Spy work is difficult, period. And if you have no idea what you’re doing? That could be a recipe for disaster. Just see THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME, which brings together two of today’s biggest female comedians, Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, as proof. The comic misadventure focuses on Audrey (Kunis), whose CIA agent ex (Justin Theroux) gets her involved in an international conflict along with her best friend Morgan (McKinnon).
In a string of events that seems crazy but its probably just a snowballing set of decisions that seem to make sense at the time, Audrey and Morgan are forced to carry out a dangerous mission for the CIA while evading a ruthless criminal organization. OK, so maybe none of their decisions are good, exactly, but they’re probably great fun for us.
Here’s why you should be excited for THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME.
A Star-Studded Cast
Director Susanna Fogel assembled an impressive cast for THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME. There are Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis, obviously, both of whom have done the work to build incredible comic resumes. Take a step back to look at their work, though, and you can see they have very different styles; Kunis gets laughs by playing situations straight while McKinnon goes way out into the stratosphere with her comedy.
The clash between them is a classic comic pairing. There’s no big stylistic reinvention necessary, but seeing the particular ways each actor influences the other will give this film an energy all its own. The cast is rounded out by a strong supporting cast with the likes of Justin Theroux, Gillian Anderson, and Hasan Minhaj. There’s also Sam Heughan, best-known for his role on Starz’s Outlander.
Conflict? Not These Two
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME avoids common tropes related to female representation on film. Fogel made a conscious decision to break away from typical character stereotypes.
Instead of relying on the easy version of any given character, the director focused on creating realistic characters women could relate to. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Fogel revealed that the movie would offer a perspective not often seen on the big screen:
“I’m a single 30-something woman with no kids so I feel excited to make a movie about people who aren’t angling for that. I think that’s a lot of people I know, and even for women who have chosen that path, they don’t only want to see characters getting married and having kids. They want to have an adventure with their friends, too.”
The director also avoided creating unnecessary conflict between Audrey and Morgan. Instead, the film’s tension and intrigue stems from the dangerous situations the characters face as they try to carry out their assignment.
Spies Like Us
So THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME isn’t your typical spy adventure. The movie delivers the type of exciting action and intrigue-filled plot that we’ve come to expect from the genre, but it also puts a fun spin on it through the quirky leading duo.
Unlike action heroes cut from the James Bond or Ethan Hunt mold, Audrey and Morgan aren’t expert combatants or spies. In fact, they have no clue as to how to handle the situations that even experts might struggle to master. They’ve got to figure things out as they carry out their mission.
That fish out of water scenario opens the door for situations that allow THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME to find its own uniquely comic approach to action and espionage.
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME opens on August 3.