A Perfect Comic Vehicle for Melissa McCarthy. Begs a Sequel (by steven-leibson)
Any fan of Melissa McCarthy must see this film. If you thought she was funny in "Bridesmaids," she really gets to spread her wings in this film. Foul-mouthed funny? Check. Physical comedy? Check. Fat-girl jokes. Check and double check. Action star? Say What? Yes, Melissa McCarthy is everything she's been in prior films and is now an action star. Watch her take out six or seven baddies with her bare hands. Watch her fight a manic female killing machine in a Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee inspired kitchen fight scene.This is a perfect sendup of a James Bond film including the music, the <more>
settings, the casinos, the costumes, the cars, the weapons, the chases, the villains, the double crosses, etc, etc, etc. Kudos to the writers and the directors for making this film look and feel exactly like a Bond film, but with non-stop funny. If you've seen Rowan Atkinson do this in the Johnny English spoofs, you now need to see Melissa McCarthy do it even better.
I watch this at least once a week. It just gets better and funnier as it goes along following Melisss's character and her side kick. This movie wouldn't have worked without Miranda. Great yin and yang! Theyshould remake AbFab! Melissa as Edina ans Miranda as a super tall Patsy. AbFab on Speed! I can't wait for the sequel. This was a brilliant movie for adults, apparently some people are squeamish. I'm lucky I'm not a little bitch who leaves 10 bad reviews from different emails because my 12th cat died. I don't understand these bad reviews unless it's just haters <more>
with a bible up their butts. They'll probably vote For Trump lol. Ewwwwwwww can you say passé? I don't trust reviews usually so I'm here to say this movie actually made me laugh. Nothing makes me laugh anymore. Five stars
I wonder what some of these people were expecting when they gave this movie a 1/10? It's a comedy movie infused with otherwise serious characters like Law & Stratham being goofy and acting the fool! The things that were coming out of Stratham's mouth with a serious face MADE the movie! Some of these critiques need to relax and enjoy a silly comedy movie as what it was designed for. You did not go in thinking this is some critically acclaimed serious movie like "12 years a slave" did you? It's exactly how you all sound, with all that bitterness. It cracks me up how <more>
some people can be such sour grapes about a comedy movie. It doesn't have to be high i.q., mind bending, thought provoking, or have a profound plot to it. It just has to be funny. Stop bashing Mccarthy about low self esteem and how she shamed herself etc. It is precisely because she is confident in what she does, she has no problem making fun of herself. It is what comedians do, because it's funny! If you who were so angry to have "wasted time & money" watching this, I suggest you keep being miserable and stop wasting either of those precious commodity watching a light hearted movie to laugh silly with a friend.
I guess we got a lot of paid reviews here (by kosmasp)
That's according to one other reviewer who states that anyone who loves film would not rate this higher than one star. And while our taste in movies is different and comedy is something that will be viewed differently by anyone watching, I think it's a big mistake calling out people and suggesting things like that.In other words: Whether you liked this or not, it doesn't mean people who disagree with you got paid or have no sense of humor. Having said and written all that, I think Melissa McCarthy is doing a great job. And as a friend of mine said though I did like "The <more>
Heat" with her and Sandra Bullock too , this one steps up on the stunts front too. There are some genuine great action scenes in this.And Jason Statham is terrific in spoofing himself to put it PG words, something you won't get in this movie by the way - there's a reason it's rated R and it's mostly because of the language used . But in general this is really a movie about women. And I love the fact, that they are getting some really good well written roles in this. You might not agree with the lines/humor, but you can't fault the fact, that they put them out there taking lead and being really good at it.To tell you the truth, I'm almost surprised nobody called out "Feminism" with this one something that seems to be popular in 2015, see also Mad Max Fury Road . But if you don't mind and you shouldn't , and this kind of does meet your sense of humor, you will have a great time
One of the funniest movies of the year (by lewisthesmith)
Reading through the user reviews of this movie a lot of the watchers seem to be very upset that there is a lot swearing, they feel it is unsuitable for children and not family friendly.This is all true. But people, this movie is rated R. If you don't want to watch a movie for adults then check the rating first, don't blame the movie for that. And if you are insulted by cursing then watch one of the thousands of other movies available to you instead of down voting an R rated movie for having swear words in it.That aside I thought the movie was very very funny. I enjoyed how Statham and <more>
to a lesser extent Law both play un-self aware idiots to great comic effect. I enjoyed the arc of McCarthy's character moving from smart but lacking in confidence back office worker to kick ass spy. It was silly and hilarious. 50 cent was funny too.As a Brit I also enjoyed the appearances from Miranda Hart and Peter Serafinowicz who are well known faces on comedy TV here but not really in Hollywood.Laugh out loud funny all the way through, highly recommended.
