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While Kingsman was about setting up this elite organization and showing off their penchant for ridiculously elaborate action sequences, Spy has little exposition and throws you right into this hysterical world where Jude Law is the super suave secret agent and Melissa McCarthy acts as his eyes and ears back at headquarters. Jason Statham comes in later as a rogue agent who is as arrogant as he is oblivious. The movie doesn't itself seriously but it never goes into parody territory. These characters, as overblown and ridiculous as they are, still have relatable personalities, and you're willing to go on this crazy adventure with them right from the start.
Spy is very much an action comedy - whether you view it more as an action movie or as a comedy is completely up to you. I found it hilarious within the first minute and was laughing heartily throughout the entire movie, but there's no denying that the action sequences are incredibly well done. Specifically, the fight between Susan Cooper (McCarthy) and a female assassin in a kitchen, the opening sequence of Cooper alerting Bradley Fine (Law) where enemies are while Fine sweeps them up in a rat maze full of baddies, and the scene with the car where Cooper mops the floor with a handful of terrorists with little to no effort. If you aren't laughing at the jokes, you can laugh at how insane and over-the-top the action is - either way, it's an incredibly fun time.
What I find most compelling about Spy is how likable each character is. It's not just McCarthy, Law, and Statham with a bunch of stoic supporting characters. No, even the supporting characters are hilarious and interesting. Miranda Hart plays Cooper's goofy friend who does dumb things with the best of intentions, Rose Byrne plays the villainous daughter of a rich terrorist and has some excellent back-and-forth bickering with McCarthy, and Peter Serafinowicz plays Aldo: a sleazy Frenchman who absolutely loves women and especially their boobs. They all have moments of hilarity; even the main antagonist played by Bobby Cannavale who is supposed to be a classy businessman has quirky one-liners and the funniest villain run I've seen in recent memory. Oh, and 50 Cent is in it playing 50 Cent. Yeah, it's as crazy as it sounds.
As far as lead performances go, this is the funniest Melissa McCarthy has ever been. This is the ideal role for her because her character has a serious job and a serious mission juxtaposed with McCarthy's snarky personality and usual shenanigans, making for some truly hysterical situations. Jason Statham, however, is the real highlight here. The man is brilliant in this role. He's a tough-guy agent that goes around bragging about how badass he is and goes on to do the stupidest things ever while still keeping a straight face and menacing persona - essentially a parody of his usual roles. His rants are comedy gold simply because it's Statham doing them. He proves here that he's not only one of the greatest action stars working today but also one of the funniest. The fact that he even agreed to this movie says a lot about Statham's attitude - he's a great sport and isn't afraid to make fun of himself, and I really hope this earns him more comedic roles in the future.
Spy was everything I wanted it to be and more. I laughed harder at this movie than I did at most comedies in the past decade. The production value was fantastic, the pacing was perfect, and director Paul Feig clearly knows how to do comedy but now can add action to his resume. Everything about this movie works. It also allows James Bond to continue its serious endeavors, Kingsman to handle the classy yet gritty side of secret agents, while Spy focuses on the campy and silly nature of the whole affair. I sincerely hope this gets a franchise because there are too many great things happening for it not to get a sequel. On it's own however, Spy is an absolutely brilliant, perfectly casted satire that should not be missed by fans of action, comedy, or fun.
Yet another one-liner laden (supposed) action (supposed) comedy. Why is it needed? Why, to fulfill release quotas of course and either deliver quarterly revenue targets or tax write off accounting line items.
Here again we have a complete nincompoop ignoramus incompetent fool who is neither funny nor action packed deployed to the film by domestic American spooks. Yes, it is XXX Xander all over again. Except where Xander was a tattooed trash; this one features a flatulence fanatic in love with herself. No wonder Russia rules and is winning and has captured the Executive and half of the Legislative branch.
Dumb movies like this result in a country where the 'president' praises the country that financed the 9/11 hijackers and gave us Bin Laden and attacks the general who lead the mission to kill Bin Laden or embargoes Iran, which fought on the ground to defeat ISIS.
I have nothing more to add.
I can only assume that movie is made for twenty and thirty somethings who have failed to grow up, are generally sheltered from life and are intellectually limited. I thought Bridesmaids was bad enough. By it seems that Feig has gone full out on Seth MacFarlane's vulgarity style, but with even less subtlety than MacFarlane himself.
