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Action -Comedy, Action -Spies

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

Duration1h 57m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyA not very original screenplay
DirectorSusanna Fogel
Writers/ScriptSusanna Fogel, David Iserson
StarringJustin Theroux, Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Sam Heugan, Gillian Anderson, Jane Curtin, James Fleet, Ivanna Sakhno, 
RatingsIMDb: 6/10 by 77,366 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 49% by 208 reviewers. Review2view: 6.2/10.

Elevator Pitch: In flashback Audrey meets a man, Drew, who later dumps her on her birthday. Unbeknown to her he is a spy, currently in a fight in Eastern Europe. A fantasy football trophy of his seems to have a value since Audrey is kidnapped by a MI6 agent who wants it. She and her friend Morgan get away, but a guy who Morgan has brought home shoots Drew who has returned for the trophy. Audrey pushes the shooter off her balcony. Thereafter the two friends dash about Europe sometimes helped sometimes opposed by the MI6 spy, Sebastian. They cannot tell who is on their side and who against, except for a female assassin who has trailed them throughout with then intention of killing them.

Content: No female nudity but one shot of male genitalia. Blink and you’ll miss it. Almost relentless gunfire and car chases, only very occasionally stopping so we can get our breath back. Many people die. In a restaurant nearly everybody there is a spy or a killer, and they all die. Morgan is kooky, Audrey is bewildered but she and Sebastian might be getting on if she could trust him. A dead spy’s thumb is cut off so Audrey can use his phone. A big finale takes place in a circus.

A View: I am having to start a new section on my site after this – Action Comedy. But there is a problem with this outing. Far too many innocent bystanders are mown down for it to be really comedic possibly the worst death being that of an innocent Uber driver during a car chase. And cutting of the thumb of a dead person? And can we really be spoofing James Bond, or is this a spoof of one of the other spoofs. It is almost saved by the stars, but a bit tired really. You could have it on while doing your knitting.

Here are a few more of what we might call “Fun” spy outings reviewed on this site: Keeping Up With The Joneses, Red 2 and From Russia With Love (I was in this one).

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