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Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way.
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She's no Mata Hari, and she may not get the guy (though she does get some) - but that doesn't mean she can't be a different sort of badass, the kind that's a reminder of McCarthy's range beyond just physical comedy.
Melissa McCarthy keeping pace in foot chases with actors who spend the better portion of their lives in a gym is about as funny as it gets, unless you count the antonymous editing of the action sequences.
Feig keeps his Spy machinery cranking so smoothly that nothing said or done feels as outrageous as, in fact, it is. The truth serum Spy drops into our fizzy drinks makes us feel so good that we don't even realize we've been schooled.
Melissa McCarthy shines in this clever action-comedy showcase provided by the writer and director Paul Feig, but the movie's tightly contrived plot and uniformly positive emotions constrain her comic genius.
Hollywood is gradually figuring out what to do with Melissa McCarthy.
McCarthy has much more to discover about herself as an actor and an avatar and a cultural signifier, and I hope she doesn't get trapped by one role, one genre or one franchise. But her campaign of conquest is going well.
While Feig doesn't reach same level of quality he did with Bridesmaids, he gives McCarthy's talent the platform it's deserved for a long time, and she makes the most of it.
We finally have an action-adventure comedy that is truly funny and truly feminist.
Fieg and McCarthy have already had success with "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," but this may be the best of the bunch -- a whip-smart send-up of the James Bond genre, that is also very, very funny.
Spy is fun, funny and friendly while simultaneously being true to the genre that provides its title.
When the film gets weighed down with exposition,n there's enough humor and quirky character moments to keep the laughs coming.
The movie is 15 minutes too long; but as far as laughs go, it's a winner.
Enjoyable silliness with a few laughs thanks to Melissa and her "glamorous" aliases.
The spy genre is not a favourite, but I found this fun even though I don't see it as a favourite to rewatch.
Rose Byrne is good too.
A frumpy CIA analyst is forced into the field when a nuclear terror plot blows the cover of all the other agents.
Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham are as unlikely a comic duo as one can name, and yet they work wonderfully together in this fun spoof of the spy film genre. McCarthy is hilarious, and Statham's deadpan delivery never misses.
While there is a lot to like about this film, it stretches the suspension of disbelief to its limits. At times it tries to walk the tightrope of pseudo-realism and Naked Gun-style farce but totters back and forth confusingly. Also, there are some wells that the film goes to too many times, as though all the writers' brainstormed lines had to make it into the film.
Overall, it's a fun diversion and a fine comic turn by many of its stars.
As a ridiculous comedy, Spy wholeheartedly delivers the laughs. What deepens this into a tour de force, rests in the way Melissa McCarthy subverts our expectations. She is a heroine to be admired because she is so darn talented. When she fights a lithe knife wielding assassin in the tight confines of a restaurant kitchen, she demonstrates athleticism by using a frying man to defend herself. The visual sight gag is a spectacle of perfectly timed physical satire and choreography. The understanding is, these powerful specimens may be good, but Susan is better. Melissa McCarthy has the ability to take even slow parts and make them shine. Add Rose Byrne as the emotionless villain and you have a match made in comedy heaven. If you could bottle their chemistry, you'd have the key ingredient for any successful duo. The rest of the star filled supporting cast (Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Jude Law) are amusing too. They're just not quite at the level of McCarthy or Rose Byrne. That's OK. There's more than enough laughs here to sustain two movies. Spy is the most gut-bustingly funny movie of the year so far. I wouldn't be surprised if it retains that title.
Director Paul Feig once again teams up with Melissa McCarthy in this comedy/action flick. While Melissa McCarthy has had a somewhat bumpy road after the hilarious Bridesmaids, we finally get a return to form film from her. I was genuinely surprised by this film thinking it would be played as a spoof of spy movies- and to a degree it is, but it also has heart, giving McCarthy a lot of material to turn CIA agent Susan Cooper into a capable and smart spy, without compromising the characters' integrity through unneeded character development in previous films such as Tammy. The supporting cast is also on form, with Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law all hilarious in their own right and providing a hysterical back and forth rapport with McCarthy. The action scenes are surprisingly well shot, and the violence and swearing are mainly played for comedic effect. All in all I quite enjoyed the film.
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