Film Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me

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Well, I’ve finally seen Susanna Fogel’s ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ and boy is this film fun! The Spy Who Dumped Me has been on my radar since early this year when Gillian Anderson talked about working with Kate McKinnon on Late Late Show With James Corden. I love the fact that Kate McKinnon was a fan of Gillian and The X-Files before working with her. It’s exciting and it gives me hope that I too can someday work with people who inspire me aka Gillian Anderson.

The film centers on Morgan (Kate McKinnon) and Audrey (Mila Kunis) as they race around Europe attempting to return a very important flash drive to right hands. Along the way, Audrey and Morgan are chased by spies, assassins, and government agencies who are all attempting to receive the flash drive. This movie almost immediately feels like a satire on the spy/action film genre but I’m ok with that because it‘s done correctly.

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I was surprised at the quality of the action scenes. Usually, I see Action/Comedy and it feels like 70% comedy 30% Action but that is not the case with “The Spy Who Dumped me”. This Film is 50/50, half comedy – half action, all fun! The action scenes were surprisingly well choreographed. It never felt like the two genres were competing with each other. There’s one scene in the first half of the film where Audrey and Morgan are forced to become a part of the action for the first time and it’s a real thrill to watch. That scene has some of the best action choreography I’ve seen on screen.

The cast includes some well-known actors, Justin Theroux (The Leftovers), the beautiful Sam Heughan (Outlander), Hasan Minhaj (Homecoming King), the super talented Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall), Mila Kunis, and SNL’s Kate McKinnon, to name a few. The cast is obviously good but Kate McKinnon steals the show in the best way! She’s hilarious and I loved every second of her screen time including her scene with Gillian Anderson.

Gillian Anderson in the Spy Who Dumped me (2018) Directed by Susanna Fogel Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon.  Sam Heughan (Outlander), Hasan Minhaj (Homecoming King) in The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

The Audience loved this film, people were talking out loud, laughing, wincing, laughing even more. At one point during the screening, a woman who was seated just behind me said: “Oh that’s Gillian from the X-Files” which made my heart skip a beat because suddenly I wasn’t the only x-files fan in the room who was excited to see Gillian.

My favorite thing about ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me” is the storyline which does not consist of some girl constantly crying over the fact that her boyfriend who is indeed a spy, dumped her. Instead, the storyline is rooted in the main character’s friendship with her best friend who encourages her to be her best self and constantly reminds her she’s amazing.  Audrey and Morgan are the best friends I dreamed of having when I was a kid.

Susanna Fogel With Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon on The Set of The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Susanna Fogel With Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon on The Set of The Spy Who Dumped Me. Photo Credit: Lionsgate

So, should you go see The Spy Who Dumped Me? Yes! This film is hilarious, action-packed, female-directed, and it’s a really great representation of female friendships. The only thing I didn’t like was the title because it’s a bit un-unique but I enjoyed everything else including the soundtrack and settings. I would honestly see this film again just to watch the Uber driver and Russian gymnast/model/assassin (Ivanna Sakhno) scenes…don’t ask, just go see it! The Spy Who Dumped Me hits theatres Friday, August 3.

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