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Mila Kunis, who plays Audrey, was born in Ukraine, but left the country with her family when she was seven. While filming in Budapest, she and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, took a trip to Chernivtsi, Kunis's hometown. It was the first time she had been back to the country of her birth.
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Red Sparrow (2018) shot footage in the same Budapest café that was used in "The Spy Who Dumped Me." After "Red Sparrow" finished filming, director Susanna Fogel said that there were plans to tear down the café in order to renovate the building, but they offered to let "The Spy Who Dumped Me" destroy it first.
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The director and co-writer of the movie, Susanna Fogel, wanted the movie to show how strong female friendships can be without having "some manufactured conflict." Audrey and Morgan's friendship remains strong throughout the film.
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Gillian Anderson was Kate McKinnon's childhood crush.
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Kate McKinnon wrote the Japanese food puns in the Tokyo scene "at the last minute" and had Mila Kunis laughing on set.
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The director and co-writer of the movie, Susanna Fogel, said that she wrote the movie with David Iserson because they were "looking for a hole in the marketplace - a good friendship movie with lots of action."
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When filming the hair dyeing scene, McKinnon and Kunis covered their heads with cake mix and whipped cream respectively. One day Kunis's kids visited the set and were frightened by her whipped cream coiffure.
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In an interview at the movie's premiere, Mila Kunis said that she thinks that she could be a good spy in real life, in contrast to her co-star. She says "I'm petite, so I can squish my way through iron bars. I can speak three languages. Those are my skills."
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According to Sam Heughan, when the cast went to an escape room together, Mila Kunis took charge. They managed to escape.
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Both Kunis and McKinnon cite the car chase scene as a favorite, despite difficulty filming it. They both said that it was very hot and that the rig used to drive the car was very scary.
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Kate McKinnon is much calmer in person than the characters she plays might suggest. "When I'm performing, I'm quite loud, and then in real life, you can't hear a word I'm saying."
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Sam Heughan said in an interview that his favorite action scene is the café scene and that it was the first scene he had with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon.
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Growing up, Kate McKinnon was a very big fan of The X-Files (1993) starring Gillian Anderson. McKinnon found Anderson to be "professional and lovely" once they had worked together.
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The scene in the trailer, in which the characters stop and hug each other to avoid the police, is not in the movie.
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Kate McKinnon enjoys filming movies on location. She says "it's kind of [like] summer camp. You get really close to people really fast."
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Mila Kunis says that when filming, she and McKinnon would often pick up on the same "lowbrow humor" and then start laughing endlessly.
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Both Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis have had their best friends since childhood. Kunis met hers when she was seven, while McKinnon has known her best friend since she was ten.
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While watching "Atomic Blonde," Sam Heughan recognized a lot of the same stunt performers from "The Spy Who Dumped Me." Unfortunately for him, every time he recognized a stunt performer it lowered the element of suspense because he knew which characters were about to die.
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Both Kate McKinnon and Jane Curtin, who plays her mother in the movie, have been Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members. Curtin was an original member of the cast and was on the show until 1980.
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Sam Heughan believes one of the messages of the movie is that people should support one another and not bring each other down. He says this of McKinnon and Kunis' characters - "They've got each other through thick and thin and ultimately they've got each other and support each other in this unstoppable team."
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The café where Audrey and Morgan look for Verne is modeled after the famous Café Sacher in Vienna that is known for its torte. The scene was shot in Budapest, though, not Vienna.
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Kate McKinnon once dressed up like Gillian Anderson's character on "The X-Files," Scully, and won a Halloween costume contest. She said she had the full getup: "trench coat, business suit, red wig cut into a bob."
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Sam Heughan, who plays Sebastian, is actually Scottish. He is from Dumfries and Galloway, a rural area in southwest Scotland.
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Kate McKinnon said that she would think about her real life best friend often while filming and use that as inspiration.
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Although there is an actual light gun arcade game series called Point Blank, the in-game footage and title screen of the game that Audrey is playing during her birthday at the beginning of the movie is from the Nintendo DS version called Point Blank DS.
