Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me

**The opinions listed are my own. I was not compensated for this post**

The Spy Who Dumped Me follows Audrey, a grocery store cashier, who gets dumped via text message by her boyfriend Drew. Audrey and her best friend/roommate Morgan discover that Drew is a CIA agent when he returns to make up with Audrey. After Drew is gunned down in front of them at their apartment, the ladies decide to finish his mission for him. The adventure takes the accidental spies as well as CIA operatives, Sebastian and Duffer, from Los Angeles to Vienna, then to Paris, Prague and Berlin. I appreciated in this movie that these ladies do not magically become experts in the field and when involved in a public shooting in a restaurant, Audrey runs into the street screaming “I just killed someone.” Kate McKinnon is comedy gold and carries the movie in that respect. The feminist buddy movie allows itself to be what it is instead of empathizing that  “girls can be funny too” as so many movies do these days. The globetrotting misadventures of Audrey and Morgan really showcase the female friendship. They are ride or die in every aspect.

The movie had more violent action scenes than I was anticipating. Morgan, Kate McKinnon, makes you just forget that you saw someone get their finger cut off or shot in the face. My favorite was Morgan’s over-sharing relationship with her parents, played by Paul Reiser and Jane Curtain. She phones her parents to ask things such as “did you get the dick pic I just sent you” as the gentlemen is still in her apartment. The scenes jump from violent to funny but are not weaved together well.

I took my 11 year old to see this movie with me, which at the first sign of male genitalia on screen, I slightly regretted. The violence on screen was frequent but not any gorier than could be seen on network television. The characters are good examples of friendship and team work. It also shows that you should follow through on tasks once starting. Overall I would recommend for date night. It has something for everyone to enjoy.

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