Susanna Fogel’s The Spy Who Dumped Me is a by-the-numbers action comedy. Whilst it is suitably distracting, the film is not particularly memorable.
Audrey and her best friend Morgan unwittingly find themselves caught up in an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with assassins on his trail. Audrey and Morgan find themselves on the run in Europe…
Directed and co-written by Susanna Fogel (with David Iverson), The Spy Who Dumped Me mixes action thriller with comedy. The plot revolves around a fish out of water premise with Audrey and Morgan being plunged into a world of espionage. As the situation becomes more ludicrous, the two young women are gung-ho about seeing their mission through.
The main issue with The Spy Who Dumped Me is that it is not particularly arresting. The narrative functions suitably well, although the plot twist seems pedestrian. With a sparkly script, the film could have been a lot more amusing. The movie is very funny in places, but the jokes don’t always land.
The strongest aspect in The Spy Who Dumped Me is the camaraderie between Audrey and Morgan. It is refreshing to see a female friendship that holds firm, despite the precarious environment that the two find themselves in. Mila Kunis and KateMcKinnon have good chemistry. The film boasts a decent supporting cast, featuring Gillian Anderson, Justin Theroux and Hasan Minhaj. It is a shame that these collective talents are rather wasted here.
The cinematography makes the most of the exotic locations, whilst music is used to good effect. The end titles segment feels very unnecessary. The Spy Who Dumped Me hits all the notes expected, but the jokes are not enough to make an impact.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is available on Digital Download, and on DVD, Blu-Ray & 4K UHD from 26th December 2018.