Spy movie poster

The five most terrifying words in the English language: From the director of Bridesmaids. Paul Feig’s latest matches Goodfellas “fuck” for “fuck” — the majority are slung, regrettably, by a slumming Rose Byrne — but judging the man solely on his ability to tell a story, you’d swear the dirtiest words in his vocabulary are pacing and structure. What potential there was in this tail of a glorified CIA telemarketer who dabbles surreptitiously in espionage remains firmly corked. The level of satire on display makes the stagnant Austin Powers spy spoofs look like Rabelais. Melissa McCarthy keeping pace in foot chases with actors who spend the better portion of their lives in a gym is about as funny as it gets, unless you count the antonymous editing of the action sequences. SPOILER ALERT: The nimrods in marketing and PR failed to notice the film’s big surprise twist is leaked in the trailer. 2015.

Scott Marks

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