The Spy Who Dumped Me is a female buddy action movie starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. Audre and Morgan have been best friends for nearly a decade when they get intertwined in an international conspiracy involving various spy agencies and untrustworthy lover interests.
The plot is simple enough and isn’t the draw of the movie. It was the two stars and the comedy element that’s meant to be the magnetic force. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t click on the necessary cylinders. The chemistry between Kunis and McKinnon isn’t bad by any means, but the set pieces don’t leave an impact and the banter is missing some sort of secret ingredient.
I really thought that Kate McKinnon could bat a thousand, but The Spy Who Dumped Me is the nail in that coffin. Her eccentricities just don’t fit in the movie. The writing wasn’t strong enough and it feels like shew as cooped up in a box trying to break free with creativity.
Kunis has had a solid spell of comedy success with her last couple movies, Bad Moms and the lesser A Bad Moms Christmas that trickled in more interest than warranted. However, that little tepid spell ends with The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Her next movie does look appealing; Breaking News In Yuba County. The summary on IMDB reads: “A woman catches her husband in bed with another woman, causing him to die of a heart attack. She buries his body and takes advantage of the growing celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband. However, she soon finds herself in over her head, dodging cops and criminals, all while trying hide the truth.”
In terms of the plot for The Spy Who Dumped Me, there is nothing special to it. It’s beyond predictable that the boyfriend thought dead is still alive, and it’s even more predictable that Duffer is the bad guy. Overall, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a lesser version of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s The Heat. That 2013 hit had the je ne sais quoi quality that made it something people remembered.
Not much to say about this one besides, “skip it.”
Stanko Rating: D