Three Stooges with four-letter words.
A fluffy spoof with gouts of blood.
No question: “Spy” is a belly laugh parody of the 007 oeuvre. But it is so much more. And so much less. It’s another big budget movie made by committee or, perhaps, a series of focus groups. The result is unclassifiable, barely describable. Imagine a salad made of Romaine lettuce, avocados, metal shavings, road kill and 11 cups of Crisco.
Melissa McCarthy (lots of belly, lots of laughs) plays Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst who handles the logistics while the very-Bondish Bradley Fine (Jude Law) has all the fun in the field (read: kills people).
But Bradley’s latest mission goes badly when the babe-acious Bulgarian arms dealer he is tracking (Rose Byrne) gets the drop on him and puts him away. His last words are something like, “Oh no!” Her last words into Bradley’s CIA earpiece are even more chilling: she identifies every single one of America’s top spies. Oh no!
But somebody — somebody — has got to follow after the MIA Bradley Fine. For that Bulgarian bombshell he was tailing is about to hand over a suitcase nuke to a band of unsavory Chechens.
And thus it is that agent Susan Cooper steps forward and offers her services to the CIA chief, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney).
The guy spies say “no way.” Macho agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is particularly outraged at the idea. But, the fact is Susan Cooper is the only agent not known to the murderous merchant of death, so Susan gets the gig and the wild-eyed Ford goes wild and then rogue.
Agent Susan pursues her prey from Paris to Rome to Bulgaria (or not … hard to follow). She proves herself to be an exceptionally capable spy: dead shot, superb close-quarters fighter, daredevil driver and Olympic-level master of the F-word and profane threat.
Like last year’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” we have in “Spy” a juvenile potty-mouth movie with here and there a gross-out yet the supporting cast is outstanding: Law, Janney, Byrne, Statham Miranda Hart (“Call the Midwife”), Peter Serafinowicz and Bobby Cannavale. What are nice people like you doing in a movie like this?