Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
|Featuring:||Melissa McCarthy … Susan Cooper
Rose Byrne … Raina Boyanov
Jason Statham … Rick Ford
Jude Law … Bradley Fine
Morena Baccarin … Karen Walker
Bobby Cannavale … De Luca
Allison Janney … Elaine Crocker
Zach Woods …
50 Cent … 50 Cent
Will Yun Lee … Timothy Cress
|Director:||Paul Feig—“Bridesmaids” (2011), “The Heat” (2013), “I Am David” (2003)|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.|
“One of the guys, One of the spies”
“Spy” stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, an agent whose main objective is aiding her partner Bradley Fine (Jude Law), by staying out the field and communicating with him through an earpiece and eye piece. She does this because she is secretly in love with him. While on a mission, something goes horribly wrong, and he is presumed shot and murdered by a femme fatale. In her grief and quest to avenge her partner, Susan asks to go undercover. Although met with skepticism from her co-agents, her request is granted. She is given a new identity and sent on a mission to find a bomb, before it’s too late. It may seem like a by-the-numbers plot, but it’s anything but.
Let’s start with the acting, I’d rank it from good to great. Everyone in the cast knew their role inside and out, and played their character very well. Jude Law and Jason Statham are not well known for their comedic chops, but they should be; they did very well reacting to the well paced and sometimes comedic chaos from the more seasoned funny actress Melissa McCarthy. Speaking of McCarthy, she plays her role with skill and amusing wit. This film feels more like a well put ensemble; each character is crucial to the plot, and they perform well together. The cinematography is great, unlike many other comedies.
Unfortunately, all the positive aspects are overshadowed by gratuitous and gross objectionable content. I’ll start with language; I lost count. There are multiple f-words (80+), a**, s***, c***, b***, d***—not to mention the numerous despicable blasphemies. There are some very crude and awful “jokes.” Plus, there is male frontal nudity.
One verse, comes to mind, Romans 12:2,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
While mature Christians with strong discernment can see the film for what it is, a product of a sinful and unrepentant culture; we must engage this culture and be unapologetic in our faith.
There are a lot funny things in this movie. It would have been recommendable, if it weren’t for the poor taste left in my mouth by the objectionable content.
Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Extreme—OMG (15), G*d-d*mn (6), Oh G*d (12), Jesus (9), God (10), hell (3), damn (2), plus numerous vulgarities mentioned above / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.