumped Me. And I still chose to go see it.

The premise of this piece is that Audrey (Mila Kunis, Black Swan) gets dumped by Drew (Justin Theroux, The Girl on the Train) who is a part of the CIA. Sebastian (Sam Heughan, Outlander) is MI-6, worked with Drew, and is the one to tell Audrey that her now ex is a spy. More specifically a spy involved in a very dangerous assignment that has now put Audrey in harms way. And because Audrey lives with her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon, SNL), she too is in danger. In the midst of the danger, they end up going on this mission with Sebastian and some hilarity ensues.

The dialogue seemed similar in some areas to Kingsman in the way it poked fun at spies, but unlike Kingsman it did not call out spy flicks. Instead it felt more like it payed homage to them. Other allusions include:

The title of the film is tribute to the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The storyline seems similar to a Bond film as well.

A good chunk of the action sequences mirrored those of a Bourne film. There was a specific car chase that looked very similar to one from a Bourne film.

They actually play the “Pink Panther Theme” at one point, and McKinnon describes someone in the room in the same way that Inspector Clouseau would describe a potential villain during that time.

The comedy isn’t constant, which is nice. It allows you to enjoy the jokes when they happen, but you also have a shot at enjoying the spy nature of the piece. At the same time, the story never hits a “serious” note. Which honestly fits the piece just fine.

Overall this is a fun piece, and I think it’s worth seeing. Is it worth the full price of a movie ticket? Let’s just say I didn’t feel like I wasted my money or time.

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