DVD tip: "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

DVD tip

The Spy Who Dumped Me

This action comedy is a bit of a mess, as if it’s a first draft of screenplay or first cut of a film. It pinballs around among by-the-numbers chases and shootouts, and scenes that seem heavy on improvisation, with that improv working better at some times than others. Director and co-writer Susanna Fogel lets star Kate McKinnon run wild, which can be a good thing … until it’s not (see the whole sequence when she infiltrates a performance-art-type circus). McKinnon overshadows Mila Kunis, as they play pals who become embroiled in a globe-trotting espionage adventure. I will say, though, that I’d watch a whole movie built around the McKinnon character’s relationship with her adoring, enthusiastic and slightly clueless parents, played by the invaluable Jane Curtin and Paul Reiser.

 

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