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Sam Heughan found the set of "The Spy Who Dumped Me" to be very different than "Outlander," the STARZ show on which he stars. He enjoyed watching the actors ad-lib in a very "creative and fast-paced" environment.
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Audrey wants to park in "Lot C," which is the economy parking lot at the Los Angeles International Airport. It is one of the airport's 9 parking lots and it has 1700 spaces. It's also furthest from the terminals.
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The youth hostel scene is one of Heughan's favorites because he thinks it shows a softer side of Sebastian. Sebastian finally begins to trust Audrey enough to allow himself to be vulnerable.
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McKinnon and Kunis received a "crash-course" in spycraft while filming the movie. McKinnon joked that "the most important quality in a spy is the ability to fall to the ground and roll, like a log, under a doorway."
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Director Susanna Fogel had the cast of the movie go to an escape room as a bonding exercise. Escape room experiences first started in Hungary, and co-writer of the movie David Iserson loves doing them.
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Edward Snowden worked for the National Security Agency and leaked top-secret information about the agency's surveillance activities domestically. He was charged for violation of the Espionage Act. He may have also gone to camp with Morgan.
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Kate McKinnon said at the movie's premiere that she wouldn't be a good spy because she would have trouble lying. "I would immediately out myself to everyone, and I would break down crying in a bathroom somewhere."
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According to Heughan, when his character kills a man in a pot of fondue it is a nod to a scene from the James Bond film "Casino Royale," in which Bond kills a man in a sink.
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When asked if he'd be a good spy, Sam Heughan told Variety, "I'd be terrible as a real spy because I'd want to stop as soon as I got hurt."
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The song that Audrey chooses on the jukebox, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," is a 1993 single from the Canadian band Crash Test Dummies.
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When scenes of Prague are first shown, the song playing is 'Boty Proti Lasce' (Boots Against Love) sung by Yvonne Prenosilova, a cover of 'These Boots Were Made for Walking' sung by Nancy Sinatra.
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The French-dubbed versions used the same title, but with one word which differs: the France-dubbed version is named "L'Espion qui m'a larguée" while the Quebec-dubbed version is named "L'Espion qui m'a dompée", the word "dompée" is an anglicism based on the English word "dumped", which means "abandoned".
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The news anchor is played by Anita Anand, who is an actual journalist and television personality. She's known for being a presenter on Radio 4's "Any Answers."
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Sam Heughan played Roger Moore's son in A Princess for Christmas (2011). Moore played James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), which this film's title spoofs.
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Kate McKinnon, who plays Morgan, is a woman of many talents. She once sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" during a "Saturday Night Live" cold open. She can also play the piano, guitar, and cello.
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When asked what quality he has that would make him a good spy, Sam Heughan said that actors, like spies, need to have a strong sense of awareness. "It's just a way of judging a room, hopefully."
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Despite the fact that it borrows liberally from / parodies a number of other spy action films, this film is rather unique in being an example of a female buddy spy actioner.
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Mila Kunis' birthday is August 14th. While filming this movie in Budapest, she celebrated her birthday at the Vintage Garden restaurant with her husband.
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Justin Theroux comes from a family of writers including Paul Theroux, a travel writer and novelist. Justin Theroux has a number of writing credits of his own including "Tropic Thunder," "Iron Man 2," and "Zoolander 2."
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Lolly Adefope, who plays Audrey's "friend" Tess, is a character comedian from London. She has enjoyed creating silly videos and mimicking people since she was a school girl. Two of her favorite comedians are Maria Bamford and Chris Morris.
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Sam Heughan is one of the main stars in Outlander (2014), while James Fleet had a recurring role in that series.
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Paul Reiser, who plays Morgan's dad, is a comedian, actor, and composer. He studied music at State University of New York-Binghamton and wrote the theme song to his hit show, "Mad About You."
