Review by Steve Duffy –
Full disclosure, I have never been a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s films until now. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) again collaborates with Melissa McCarthy for Spy, a laugh-out-loud Bond-like action-comedy spoof that is so entertaining I hope there is a sequel.
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming intelligence officer at the CIA who is the eyes and ears to the debonair field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). While Fine is on a mission tracking down heiress Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), who is about to sell a stolen nuke on the black market, he goes missing and Cooper is suddenly thrown out into the field because Boyanov claims to know all the identities of all the CIA’s spies.
McCarthy makes you believe that she could actually be a real Bond-like agent. Not only does she have great comic timing, but her actions scenes look real. Jason Statham’s Rick Ford is hilarious as the arrogant rogue agent who is bent on taking down Byrne’s character and proving that McCarthy should not be in the field.
Miranda Hart from “Call of the Midwife” portrays Nancy, McCarthy’s overenthusiastic and incompetent sidekick.
I loved the fact that it was not only Melissa McCarthy in the spotlight, but the supporting cast too. When she is paired with either Law, Stratham or Byrne, comic gold strikes and makes this film that more enjoyable even when it is very offensive.
Honestly, I had very low expectations about Spy, but it exceeded all my expectations.
R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity
Runtime: 1 hr. 57 min.