A Contender for Best Comedy of 2015 (by blakiepeterson)
Melissa McCarthy has been America's finest comedienne ever since she knocked us all out with her all-hands-on-deck supporting performance in 2011's Bridesmaids. Not a Lucy nor a Rosalind, McCarthy has always gone down and dirty, packing her yearly schedule with comedy parts built around her foul mouthed persona. But after a few too many misses, such as inexplicably high-grossing Identity Thief or critical disaster Tammy, one has begun to associate McCarthy with a wig and a greasy part, embodying a character better equipped for a Saturday Night Live skit than a full length movie. <more>
Finally, we have a vehicle worthy of her talents: Spy is the best comedy of the year. One shouldn't be saying such things until December, I know, but I doubt I'll find another romp as packed with belly laughs as this one. I haven't laughed this hard, or this uninterruptedly, for months. And I'm not being overly dramatic — with increasing embarrassment, I found tears streaming down my face quite often, doing everything possible to quiet down potentially obnoxious laughing fits. It's been a month since the film was released — the theater was hardly packed — but it was clear that the people around me were in similar states of shock. This is a comedy worth celebrating. As soon as I left the theater, I wanted to see it again. Pardon the cliché: there's a reason we have them. In Spy, McCarthy portrays Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who spends her days acting as the well-trained ear to 007-esque field agent Bradley Fine Jude Law . She's been stuck at her desk for years, aiding him on each and every mission — it's only inevitable that she, a lonely heart who hasn't been in a relationship for a while — fall for his charming ways. But after an incident leaves him out of the picture, Susan realizes that she would make for a good spy: she is knowledgeable when it comes to the field and knows quite a bit of self defense.Reluctantly, her supervisor Allison Janney agrees with her suggestion, sending her to Paris to thwart a terrorism plot involving powerful criminals Sergio De Luca Bobby Cannavale and Rayna Boyanov Rose Byrne . Constantly interrupting the mission is Rick Ford Jason Statham , a rogue agent who lets his ego get in the way of successful plotting. Though initially nervous, Susan finds herself thrilled by her new job — she might even be, dare she say it, better than Fine. Paul Feig, the man behind Bridesmaids and The Heat, mixes action and comedy with such skill that we almost forget that seeing McCarthy convincingly fist fight with a baddie should seem strange — but McCarthy, thanks to a terrific comedic performance and Feig's screenplay, is never anything less than a wrecking ball of laughs. She can sell a barbed insult as well as she can make the most of her initially mousy façade — McCarthy is one of the greatest comedy actors of the 2010s. It's easy to forget that fact when she heads bombs, but when films like Spy come along, we begin to realize just how wrong we were to ever underestimate her. For once, though, McCarthy is not the only actor providing the majority of our abdominal pain. The responsibility is shared by a fantastic, sometimes surprisingly so, ensemble: Byrne, an under-appreciated straight woman, murders her role as the big-haired villainous; Miranda Hart, as McCarthy's ear, is a fine combination of bumbling and shrill; Janney's no- nonsense portrayal provides for some of the most hard-hitting laughs in the film. But best is, shockingly, Statham, who lampoons his image so hilariously one can only wonder what's been keeping him out of the comedy world all these years.I loved Spy. I don't go to the theaters often — money, you see, is too sacred to constantly spend on entertainment — but I haven't had this much fun in the cinema chair for what feels like years. Sometimes, it's good to laugh until you cry; sometimes, it's good to want to turn around and see the movie all over again. Netflix is cheaper, I know, but don't wait to see Spy. Go out on the town with your friends, ending your night with it. I guarantee you'll still be laughing for the next few days.
James Bond, Jane Bond, and Jason Statham - a lethal combo for laughter (by lnvicta)
Kingsman: The Secret Service started a beautiful new wave of James Bond satire films. It's been done before but never quite as meta as it was in Kingsman, actively referencing how similar the plot and archetypes are to James Bond while still having a refreshing novelty factor and interesting characters of its own - creating this whole new world for the over-the-top James Bond-esque adventures to take place while the real James Bond canon continues its serious, grounded story arc. While Kingsman was about setting up this elite organization and showing off their penchant for ridiculously <more>
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.
