Spy: Melissa McCarthy at Her Best

Susan Cooper Undercover in Spy
Susan Cooper Undercover in Spy

Rated R
120 minutes
Action, Comedy, Crime

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is a CIA analyst and she likes her job. From the comforts of headquarters, she’s that little voice in Bradley Fine’s (Jude Law) head – literally providing the undercover field agent life and death information as he navigates his dangerous job.

When it’s apparent that a deadly arms dealer has discovered the identities of all their field agents, it’s Susan’s turn to go undercover. This unlikely agent must infiltrate the enemy to prevent a global catastrophe. But instead of taking on a sexy, cool persona, her identity is more synonymous with bingo.

Written and directed by Paul Fieg, also responsible for Bridesmaids, the humor in Spy is slow to dismount but nails the landing. The story works. It cleverly makes fun of the more serious spy movies, with high speed chase scenes but this time on a scooter. The disguises are far from inconspicuous and the high-tech spy gadgets while functional aren’t all that glamorous.

The cast of characters is fantastic. Rose Byrne plays the pampered, evil mob wife with her ridiculously funny hair styles. Jason Statham plays the know-it-all, in your face tough guy, always trying to one-up Susan, and MIranda Hart…well she is incredibly funny as the bumbling nerd.

Finally, Melissa McCarthy gets a much deserved lead in a film where she isn’t the pathetic and apologetic fat girl. Instead Susan Cooper emerges as the brilliantly capable, clearly intelligent and completely beautiful CIA agent. At times she experiences a few physical challenges that I was comfortable laughing at because let’s face it…the world doesn’t only consist of skinny girls with the athleticism of the Black Widow. I know, because I’m looking in the mirror.

Actress Melissa McCarthy
Actress Melissa McCarthy

Arruga! = 0
Fidget Factor = 0
Age Range = 16 and up
Overall Grade = B+