SPY   (2015)


Director:  Paul Feig
Writer:  Paul Feig

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz…

Genre(s): Action/Comedy/Crime
Running time: 120 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Price: $29.98


Reviewed by Cherie Jung
(December, 2015)


OMG! Director Paul Feig has out-spied James Bond in the action/comedy Spy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law.

The opening sequence rivals any of the James Bond or Jason Bourne movies.

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a CIA analyst whose computer skills compliment the missions of active, in the field agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When Fine’s last mission goes amuck it brings Cooper out from the relative safety of her desk in the basement at the CIA and into the mean streets of Europe as an active agent herself.

Although the movie is a comedy, it’s played straight rather than as a spoof. There is a real spy story going on and real action. It has gorgeous vistas, gorgeous women, rugged, handsome men (both good and bad), fast cars, chase scenes…everything you could want in an action movie and more.

In addition to be exciting, it’s also fun. In one scene, while Susan Cooper is waiting to get “eyes on” her target, Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale), her CIA handler, Nancy (Miranda Hart) , speaking to her through the concealed ear piece Susan is wearing, sees De Luca for the first time, as he exits a car, and she gushes something like, “He’s hot. I can’t be objective anymore, Susan. I’m rooting for that guy to win!”

A few last thoughts.

Some viewers may be put off by the frequent use of the F-word, especially since practically all of the characters are shouting it at each other and the term is liberally scattered throughout the dialogue even when the volume and emotions are toned done.  Cursing…

Verka Serduchka almost steals the show even though he’s only on stage for a few minutes. For those unfamiliar with Verka, he is a pudgy, cross-dressing Ukranian who sings one of the catchiest songs you’ll ever hear, “Lasha Tumbai.” (You can see more of him in videos on YouTube, including his performance at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.)

Another video you’ll want to check out is Bad Seed Rising, who sing the song of the same name in the movie. As explained in the extra features comments by the director, the average age of the performers in Bad Seed Rising was 14, at the time of the filming. Even when you see the video with your own eyes, you will hardly believe that the young lead female singer is belting the song out, but she is.

The music throughout this film is outstanding! Luckily for fans, there is a movie soundtrack featuring the popular songs included in the movie plus a CD containing the musical score that was written for the film by Theodore Shapiro.

The closing credits are even fun as the director insisted on action clips being included alongside the scrolling names.

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