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    Currently 100% on Rotten Tomates.

    I really adore McCarthy and I’m hoping that this movie will bring her nothing but success.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    It’s coming out May 22. That 100% is going way down…

    It looks so sooooo so bad and so repetitive of every other comedy she’s done post Bridesmaids. The poster alone makes me want to wait for cable. Of course they need a spy who doesn’t look like a spy and of course its her and of course she sucks and of course she falls down and of course she’s rude. She’s Melissa McCarthy in a comedy! Why wouldn’t she be all those things.

    The only thing that gives me hope is Paul Feig, but McCarthy needs to stop doing this. Next year some gangster movie will need a hooker that doesn’t look like a hooker but she has to be tough, mean, she can’t handle a gun, but wait, yes she can, she’ll get outrun by every bad guy, but she’ll try to run anyway so we all can laugh and all this so she can rescue some blonde (pick a random tv star), and guess who’s going to get cast…
     

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    Reviews out of SXSW are surprisingly very positive, and they say that if you are expecting the Melissa McCarthy from ‘Tammy’ and ‘Identity Thief’ you are very wrong… Some say it’s her best performance yet, and it doesn’t crack jokes at her weight or require her to do slapstick comedy based on her weight, which I’ll be the first to admit is the opposite of what I thought the reviews would say. This has an 85 on Metacritic so far. Color me totally surprised.

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    Variety Review from Justin Chang:


    Melissa McCarthy gets the funniest, most versatile and sustained comic showcase of her movie career in this deliriously entertaining action-comedy.

    If recent misfires like “Tammy” and “Identity Thief” have proved anything, it’s that Melissa McCarthy is virtually indestructible, retaining her comic buoyancy, her tremendous likability and much of her fan base even when stuck with bargain-basement material. All of which makes it even more gratifying to see what she can do with a vehicle that’s firing on all cylinders for a change. In “Spy,” an uproarious blast of globe-trotting action-comedy delirium that doesn’t spoof the espionage-thriller genre so much as drop a series of banana peels in its path, McCarthy plays an eager-to-please desk jockey turned full-blown CIA operative who learns to wield a gun as skillfully as she does a one-liner — a dazzling transformation that represents the actress’s smartest, funniest, most versatile and fully sustained bigscreen showcase to date. Unsurprisingly, her key collaborator here is once again Paul Feig, who directed her to such show-stopping effect in “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” and Fox’s June 5 release will more than earn its place in the company of those past summer hits. 

    If “The Heat” (2013) placed its righteous gender politics front and center, pairing McCarthy with Sandra Bullock as a happy corrective to the male-dominated buddy-comedy tradition, then “Spy,” a vastly richer and more intricately conceived piece of work, succeeds in scoring a subtler representational coup. To call it feminist would hardly be inaccurate, but it might risk diminishing the singularity of McCarthy’s achievement: It’s not every woman (and certainly not every man) who can juggle the often-conflicting priorities of action and comedy as skillfully as she does here. Put another way, it’s hard to think of another performer, male or female, who could leap onto a motorcycle and immediately topple over sideways, and pull off the gag with such fumbling precision — or is it precise fumbling? — that it can only be described as graceful.

    Admittedly, Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a fortysomething analyst stuck behind a desk in a vermin-ridden basement at CIA headquarters, doesn’t seem wired for action at first. The film opens with an extended combat sequence in Bulgaria, where a suave James Bond type named Bradley Fine (Jude Law) blows away a series of thugs as he tries to locate the whereabouts of a nuclear bomb. His secret weapon, however, turns out to be Susan, who communicates with Fine via hidden earpiece, using all manner of high-tech surveillance equipment to maneuver him past every obstacle and enemy assailant. It’s a highly effective working relationship, albeit one that invariably leaves the hard-working Susan feeling more like a secretary or assistant than an equal, never mind that she has years of successful field training under her belt. It doesn’t help that she’s nursing a major unrequited crush on Fine, who, much like everyone else, looks at her and sees a single, middle-aged, overweight loner whose Agency career has probably already peaked.

    But when Fine is suddenly assassinated by a haughty Bulgarian arms dealer named Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), who somehow knows the identities of all the CIA’s top operatives, Susan becomes determined to enter the field herself for the first time and avenge her partner’s death, arguing that she’s the only one who won’t be recognized. Against the protests of surly agent Richard Ford (Jason Statham, hilariously sending up his meathead persona), the Agency chief (Allison Janney) reluctantly agrees, though she forbids Susan to put herself in harm’s way and sends her to Paris on a basic track-and-report mission. Should her intel prove valuable, it could lead them not only to Rayna but also to Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale), a greasy-haired terrorist who’s trying to acquire the nuke for his own nefarious, loosely Al Qaeda-related reasons. (The plot, outlined here at lightning speed, never makes more sense than it has to.)

    Feig’s beautifully structured, zinger-stuffed screenplay mines no shortage of amusement from the spectacle of Susan being briefed and prepped for duty: The Agency’s resident Q type fills her purse with high-tech gadgets, all sadly disguised as items that a woman like her would carry (hemorrhoid patches, stool softeners, etc.). Meanwhile, every phony alias and passport she’s assigned is invariably that of some frumpy Midwestern tourist; as Susan notes, “I look like someone’s homophobic aunt.” The comedy here has a shrewd double edge: On a certain level, Feig and McCarthy may well be inviting us to laugh at the sight of Susan in a bouffant wig and an oversized cat T-shirt, but they’re also taking deliberate aim at the sort of mentality that would write her off as a hopelessly unattractive loser in the first place.

