Director: Susanna Fogel
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux
Release Date: October 30, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 4/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
After being unexpectedly dumped by text, Audrey (Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (McKinnon) soon discover through a series of random events that Audrey’s boyfriend was in fact a spy. Agreeing to take on a risky task after being informed of the situation, Audrey and Morgan quickly find themselves tangled up in a world of danger, violence and intrigue; all things which they have no experience or familiarity with whatsoever. Intent to keep a promise to get an important artifact to an unknown contact, Audrey and her best friend set off across the globe with danger and highly skilled killers in pursuit around every turn and no one they can truly trust. Now these two women must gather up their courage and dive head-on into this unfamiliar world and accomplish their mission, all the while trying to simply make it out alive.
Directed by Susanna Fogel (Life Partners) who additionally co-wrote the screenplay along with David Iserson (TV’s United States of Tara), Fogel does a solid job at the helm of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ delivering a clean, sleek and well shot film that captures the action with more than adequate style. The film also features a cast comprised of many familiar faces and a few somewhat less familiar ones and includes Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Kate McKinnon (2016’s Ghostbusters), Justin Theroux (TV’s The Leftovers), Sam Heughan (TV’s Outlander), Hasan Minhaj (Rough Night) and Gillian Anderson (TV’s The X-Files) along with more, the majority providing decent enough performances in each of their respective roles overall.
‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ has its share of laughs and generally entertaining moments littered throughout, yet it never quite manages to find itself going anywhere notable and tends to fall into a repetitive and somewhat predictable pattern of merely trying to dish out as many generic laughs and ridiculous situations as possible to throw our leads into. Trying to embrace the high testosterone world of action-packed spy films and throwing these two women with zero experience in such matters into one dangerous and explosive scenario after another, it does manage to attain some laughs throughout, but also tends to find itself bogged down too frequently by scenes that feel awkward or just don’t quite seem to fit as well as they should. I wouldn’t encourage anyone that isn’t already overly anxious to see this one to go out of their way to get their hands on a copy of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ and I’d also urge anyone intent on checking it out to at least try and go in with your expectations in check. Nonetheless it’s certainly not horrible either and may be worth a couple hours of your time should you conveniently come across it at some point on your favorite premium channel or streaming service.
Overall, ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ has its moments and offers viewers a fairly fun, easygoing and often amusing ride, but never really manages to find a fitting pace or to excel to anything special. While I wouldn’t overly recommend going out of your way to check out ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ in any hurry, it’s still likely that many fans of lead actresses Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon may have more fun with this than some and will likely still want to give it a shot. As is always the case with comedy films, many are certain to have differing opinions to some degree and while it’s far from perfect, it does have its charms and you could certainly pick plenty of far worse films to waste two hours on.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and detailed presentation from start to finish, with no notable faults to be found throughout. It holds up without any trouble even during the fast moving action sequences and never results in anything occurring on screen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty wonderful high definition video presentation that should have no trouble pleasing the masses.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack sounds magnificent and serves up a crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send vehicles, bullets and a great deal more regularly whipping throughout the various speakers, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to be become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a phenomenal Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that delivers across the board and contributes its share of additional fun to the film.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ includes some fun extras that fans of the film should enjoy. Included on the release are some ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 10 minutes in length altogether), along with some amusing ‘Outtakes’ (running approximately 7 minutes) and goofy ‘Off Script’ moments (approximately 6 minutes). We are also treated to a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes including interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Covert Operations: The Making of The Spy Who Dumped Me’ (approximately 11 minutes), ‘Gary Powell: The Action Behind the Film’ (9 minutes) and ‘Makin’ Friends With Hasan Minhaj’ (7 minutes).