My local theater offered a sneak preview of The Spy Who Dumped Me tonight, so I went.
These were some of my thoughts going in… I was worried that all of the funny parts had already been shown via the movie trailers (I hate it when they do that). I was nervous about how Sam would do in his first big feature film, which sounds utterly ridiculous! Momlander, indeed. I wanted to like the film, in fact I was rooting for it, but I was also determined to go in with an open, yet critical mind. I had no real idea of how large a part Sam would play in this film, since the plot summary only briefly mentions his character, and in the poster, he looks to be at fourth billing.
Here’s what happened…
I thought the first half of the film was so funny, that at certain points my abs actually hurt from laughing. There were lots of very funny scenes that were new to me, and not included in the trailers. I think Kate McKinnon is hilarious, and she certainly delivered in TSWDM. The chemistry between Mila Kunis and her is awesome. Sam mentioned several times in interviews that they are friends in real life, and it shows. The writing is good, and they deliver. The film is action packed and funny from the first moment.
I won’t give away spoilers, but Sam has a much bigger role than I anticipated. In fact, Justin Theroux has the more minor role of the two of them. You actually get to see lots of Sam in this film!
I felt Sam did a great job. He was quite believable as English spy, Sebastian Henshaw, and he was superb (of course) in the action/fight sequences. Playing Jamie and Batman have obviously prepared him well for the physical side of spy work. He had a handful of really good comedic moments as well.
Kate and Mila are completely believable as best friends on a wild adventure. I probably enjoyed that aspect the most.
I read one review which criticized the plot cohesiveness and plausibility, but this movie is really not meant to be a critically acclaimed espionage thriller, guys. It’s a fun, silly, juvenile action comedy. Think the female equivalents of Adam Sandler et al. If you go in with that mindset, I think you’ll enjoy it.
The last third of the movie dragged a bit, I will admit that. And when Sebastian’s true character is revealed, it’s a bit anticlimactic.
There is a kiss. I think most of you know that from the previews, right? I think Outlander fans will be simultaneously perplexed and relieved. This is not a Jamie and Claire kiss, by any stretch.
Pleasant surprises in the film included a small role by SNL alum Jane Curtain, and also Gillian Anderson’s part.
There were a few gutbuster one liners – clever and hilarious.
All in all, I came away feeling happy I’d gone, and happy for Sam about his performance in his first feature film. I used to write a lot of reviews for Common Sense Media when my kids were little, and I’d end with a number of stars and an age recommendation.
The stars rating on CSM is:
✭ Don’t bother
✭✭✭ Just fine
✭✭✭✭ Really good
✭✭✭✭✭ The best!
I give The Spy Who Dumped Me a 3.5 – for good, and since there is male frontal nudity as well as some raunchy humor, I give it an M for Mature audiences only.
I’d love to hear your thoughts if you feel like sharing in the comments, after you’ve had a chance to see the film. Congrats to our leading guy Sam, (and Kate and Mila) on a job well done. Sam starts work on his new film Bloodshot in 2 weeks.