Spy Review

Spy
  • Directing8
  • Writing8
  • Acting8.5
Overall8.2

Paul Feig's Spy is hilarious from start-to-finish, with Melissa McCarthy leading yet another well-rounded ensemble cast of funny people, including Jason Statham's show-stealing performance. It's not as lean as The Heat, but it's smart enough to know where to properly place the jokes to ensure the biggest amounts of laughter.

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Paul Feig‘s (Bridesmaids, The Heat) latest comedy Spy spoofs the sub-genre in yet another smart way, infusing Melissa McCarthy‘s brand of humor with an entire cast of bad asses known mostly for their action, but now also for being able to stretch their comedic chops (Jason Statham, Jude Law). Spy may not be as lean as Feig’s last film The Heat, but it’s definitely more balanced from a casting point, with the jokes spreading out more even, despite the film’s somewhat more loose approach.

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) isn’t exactly the type of agent you’d picture in your head if someone said that she’s a CIA operative. Her partner (Jude Law) gets all of the action out in the field, kicking ass and doing all sorts of awesome spy stuff, while Susan spends most of her days behind a desk.

Now, a mission presents itself which allows Susan to finally go undercover and the result is quite hilarious.

Paul Feig‘s Spy spoofs on the sub-genre in a similar way that he approached the buddy cop sub-genre with The Heat, only that one featured two show-stealing comedic stars, while Spy comes loaded with an entire crew.

Seriously, I mean that — every single cast member of Spy is downright hilarious, with star McCarthy getting topped by none other than Jason Statham.

Statham may be known for his action roles, but when he gets a chance at being funny he rarely misses a step. He elevates what could have been a throwaway side role, constantly making his lines memorable and coming back in a way that always feels fresh and funny.

That’s not to say that McCarthy isn’t funny here. She tends to perform at her best when working with Feig. For some reason he seems to understand her comedy almost perfectly, rarely resorting to a stupid joke about her weight and almost always using her smarts to the film’s advantage.

McCarthy’s Susan Cooper is a believable bad ass with an incredible sense of humor and that all comes down to both Feig’s writing/directing and McCarthy’s constant on-point delivery. She knows how to get the most out of any joke, sometimes not even having to say much at all.

That’s the sign of a true comedic star and McCarthy yet again cements that idea. Spy gives her the ability to work with more than one person closely, which almost makes some of the jokes better than what her and Sandra Bullock did in The Heat.

Feig’s The Heat may get a lot of comparisons with Spy and that’s because they both star McCarthy and both spoof on a sub-genre in a smart manner, but the films are just as much different than they are the same.

The Heat runs a little quicker and feels a lot leaner, while Spy spends more time allowing jokes to flow a little more freely. There’s a lot of good excess material that Feig wisely chooses to keep intact.

That’s a good thing when it comes to allowing some of the other talent to shine, but a bad thing when the running time stretches to a full two hours. Spy is never boring, but does bounce all over the place.

Feig counteracts that with a lot more action and he takes full advantage of that R-rating, with lots of over-the-top blood and gore sequences whenever appropriate.

The Heat might have been labeled a buddy cop film for the ladies, even though it entertained the hell out of me and many other men around the world, but make no mistake that Spy is a crowd-pleaser for all.

Those looking for an R-rated film that’s smartly written and directed, loaded with humor that’s delivered by pretty much every member of the stellar cast and topped with a fine amount of action, should definitely checkout Spy sometime soon.

Melissa McCarthy slam-dunks yet another role, while Jason Statham finally exposes his funny side. Paul Feig‘s impressive resume of comedies only grows larger with Spy.

I can’t quite figure out if I enjoyed it more than The Heat just yet, but Spy definitely has its moments that outshines that film without a problem. It’s just a totally different kind of film, while still fitting in perfectly into Feig’s wheelhouse of outrageous comedies that work on all sorts of levels.

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