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Run for cover: Rashid Irani reviews The Spy Who Dumped Me

The buddy flick features two gifted comediennes but offers little humour or excitement.

movie-reviews Updated: Aug 09, 2018 18:29 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis play 30-something best friends who unwittingly get embroiled in an international espionage operation.
Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis play 30-something best friends who unwittingly get embroiled in an international espionage operation.
         
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
  • Direction: Susanna Fogel
  • Actors: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 1.5 / 5

The main draw of this female-centric action comedy is that it’s co-written and directed by a woman (Susanna Fogel) and features two gifted comediennes (Mila Kunis-Kate McKinnon) in the lead roles. Unfortunately, The Spy Who Dumped Me offers little by the way of humour and even less in terms of excitement, during its inflated two-hour runtime.

The clunky script zeroes in on a pair of 30-something best friends who unwittingly get embroiled in an international espionage operation. Entrusted with a top-secret device that needs to be delivered to a contact at a café in Vienna, the novice spies-by-accident must also contend with a team of deadly assassins on their trail

Proceedings are intermittently enlivened by the kooky antics of Kunis and McKinnon, but overall this one is a downer.
Proceedings are intermittently enlivened by the kooky antics of Kunis and McKinnon, but overall this one is a downer.

Cue car chases, gratuitous violence and sprints across scenic locations in Berlin, Paris and Prague. No prizes for predicting if the gal pals survive the several life-threatening encounters.

The buddy flick is intermittently enlivened by the kooky antics of Kunis and McKinnon. The latter, in particular, is a hoot. Overall, though, The Spy Who Dumped Me is a downer.