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After auditioning for "Saturday Night Live" in 2012, McKinnon passed the time waiting to see if she'd get the call by painting. She still has the unfinished painting she was working on for those three weeks.
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Klaus Meine was inspired to write the song playing at the start of this movie, "Wind of Change," by the success of the Moscow Music Peace Festival. It was the first time that Western heavy-metal acts were allowed to play in the Soviet Union's capital.
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Vilnius, the city in which the film opens, is the capital of Lithuania. Founded in 1323, it has historically been a destination for those looking to escape religious persecution or strict trade regulations.
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The arcade game that Audrey is playing is called "Point Blank DS." The 'DS' refers to the Nintendo DS, which is not an arcade-sized console, but rather a hand-held video game system that does not have a gun accessory.
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Director and co-writer of the movie Susanna Fogel said at the movie's premiere that she wouldn't be a good spy. "I couldn't do it because of the guilt and my inability to compartmentalize."
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The music playing as Audrey and Sebastian case the gala is Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther Theme," which he wrote for the 1963 film starring Peter Sellers. He won three Grammy awards for his work on the film's music, and his score was nominated for an Oscar.
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Drew's "parents" are played by British actors Carolyn Pickles and James Fleet. This is the second movie that they've appeared in together. They were also in 2007's "Lady Godiva: Back in the Saddle."
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Unlike the one that Morgan's friend Edward has, the original Rubik's Cube is a mere three by three squares on each side. Despite its small size, there are said to be 43 quintillion ways the cube can be positioned.
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Justin Theroux, who plays Drew, enjoys boxing both for fun and as his main form of exercise. He generally works out 5 days a week with 40 minutes of boxing followed by 20 minutes of weight training.
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Hasan Minhaj joined "The Daily Show" in 2014 as one of the last correspondents that host Jon Stewart hired. Minhaj got the job after he presented a piece that was inspired by an argument Ben Affleck had with Bill Maher on Maher's show.
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A prop early in the film is prominently branded "Earnest", while a contact sought is named "Vern". This is seemingly a shout-out to Jim Varney's series featuring Ernest P. Worrell.
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Justin Theroux told Variety at the movie's premiere that he wouldn't make a good spy in real life. He thinks he'd be more valuable back at headquarters.
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The minions first appeared in the 2010 movie "Despicable Me." There are actually multiple minions that only have one eye.
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The actor who plays Duffer, Hasan Minhaj, was inspired to go into comedy after watching a Chris Rock special while attending the University of California Davis concentrating in political science.
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Lolly Adefope, who plays Tess, was selected as one of the BBC's 15 up-and-coming comedy writers for 2015. The selected few receive six months of training, including classes and opportunities for networking.
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"Wind of Change" also plays at the end of the 2014 Seth Rogen and James Franco movie, "The Interview," as they leave North Korea.
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His character claims to have attended Vassar, but Justin Theroux definitely graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in visual arts and drama.
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One of at least two major espionage movies debuting in the year 2018 which have a title prefix of "The Spy...". The two pictures are 'The Spy Gone North' (2018) and 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' (2018).
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Ivanna Sakhno played Cadet Viktoria in "Pacific Rim: Uprising." In the "Pacific Rim" movies, humans pilot large robots called Jaegers.
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Dustin Demri-Burns, who plays Viktor, had a BAFTA-nominated sketch show on British television with Sebastian Cardinal entitled "Cardinal Burns."
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Fred Melamed, who plays Roger, has appeared in nine different Woody Allen movies. He's also known for the Coen Brothers film "A Serious Man."
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Fred Melamed has been in the voice-acting business for more than twenty years. He also plays a voice actor in Lake Bell's movie "...In a World." Surprisingly, Bell was not familiar with Melamed's voice-acting career, seeking him out rather because of his role on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Sam Heughan's character suffers an arm injury in this movie, as a result of which he has to wear a sling. In Outlander, the show Sam is famously the lead, he also suffers a similar injury with similar outcome. In both cases, the arm injury is used as an excuse for his character to warm up to the female leads; allowing them to help him out.
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