Spy (2015) Review

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I must say that this was quite the surprise of a film.  I saw the trailers weeks ago for Spy and thought it was just another stupid mindless comedy until I noted that the director was Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.  Once I discovered that, I knew that Spy had a lot of potential.  It was absolutely hilarious and had a lot of great moments.

From the moment Spy started with the cliche James Bond-esque song “Who Can You Trust” (sung by Ivy Levan) and main titles, I had a good feeling about the movie.  The basic premise of this movie is that Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who sits behind a desk all day guiding the field agents, ends up becoming a field agent herself in order to fool the enemy.  She has been tied to a desk her whole life and never done any field work before, thus calling for some ridiculous antics to ensue.  It was a parody of old spy movies like James Bond, but not carried out in an Austin Powers way, as it was much more modernized.  Melissa McCarthy may play a similar character in a lot of her films, but I have to admit that her role in Spy was absolutely hilarious.  It was typical Melissa McCarthy with an added edge and pzazz.  Many other actors appeared in the film, including Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, and Bobby Cannavale.  The film had no shortage of great cameos as 50 Cent made an appearance along with Melissa McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, and one of my favourite Ukrainian acts, Verka Serduchka – seriously, look him up, he is hilarious!  This was a nice surprise for me because it was completely unexpected and I am pretty sure I was the only one in the theatre who knew who he was when he appeared on screen.  It made me love Spy even more.

While the score by Theodore Shapiro was great, the song choices used in Spy were also excellent.  I am normally a score person, but I will admit that the soundtrack for Spy was pretty damn awesome.  I cannot stop listening to “Who Can You Trust!’  Plus I will never get over how awesome it is that ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai is on the soundtrack of a major motion picture from the United States.

This is the kind of movie that doesn’t need too much of an in-depth analysis.  It was honestly funny and my kind of humor.  I love Paul Feig’s style of humor and Melissa McCarthy being a total badass / asshole the entire time.  I will say if you enjoy Judd Apatow style comedies and/or enjoyed Bridesmaids, you will love this movie.  It was incredibly enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish.  As the first 2015 comedy I have seen this year, I have to say it will be hard to beat!

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