Watching this you think you're in for an entertaining James Bond spoof. Sure enough, the first five minutes sets that up nicely. It what follows is a disgrace. In short, this has the potential to be entertaining. But it is ruined by a constant barrage of vulgarity. The thing is that unlike movies of the past that have had vulgar elements in them (say, Blazing Saddles) the vulgarity is delivered without comic timing and without any level of subtlety. Quite simply we see things like (the normally wonderful) Alison Janney saying the F word constantly and then hear her utter words like "thunderc***" and we're told it's funny, because, hey, it's a swear word! This goes on throughout the picture, from the initial scene with Statham to a plane exchange between McCarthy and Rose Byrne, where the F word is literally uttered in every possible sentence. I'm not a prude, I swear like a trooper and potty humour is funny to me most of the time. But when it gets to the gratuitous and unsubtle extent to which the film presents it I feel that my intelligence is being insulted.
Then there are, it seems, the other requisite elements to American comedies these days, namely fart, poo, vomit and sex jokes. The whole scene with the faked, erect penis, which we needed to see not just once, but at least five times for it to be clear to us that we are meant to laugh, just made my cringe like I have never cringed before. Then you have vermin crapping on a chocolate cake.....because har har har, isn't it funny to see a background character eat a fecal laden treat! When not being vulgar, the picture goes to every length to denigrate the appearance of McCarthy and Miranda Hart, with routine jokes about how they aren't that attractive or how McCarthy's weight is a reason for her character's undesirable place on the social and professional ladder. To think that Feig has the audacity to claim he makes these films to support women and that anyone who disagrees is a sexist. Unreal.
If you could get rid of the above then there is the bones of a half decent comedy. There are still a few funny scenes, most of which don't rely on the shock and vulgarity factor. But it seems that Feig can't help himself and just can't take a measured approach. I shudder to think what he will do to a beloved property like Ghostbusters. Slimer with a rubber dick and poo jokes no doubt. Well, based on his offerings so far I won't be going to see it. But the real tragedy here is the amount of cinema-goers who now seem to think this one brain cell trite is fine entertainment. It is ultimately not the likes of Feig or Michael Bay who are the death of intelligent, creative movies. It's the morons who line up to lap it up...and frankly they should be ashamed.
It is just dreadful, it's a long string of expletives, unfunny situations and terrible acting. You know when the movies has lost it when the dialogue is just insults, expletives and nothing else.
I would certainly not recommend this title to anyone and putting it in the comedy genre is doubtful to say the least. There is very little storyline, basically a copy of true lies, which was a far better movie and it fails on all scores.
The level of this movie is best summarised by one of the scenes showing pictures of an erect penis from a recovered camera. Hilarious for a sniggering teen possibly.
Good: It is consistently funny with cool and interesting heroes. The music is great and keeps in touch with the tone the movie attempts to set. All the cast do fantastic jobs acting wise and you seriously believe their character. Melissa McCarthy's rants are hysterically funny as is her unbelievable 'spy mode'! The cinematography is great and works very well. It is a well directed, edited, composed and acted movie. The actual action scenes were very well choreographed to feel bad ass. Jason Statham is a personal favourite character and his insane, egotistical attitude contrasts to Melissa's pre-spy mode. Miranda Hart and Jude Law do good with there performances though Jude feels like more of a plot device. Peter Serafinowicz did a good job of acting within acting; his mini-twist at the end was surprising and also funny.
Bad: The villains were not that interesting or unique or even special. They just shifted the story along. Jude Law was just a plot device over an actual character. The twist at the end felt forced and just wasn't that interesting. The slow motion action parts were just annoying and took away from the pace. A much more fast paced action with little breaks would fit better.
Best Part: Any Melissa McCarty rant
MVP: Jason Statham as Ford.
Sitting through the vulgar language and bad acting in this move made the $1.50 I paid seem like too much money.
Melissa McCarthy can be a funny, talented actor but she seems to have to resort in playing parts where she uses extremely vulgar language making her look untalented, seamy and stupid.
The inane, vapid humor in this horribly scripted movie filled with obscene vulgar language actually made me angry.
Don't waste a minute of your time or a penny of your money on this bad movie
This movie is what's wrong with society nowadays. Do not recommend.
aside from the obvious parental warning, i would also have to add an IQ warning as well. the underdeveloped plot left nothing to be desired. a spy film without suspense is basically a third grade writing assignment. the characters were not believable or likable. seeing another "tammy" movie where the audience gets to laugh at a fat woman for being fat is in and of itself laughable considering the American obesity rate. the fact that we never see a movie where obese characters are able to demonstrate their acting range outside of an occasional moment where said character pines over an attractive costar and maybe "despite my obvious repulsive weight, this person sees beneath the lard layers." boohoo...
pass on this trash.
