“I did once get upgraded to premium economy, it was pretty plush,” Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy)
A well-written action-comedy with a lady in the lead, her sidekick a woman, her boss a female and the main adversary a mademoiselle, you might be questioning if we’ve entered a parallel universe of gender parity? Director Paul Feig continues his run of female-skewing laugh riots after BRIDESMAIDS and THE HEAT. In no way are dudes alienated. (Why should they be?) His ace of course is lead Melissa McCarthy, who combines a winning mix of: Timing, forthrightness and humiliation absorption. Here, she adds badassery to the list, emerging from the cocoon of mousy desk-jockey to hurt locker deliverer. Normally a perennial scene-stealer, someone else earns that title in SPY, Rose Byrne’s nemesis.
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