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The Spy Who Dumped Me

The Spy Who Dumped Me
Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Jostin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, Jane Curtin and Paul Reiser

Rated: R for violence, language throughout, some crude sexual material and graphic nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 3, 2018 Released by: Lions Gate Films

In a comedy which appears to have a theme in which two women (Mila Kunis & Kate McKinnon) who have not achieved a whole lot have the opportunity to change the level of power in the hands of the good guys or the bad guys. 

Director Susanna Fogel working with a limited script is forced to drag the two women through a series silly dialogues, particularly at the beginning of the film.  The heroics of the two women tend to happen by accident rather than thinking and plotting to subdue the bad guys.  How the two outwit the villains (who are most of the other characters in the film) is not due to a smart script which could have shown the ladies using their basic competence to out smart the enemy.  

The comedy also falls short particularly for Kate McKinnon who has drab loud silly dialogue rather than some smart singing phrases.  The best scenes for her character are when she reaches to folks she has rubbed elbows with in particular Edward Snowden who gives her vital information. 

Jane Curtin and Paul Reiser play parents who appear to oblivious of the front page stories in which the two ladies are accused of murder and espionage, that brings some smiles but not much. 

Kunis' role is smarter that her partner, she thinks things out a little more than the other characters.  She has yet to catch onto a category of character that shows her full potential.  Lately it's been comedy but this limited script isn't going to help.  

Justin Theroux and Sam Heughan play agents who capture the love interest of Mila Kunis, but we find it difficult to determine who is a good guy or a selfish villain.  Hasan Minhaj is an agent who constantly mentions he graduated from Harvard to the consternation of the other agents.  

Overall the dumped spy lovers are silly and caught in limited dialogue which leaves us into a dull chase around Europe. 

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