Back for another romp directing his star-pupil, Melissa McCarthy – He previously directed her in BRIDEMAIDS & THE HEAT – Paul Feig is out to prove McCarthy’s got what it takes to be a REAL SPY too, with his new film – SPY!

Delegated to the dungeon of the CIA headquarters, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) seems to be the brains of the operation, signaling critical info to keep her partner, Bradley Fine (Jude Law) alive.

When Fine meets his demise at the hands of the beautiful, yet completely ruthless Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), Cooper is devastated, as maybe for her, they were more than just friends.

It seems too, that Boyanov and her cohorts in crime have a make on ALL of the CIA Operatives, including the notorious Rick Ford (Jason Statham), forcing Chief CIA Operative Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) to take Cooper up on her offer to go undercover, as no one on the outside knows she exists.

Given the lamest and most undesirable cover identities known to man~ Cooper tries to make the most of it~ as she sets out to find Rayna and her accomplice, Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale).

Even though Ford has been told to stay far away from Cooper since his identity is known ~ like any typical macho guy ~ he can’t let a woman handle this… but, since Rayne and Sergio know who he is, is he going to blow Cooper’s cover too???

I give SPY 4 out of 5 Stars: Are you as surprised as I was by that rating??? After seeing the trailer for this film, I thought going in that I would be settling for another of McCarthy’s typical type cast films. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!! SPY is anything but your typical Melissa McCarthy film! Don’t get me wrong, I love her funny side and her quirky sense of humor ~ which does periodically appear in small doses~ but this film is SO MUCH MORE!! She actually plays a SPY – she is the brains of the operation…and actually kicks some bad ass they along the way too ~ who knew she had it in her?! And true to form, Jude Law and Jason Statham are perfectly cast in their respective roles, and I loved Byrne as the Diva/Prima Donna/BAD GIRL as well…everything about this film just totally clicked. I even found myself feeling slightly remorseful for my rash judgment going in as I watched everything unfold. This was definitely one of those movies that caught me totally by surprise. I also won’t be shocked if there are additional SPY films in McCarthy’s future, because as strange as it sounds, Mellissa totally nailed the CIA agent/SPY role – and could reprise it again, and again, if she wanted to!

Kathy Kaiser

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