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|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Ca. 120 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
A dangerous weapon has fallen into the wrong hands and could cost many people their lives. The only one who knows where the weapon is is Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), the ice-cold daughter of a recently deceased arms supplier. Too bad Rayna just took out top agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) and reveals that she knows the identity of all CIA agents operating undercover. Therefore someone must be found who has enjoyed the necessary training, but whom the nasty Rayna does not know. Against any better reason, CIA boss Crocker (Allison Janney) decides to send inconspicuous Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) from her desk to the front. Observed by special agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham), Susan is to establish contact with Rayna and locate the location of the bomb. A mission Susan can't really trust anyone to do. And since she quickly causes a lot of chaos on her first undercover mission, all fears seem to be confirmed. But Susan Cooper has some surprises in store for her superiors as well as for her opponents...
"Spy - Susan Cooper Undercover" is the third - and with "Ghostbusters" in the pipeline not the last - collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy. After playing rather prolific characters in "Bridesmaids" and "Taffe Mädels", which also seemed to have become her trademark in other movies like "Voll ripped off" or "Tammy", she is allowed to play a different tune here. At the beginning, she provides some somewhat tense-looking foreign shame moments in the grey mouse mode, which despite the wonderful beginning in the best James Bond manner don't make you expect much good. But fortunately, these scenes aren't representative for the rest of the movie.
Because as soon as Susan Cooper starts her mission, the whole thing turns into a really funny agent parody with lots of really good laughs. Of course, there are some scenes that overshoot the mark and draw their humor from the lower drawers. But all in all, the gags work really well, no matter whether it's pure slapstick, humorous action or clever wordplay. The film does not only profit from its pleasingly biting basic tone. It is above all the good-humoured ensemble that makes the fun of this comedy skyrocket.
It is not McCarthy or her British colleague Miranda Hart ("Miranda") who leave a special impression here. Rather, it is Jude Law as an allergy-suffering Bond cut, Rose Byrne as an ice-cold, arrogant arms dealer, or Allison Janney as a totally unnerved CIA boss who provide some of the best laughs. The secret star of the movie, however, is Jason Statham, who not only takes his own image to task, but also reveals a comedic talent in general, that you wouldn't have expected from him. And he is still a damn cool sock even when he makes a monkey out of himself. He also embodies the mixture that ultimately makes the movie work so well.
Because "Spy - Susan Cooper Undercover" isn't just a completely silly stuff, but also a really decent agent thriller with some good action sequences. These are also a bit overdone, but are choreographed and staged really well. All this leads to the conclusion that Paul Feig has delivered his best and funniest movie so far, which at least weakens the big doubts about his female "Ghostbusters"-Reboot a bit. It's a big fun movie that's as silly as it is clever, as clumsy as it is disrespectful, and as fast-paced as it is punchy. And for that there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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