Maybe it was the feeling that this was made for generic tumblr users. Or the nature that fatso and her horse-looking friend were somehow the kings (get trickered) of earth while being the worst-written comedic devices since the word objectification. Which is spectacularly noteworthy and funny since this is supposed to be a story about strong independent women. But let's not notice that due target intelligence. I take this movie as a personal insult and I do not plan on forgiving.
Lets start with the pro's.
- The acting is OK - It has the polish of a Hollywood film
Now for the cons.
- The script
It's seriously unfunny. Kind of thing if you are nine or under then you might like. Anyone who is in double figures should definitely give this a miss. A big miss!
If you are a fan of Miranda Heart then this film may make you smile. Me, I find her offensively unfunny. Her involvement alone makes this film arguably one of the worst ever.
The one point that really mad me raise an eyebrow was when the over the top cockney Jason Stathem uses the term "Twot". The writers and continuity on this film are that lazy they couldn't even pick up that Englishman say, "Twat", not "Twot".
Very much one of the worst pieces of cinema I have seen in years and years.
Did I mention unbelievable? No I didn't but I will now: OBESE people simply aren't athletic, at all (which is why they're OBESE in the first place) much less "super agent" tactical operator athletic so this whole movie comes across as contrived and unbelievable. Now if Spy were actually a GOOD comedy, I could write off the unlikelihood of a fat super agent as "it's just a comedy" but it isn't and I therefore didn't.
I normally don't waste time watching movies below 70% but was lured in by the high ratings of Spy. My wife and I watched it and I completely lost interest right around the time 50cent appeared. At this point, I very clearly remember laughing at loud and asking my wife "how in the hell is this thing a 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb?!"
Spy is a 5 out of 10 at its very best but overall just awful and deserving of a single star.
I do feel quite mentally shot down after watching this as I was hoping to see a comedy which never got me to reached the point of a smile. Was there an actual point or story? Did everyone who watched this miss something?
Sad to say but, Spy (2015) is for sure a wasted effort to recommend to anyone. If the're were anything good about this film, maybe it got left out when it was being edited.
What about the action? There's isn't any shaky camera effects but it's filled with quick cuts and terrible special effects. Even worse, Feig randomly uses slow-motion during action stunts, which becomes annoyingly repetitive and is completely pointless. Unlike the The Wachowskis, Zack Snyder and Matthew Vaughn, who have mastered this effect, making it a part of their style, Paul Feig makes it clear he has no idea what he's doing. Truly, a terrible writer and director with bad taste and no style of his own.
Can Paul Feig degrade women on-screen any further? As bottom of the barrel as the jokes are through-out this atrocity, the only thing that isn't made fun of is McCarthy's weight. Yet, every other aspect about her appearance and personality is targeted for cheap laughs.
So, what can we learn from Spy? You can humiliate a woman in every way possible, even sexual assault, as long as you don't mention her weight. Also, we're all going to need to come together and boycott the new Ghostbusters because Paul Feig should never be allowed to make another film again. Ever.
It is extremely boring.
This movie relies on vulgar words and swearing in a desperate attempt to make us laugh, but in reality is a complete failure.
Making fun of fat people and a movie which supports racism.
Bad acting and not funny at all.
Save your money and save your time from this major disappointment!.
Melissa McCarthy made a fatal mistake by accepting to act in this rubbish movie.I wonder: " Will Melissa MCCarthy Act In Adult Movies For The Sake Of Money"?.
Avoid this movie at all costs!.
It starts really well, but from the first scene when we were introduced to a full erected penis out of nowhere, the things started to melt. I am not an English speaker, but the level of "dialogue" this film has is the lowest I've never seen. I have to say that I like raw comedies, but it seems the train went out of tracks since "National Lampoon's Animal House" arrived. Back then you had Bluto, but not only, you have a bunch of very good acting and characters that mixed perfectly. In the end McCarthy is not John Belushi and Paul Feig is not John Landis...
Well...NO. Though the actress is playing rather well, nothing works on that movie. From the never-ending dull dialogs to the succession of flat action scenes this "spy movie satire" disrespects any viewer. Any European would be offended by so many clichés that are apparently useful for the sake of the storyline poorly written. The year 2015 started pretty well and that is the first turkey of the year. THis movie is in the same vein as just married (2003) or meet the spartans: You end up hating the director for wasting your time and 65 millions $ of somebody else's money.