The Spy Who Dumped Me Review
What happens when the guy you’re dating dumps you over text and then ghosts you? If you’re Audrey (Mila Kunis) and have the tremendous good fortune of having a best friend like Morgan (Kate McKinnon), then you’re quickly convinced to gather his shit together and set it on fire.
The hitch? When he finds out you’re burning his shit, he calls you - an actual voice-to-voice conversation! - and sets into motion a messed up series of events which sees you and your BFF fending off baddies with accents and guns before heading to Vienna on a mysterious mission to deliver a package. Because, if you’re Mila Kunis, the real reason your guy has dumped you is because he’s an international spy with some very valuable information (which you were unwittingly about to burn) and he had to distance himself to keep you safe. All together now: aww.
That’s exactly what you might expect from a spoof film titled The Spy Who Dumped Me, and boy does this film deliver: it’s silly, slightly camp, and perfect fare for a gal’s night. While a lot of the spy schtick is overused and predictable (it is, after all, a spoof), the film works because of the presence of the wondrous and hilarious being that is Kate McKinnon and the enviably intimate friendship between the two girls.
Don’t expect any big revelations or particularly clever writing - the most this film can muster in terms of deeper meaning is a vague attempt at Audrey learning not to let men underestimate her as much as she underestimates herself - but do expect to enjoy the action and laugh, a lot.
And maybe walk away with an even bigger friend crush on Kate McKinnon than you came in with...
The DVD has nearly an hour’s worth of special features, including Covert Operations: The Making of The Spy Who Dumped Me (11m) - a decently entertaining ‘making of’, Gary Powell: The Action Behind the Film (9m) - a surprisingly interesting look at the stunt coordination (by spy film expert Powell of both Bond and Bourne fame).
The best bits are, predictably, the deleted scenes (10m), outtakes (6m) and off script featurettes (6m) which capture just that little bit more of the Kate McKinnon/Mila Kunis magic.