Paul Feig (2015)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
Melissa McCarthy becomes a bona-fide movie star in Spy, reteaming with Paul Feig who directed her in Bridesmaids and The Heat. She plays a CIA desk agent sent into the field to gather intelligence on Rose Byrne's criminal mastermind. However, she immediately breaks protocol by sidling up to said villainess with all the subtlety of a boulder. This is followed by McCarthy bumbling her way through glamorous European locations in high-octane style, hobbled by a less than glamorous disguise (complete with spy gadgets packed to look like haemorrhoid treatments). Feig scores plenty of laughs by making McCarthy look laughably incongruous when she should be inconspicuous, and her banter with old Bridesmaids comrade Byrne, as she strikes up an unlikely friendship, is deliciously bitchy fun. Miranda Hart isa tad jarring as McCarthy's sidekick, but Jason Statham is Feig's secret weapon as a super-agent who thinks he's better qualified than McCarthy and tells her exactly why in hilariously excruciating detail. Still, this is McCarthy's show. She carries the film with huge charm, razor-sharp comic instincts and surprising chop-socky skills.


A deskbound CIA agent provides valuable background support for a dashing secret agent, but has never gone into action herself. Everything changes, when the spy mysteriously vanishes, and she leaps into action to take his place, infiltrating the inner circle of a ruthless arms dealer and trying to avert a global catastrophe. Comedy adventure, starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne.

Cast & Crew

Susan Cooper Melissa McCarthy
Rick Ford Jason Statham
Rayna Boyanov Rose Byrne
Nancy Miranda Hart
De Luca Bobby Cannavale
Elaine Crocker Allison Janney
Aldo Peter Serafinowicz
Karen Walker Morena Baccarin
Bradley Fine Jude Law
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
Verka Serduchka Verka Serduchka
Director Paul Feig
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudity, sex scenes. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Jun 2015
Comedy Drama