Flawed But Strong: SPY is A Bloody Comedy with Non-Stop Action (by prospectus_capricornium)
Not too many action-comedy movies can pull off both its genres' requirements, easily, and it will be a lot harder to maintain proportions between the conflicting elements and still able to come out with something, that's both fun and crazy. But SPY, a deliriously hilarious comedy and an exhilarating action extravaganza, is a stand-out exception.Susan Cooper Melissa McCarthy doesn't strike as someone fit for a field agent work. She's forty-something and fat she might prefer the term BBW , and she's stuck behind a desk at a basement in a CIA headquarters. For many people, <more>
she may seem nothing, but for special agent Brad Fine Jude Law —whom she works for as his eyes and ears, using every possible technological marvels to relay real-time information—she's a fatal weapon. Being stuck on that job works fine for her, but when Fine suddenly gets assassinated, she volunteers to be sent to the field so she could avenge her partner's death.SPY may come across as a Kingsman: The Secret Service reminiscence. It teems with brutal action and bloody stunt demonstrations, but presents an even more near-fatal doses of comedy, that would surely send you to the edge of your seat, while laughing your ass off. Melissa McCarthy proves to be the strongest asset of this movie, coming out as fully capable of carrying out the demands of her role. Her transition from a timid analyst to an aggressive and cunning secret agent is fast and seamless, but once she's on duty, she becomes something impeccably ready for deadly action. However, it wouldn't feel right to dismiss the efforts of her equally capable co-stars. Jason Statham is a delight to see as the irritable and churlish agent, Rick Ford. He possesses an irresistible charm here, pulling him out of the shadow of the totally opposite vengeful character he played in Furious 7. Miranda Hart as Nancy, who takes Susan's role, when Susan takes Fine's, provides unmissable comic efforts, while Rose Byrne Rayna Boyanov , and an equally dangerous bunch of villains, are on the other side to make the level of threat at a steady high level. Jude Law has a shorter exposure as field agent, but his deadly verve and intellect reminiscent of James Bond , is enough to leave a lasting impact. His early demise would actually be the one thing to propel our heroine, Susan, into action. These actors prove the juggle of action and comedy an easy task, making their spotless effectivity transcend past its somewhat flawed storyline. The narrative tracks a deteriorating trajectory, but it's easy to drown this flaw out, once the excitement and deafening laughter dominate. There's a plenty of humorous displays even at moments when death is uttering hello at the scene. Both McCarthy and Statham are both stand outs delivering these efforts, and so is Law, being able to toss up themselves into the claws of danger, while still able to make fun of their incredibly gruesome situations. This proves the film of having an outstanding grip of its elements, managing to keep the proportion between the action and comedy, acceptable. The incredibly well-choreographed fight scenes and exquisitely captured settings, add up to the level of greatness that this film has, to make it arrive into something never less than satisfying. There's no telling whether the showcase of fun and action is going to end , nor there's any hint of it slowing down at any moment. It's insane, I mean, with all those surprising twists and turns you wouldn't expect, it's beautifully insane. In the end, regardless of its narrative shortcoming, SPY emerges in its strongest form, being able to deliver no less than pure fun and action.SPY may be easily branded as merely another attempt to duplicate the successes of its predecessors, an action comedy spy flick with heavier leaning on the funnier side. But SPY is also everything else. It's a suppressed love story about a fat middle-aged woman, harboring an intimate yet unrequited feeling for her partner. It's also a story of an inferior's struggle trying to get past a career level where she's been long stuck at. The development in the latter proves to be a lot more rewarding for Susan, as it transforms her to something she's long wished to be, giving her the chance for her talent and skills to be demonstrated. This rings truth for McCarthy, too, who surfaces here, with her most impressive comic showcase, yet. This is 8/10 for me.
Gotta love Melissa McCarthy, she gets it done with class, style, humor and just enough slapstick to keep the movie flowing. Most "big girl" movies come across as stupid and condescending, but this one makes her look tough without any of the normal fat girl clichés. Jude Law was delicious as always, but I wanted to give him some chapstick through the entire movie. Did he get his lip done or something? Not sure, but still adorable. Loved the well placed plot twist that really made the movie wrap things up. Jason Statham...who doesn't love him. Bad boy turned lovable dork. Nothing <more>
gets better than that. Unforeseen star of the movie was Miranda Hart. What a perfect Cagney to Melissa's Lacy. They make a great Thelma and Louise. I can see them working together again. Saving the world one asthma attack at a time.