Ordinary people suddenly thrust into the spy game? You’ve seen it before in Spies Like Us, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Eagle Eye, and many more. So it comes as no surprise that a parody of it starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as two bumbling women caught up in international chaos would be perfect.
Ya ever have one of THOSE days? You know, the kind where your boyfriend text-left you weeks ago, but shows up unexpectedly and is being shot at by God knows who and all because he’s a CIA spy carrying a super-secret flash drive and then DIES right in front of you? Yeah, one of THOSE days! Well, lovely, lonely Audrey (Kunis) is flabbergasted when told by runway-model handsome CIA spook Sebastian Henshaw (Sam Heughan) that her dead ex-boyfriend, Drew (Justin Theroux), was a spy. Audrey’s crazy BFF with an un-filtered mind (and mouth) Morgan (McKinnon), can’t believe it either. However, Drew gave Audrey some ‘save the world’ instructions before he died and you know what that means! Road trip!
Jetting off to Vienna to give the mysterious flash drive to someone in a restaurant, all hell breaks loose when Sebastian shows up. Wait, is he a good guy or a bad guy? After a bloody exit, the girls are on the lam in Europe, getting lost, being chased & shot at, and getting captured and tortured by a creepy alien-looking gymnast/assassin (Ivanna Sakhno). All the while Audrey and motor-mouth Morgan are slowly getting into the whole “spy” swing of things and figuring out what’s on that flash drive. Expect your requisite double-crosses, spy-talk and gadgets, and someone falling in love. Oh, and a phone call to Edward Snowden in Russia… didn’t see that one coming!
Written by David Iserson (only TV series like New Girl and Mr. Robot) and director Susanna Fogel, who’s making her motion picture debut here as both a screenwriter & director. Fogel, best known for writing forgettable TV series (Chasing Life, Play by Play), has a sharp eye when it comes to two things: where to put the camera and taking a boring, clichéd premise and making it palatable for Kunis & McKinnon. For her foray as a big screen director, she doesn’t play it safe; the camera moves with John Wick style and efficiency for the dazzling fight scenes, then breathes for the comedic timing and pacing.
On the other hand, I’m guessing that, since this is Iserson and Fogel’s first movie screenplay, they decided to load it up with spy scene after spy scene, chase after chase, going from one country to another, escaping then getting captured, padding out scenes for no reasons, yadda-yadda-yadda. It gets exhausting after a while (two hours of this!); most of this could have been easily trimmed or cut. Then there are all the ‘wet spaghetti’ jokes; throwing handfuls of gags and lines out to see if a few of them will land. Many do, many do not. There’s no doubt that Kunis & McKinnon have got great chemistry, but the party’s gotta end sometime.