Susanna Fogel (director)
1h 57m (length)
23 August 2018 (released)
27 August 2018
If watching Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon fight bad guys sounds like your cup of tea, book in The Spy Who Dumped Me for your next movie night.
Directed by Susanna Fogel, this female-focused action-comedy follows Kunis' supermarket cashier character Audrey Stockton and McKinnon's struggling actress Morgan Freeman, two best friends based in Los Angeles who are living a mostly happy, if somewhat mundane existence.
However, the duo is unexpectedly thrust into an international conspiracy when Audrey's ex-boyfriend Drew Thayer (Justin Theroux) shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail, with it quickly revealed that he is, indeed, the spy referenced in the movie's title.
During a shootout, Drew begs Audrey to flee to Vienna, Austria to complete a secret mission for him, involving the handing over of a Fantasy Football trophy to a European contact in order to save the world. Yes, the entire world.
With Drew seemingly injured, or perhaps even dead, the women jump into action and hop on the next available flight - despite having no plan on how to deal with the situation at hand.
Fearlessly (or stupidly?) the women go to drop off the trophy but are quickly swept up in a firefight, simultaneously pursued by CIA agents, international spies and a bunch of vengeful villains.
A choreographed sequence in a cafe featuring Audrey and Morgan dodging bullets is cleverly shot, while the subsequent motorcycle chase through the streets of Vienna is particularly thrilling.
Time and time again the women get backed into tight situations, yet somehow, they are able to use their charm to full effect and utilise all the methods at their disposal in order to conceal the contents of the sought-after trophy.
The introduction of assassin/model Nadedja (Ivanna Sakhno) into the chase certainly ups the tension, while the ladies' apparent rescue by CIA agent Sebastian Henshaw (Sam Heughan), adds yet another twist.
Kunis puts in a competent performance and displays a surprising amount of action ability, however, it is McKinnon who steals the show, with it near impossible to turn your eyes from her kooky expression and energetic gestures.
Unfortunately, Fogel and David Iserson's script underuses Theroux's character, and though Outlander actor Heughan has the talent to be a big Hollywood star, his role in the plot isn't fully fleshed out and offers up more questions than answers.
In addition, the ludicrous script loses its way towards the end of the flick and oddly, instead of building towards a big twist, quickly winds down to a fairly predictable ending.
It is also worth pointing out that The Spy Who Dumped Me is not a chick flick - there's a surprising amount of gore and violence, as well as vagina jokes, that not all moviegoers will be prepared for.
And don't even think about leaving before the credits roll - it's necessary to watch them entirely in order to get any sense of satisfaction from this uneven caper.