Bru’s Reviews – SPY AND McCARTHY ARE NO SECRET TO SUPER SILLINESS June 11, 2015 – Posted in: Blog, Bru's Reviews, Featured Columns
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NEWBIES: If this is your first trip here (welcome!), here’s the QT on what these reviews are.
THIS WEEK: After being the “guide-in-his-ear” of top CIA agent Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy goes deep undercover on her first field assignment and hilarity en…what’s that word? (MIKE: “Ensues.”) No, hilarity doesn’t sue anybody, you idiot, it just happens!
Anyway, Jason Statham also stars as a rogue operative/reluctant partner as they try to take down evil hottie Rose Byrne and stop the sale of a nuke bomb.
Written and directed by Paul Feig.
- If you liked Feig’s BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT, you’ll dig this too. More McCarthy antics and characters, with tons of swearing, crude jokes, sight gags, schtick and silly situations.
- You’ll also notice familiar faces of other actors from those films (good or bad, depending on your opinion). One of which is McCarthy’s off-screen hubby, Paul Falcone, in a funny cameo (but not as funny as the one in THE HEAT). Miranda Hart was also a great choice as McCarthy’s co-worker pal.
- Opening sequence with Jude Law as a James Bond-type was perfectly done.
- Rose Byrne looks hot in a skin-tight dress. Butt seriously.
- McCarthy shows a great range, from her demure, “regular gal” role in the beginning to her “tough-ass bodyguard” identity later on. And of course, her skills at physical comedy are among the best today. (Has anyone thought to pair her with Kevin James in a rom-com? I’d watch those two hefty bags pratfall over each other any day! Err, as long as there’s no nudity.)
- Jason Statham is not only a badass, but a funny one. His blowhard, over-confident character here is hilarious. Kind of a reverse Get Smart gag. He plays it dead straight and it works. And you gotta see his disguise.
- The randy Italian dude that’s a reckless driver. Reminds me of Pascale—always horny and a lousy driver. (MIKE: Hey! Stick to the movie!)
- McCarthy’s various cover identities were also clever and funny. (You smarter PC-types might appreciate the social satire, especially with her female boss.) She also kicked serious butt as an female Bond, which you don’t see in a lot of movies. (The kitchen fight was awesome!)
- The gags and action flow pretty easily. If you don’t laugh at one, there’s another coming along soon. A lot of typical Feig quick-exchange swear-word sometimes-absurd dialog.
- Did not see the plot twist coming. Not that it’s hard to notice, I was just too busy laughing.
- During the credits there are various shots of McCarthy’s other identities that are humorous. Better, there’s a short-but-funny button/outtake after all the credits if you have the time to stay.
- Some of the PC is obvious: barely any fat jokes. Kind of an elephant-in-the-dress thing that seemed odd sometimes. I mean, wouldn’t someone have a crack or five at an overweight agent? I sure would! (MIKE: Yes, but only if she couldn’t catch you.)
- Speaking of obvious, I don’t care what shape she’s in, but McCarthy could not run as fast as a skinny guy fleeing for his life. He would have lost her for sure. A few other logic-stretch scenes, but hey, it’s a silly comedy so it’s easier to let slide.
- Rose Byrne is hot in a skin-tight dress but that’s all we get! What’s the use of an “R” rating if it’s wasted? BRU’S RULE: For every three uses of the “F” word, there must be at least one shot of boob or butt. Too many flicks, including this one, violate this very important rule.
- —Per that rule, seeing quick cuts of Jason Statham’s naked (fake?) boner does NOT count! Hard to unsee that.
- If yer sensitive to that four-letter word or others, you should wait till this shows up edited-to-hell on network TV. (If they put beeps in for swearing and vulgar terms, the soundtrack would sound like Morse code!)
- One nasty vomit scene I could have done without. If yer eating popcorn, avert yer peepers after the one guy falls over the stairs.
- PC double standard: It’s bad to make fun of fat people but Italian stereotypes are okay? And where were the black folks in this flick? That’s the problem with PC.
- Wish they showed outtakes during the credits.
- (MIKE: As with THE HEAT, no storyboard artists are credited. I hope it’s because the director does his own.)
I guess there’s not a lot to justify seeing it on a huge screen (other than the usual car chases and explosions), but it’s a lot of fun and there’s a chance of idiots and critics online ruining some of the gags and plot twists if you wait too long. Besides, it’s a nice palette-cleanser between all the superhero and fantasy flicks. McCarthy is more than just a female Kevin James or Chris Farley—she’s a gifted, versatile actress with bigger cojones than any action star, man or woman! Enjoy.
P.S.: Time to get your own piece of ORIGINAL ART by Pascale! Any comic, book or movie character you like, he can do. Or how about YOU or a pal/loved one as one of those characters? He’ll do it. Just ask Craig here!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Wednesday’s Heroes, Mike Pascale, secret agents, fat folks, skinny chicks, the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, the IRS, S.H.I.E.L.D., A.I.M., S.P.E.C.T.R.E., C.O.N.T.R.O.L., K.A.O.S., or any other government or terrorist acronym. Bru would make an awesome spy…unless the villain offered him free beer and porn!