McCarthy goes undercover in Bond parody “Spy”
Picture this: Jude Law as a self-absorbed CIA agent, Melissa McCarthy as his lovestruck earpiece analyst counterpart, typical action hero Jason Statham as a hilariously bumbling try-hard and the versatile Rose Byrne as an evil spoiled Russian heiress, who just may hold the secret location to her late father’s nuclear bomb.
Sound like a good time? Well, see for yourself just how good it really is as Paul Feig’s summer 2015 hit, “Spy,” explodes into the Janet Leigh Theatre this Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m.
Jude Law is the dashing Bradley Fine, one of the CIA’s finest field agents, sent to discover the location of a suitcase nuke from sinister Russian Thomir Boyanov (Raad Rawi). An unfortunately timed sneeze on Fine’s part leaves Boyanov shot dead with the location left unknown, but Boyanov’s haughty daughter Rayna (Rose Byrne) may just hold the key.
When Fine goes to confront Rayna in her own home, however, Rayna wastes no time in shooting him as Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) agonizingly looks on through his hidden camera. Rayna reveals that she knows the identities of all the CIA’s top agents, including Fine, arrogant Rick Ford (Jason Statham), perfect Karen Walker (Morena Baccarin) and capable Timothy Cress (Will Yun Lee) and Matthew Wright (Carlos Ponce).
Devastated after Fine’s sudden demise, Susan immediately requests to go undercover and bring Rayna to justice.
Her boss Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) grants her wish, as Susan is unknown and thus an unmistakable asset (much to the gratuitous derision of Ford, who quits as soon he hears this). Covert as a dowdy cat lady, Susan travels to Paris to spy on potential nuke buyer Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale).
Once there, Susan quickly discovers it’s not easy being out in the field. Double agents, secret identities and concocted stories are tested, and there are countless surprises — both comedic and revelatory — in store for Cooper before the film’s riveting 120 minutes are up.
Review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes agrees that “Spy” is a wild ride — it lists a whopping 93 percent critic approval rate, while IMDb gives this action crime comedy a satisfactory 7.2/10.
Mastermind Paul Feig, the director of such hilarious hits as 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and 2013’s “The Heat,” shines once again as he displays his comedic writing chops, and his talented selection of actors steps up to the plate and surpasses all expectations.
Melissa McCarthy takes on Susan Cooper with a sensitive yet no-nonsense attitude, and Jason Statham is especially excellent as comedic relief in place of his usual tough guy role.
If you’re looking for some weekend entertainment, you should definitely keep an eye out for “Spy” at the Janet Leigh Theatre from Oct. 22-24 at 8 p.m.
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