    Eventually, Susan’s mission takes her from Paris to Rome to Budapest — guided via earpierce by her easily excitable colleague Nancy (the delightfully dithering Miranda Hart), and accompanied much of the time by an overly amorous Italian associate, Aldo (British actor Peter Serafinowicz). Eventually Susan is required to drop the ugly-American guise and pass herself off as Rayna’s personal bodyguard — an inspired masquerade that necessitates the sort of radiant physical makeover that, between this and “Identity Thief,” might well become a semi-regular Melissa McCarthy movie trope. More crucially, however, it allows the actress’s head-butting, expletive-hurling, take-no-prisoners personality to emerge in full force, as Susan puts aside her earlier timidity and taps into the inner core of rage that, as neatly foreshadowed in the script, once made her one of the CIA’s most promising (and vicious) trainees before she was sidelined into a desk job.

    Whether she’s dangling from the bottom of a helicopter, slamming a metal pot over the head of a knife-wielding assassin (Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri), vomiting in disbelief over the corpse of a henchman she’s just eliminated, or kicking the crap out of a “Swedish motherf—er” just for the hell of it, McCarthy’s performance is a never-ending succession of priceless moments. For all her strengths as a verbal and physical performer, there’s a real core of emotion here, too; remarkably, she manages to pull all these disparate extremes of violence and comedy into a stirring, coherent portrait of a woman motivated by love, loyalty and a courageous if unrealized sense of her own inner worth.

    For some, the term “action-comedy hybrid” may trigger dire memories of earlier studio mediocrities like “Knight and Day,” “Killers” and “The Bounty Hunter,” in which the two genres blended about as harmoniously as oil and water. By contrast, “Spy” gets the balance almost exactly right, predicated on the eminently sensible notion that a well-timed verbal jab can help punch up an action scene, while a high-speed car chase can only be improved with some discreet breast groping. Even when the violence catches you off guard with its sudden ferocity, it works in no small part because Feig, avoiding the surreal silliness of an “Austin Powers”-style sendup, adopts a humorous angle on the world of international espionage while maintaining a surprisingly straight face.

    In keeping with this approach, the actors have mastered the art of inhabiting two different worlds simultaneously, tossing off even their funnier lines without breaking character. Having emerged as a comedic powerhouse in “Bridesmaids” and “Neighbors,” Byrne is no less brilliant here with her crimson lips, mile-high coiffure and supreme hauteur. Statham’s Ford, staying out of the action spotlight for a change, is mainly on hand to perform an ongoing riff in which he tries to convince Susan she’s not cut out for the job, rattling off various examples of his own tolerance for extreme pain (i.e., having to sew one arm back on with the other) that could well have been ripped from the many indifferent shoot-’em-ups littering his resume. Law, clearly having fun playing Bond for a day, brings an extra shot of star power to the across-the-board superb supporting cast.

    The film’s scenic international locations and spy-thriller orientation have called forth a much higher level of technical polish than usual for a studio comedy, as evidenced by d.p. Robert Yeoman’s slick lensing, Jefferson Sage’s elaborate production design, a sexy-satirical Bond-style opening credits sequence, and action scenes of startlingly visceral impact (some of it achieved with some noticeable digital tweaking). The print reviewed at SXSW contained no closing credits, leaving an incomplete running time of 115 minutes. 

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    It’s coming out May 22. That 100% is going way down…

    It looks so sooooo so bad and so repetitive of every other comedy she’s done post Bridesmaids. The poster alone makes me want to wait for cable. Of course they need a spy who doesn’t look like a spy and of course its her and of course she sucks and of course she falls down and of course she’s rude. She’s Melissa McCarthy in a comedy! Why wouldn’t she be all those things.

    The only thing that gives me hope is Paul Feig, but McCarthy needs to stop doing this. Next year some gangster movie will need a hooker that doesn’t look like a hooker but she has to be tough, mean, she can’t handle a gun, but wait, yes she can, she’ll get outrun by every bad guy, but she’ll try to run anyway so we all can laugh and all this so she can rescue some blonde (pick a random tv star), and guess who’s going to get cast…
     

    Most of Melissa McCarthy’s performances are impressive. She is good in comedy and drama as well. Some of her choices (“Tammy”) are trashy for sure, but I’m also sure that she’s funnier than any of those skinny bitches you probably like better. I think she’s an amazing actress and deserves her success. Let’s face it. Having that kind of a film career in her 40’s with that look (what I think is beautiful, but it’s not Hollywood beautiful of course) is a MIRACLE.

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    Troy
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    I really like McCarthy and am one who believes she was MUCH better in “Bridesmaids” than Octavia Spencer was in the “The Help.”

    Hopefully this films continue to rake in positive reviews and notices for her.

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    I’m usually all in for McCarthy films whenever they don’t look like total bombs (“Tammy,” of course), and I think the trailer for this one looks really good. I’m delighted with the extremely positive reviews for this one. If it supposedly tops her “Bridesmaids” performance, I think she can definitely get a Golden Globe nod for this. The reunion with Paul Feig definitely helps, I think. She’s just a riot and on these types of films, I’m usually ignorant of critics who go tough, but that they’re celebrating the film makes me excited to see it!

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    Tammy was funny I don’t know why it gets beaten up so much. I’m excited for this. A lot of surprising praise for Jason Statham for being funny so I am excited to see this! Paul Feig has been on a roll anyways

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    babypook
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    Well, it wont be McCarthy that gets me into the theatre for this.
    It’s Jason Statham. I am an unabashed fan of his. I’ve seen literally everything he’s been in, plus, I remember him as an Olympic Diver.

    I’m there.

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    I really like McCarthy and am one who believes she was MUCH better in “Bridesmaids” than Octavia Spencer was in the “The Help.”
    Hopefully this films continue to rake in positive reviews and notices for her.

    She should have won the Oscar. It’s one of the greatest performances of all time. Most people wanted her to win after her nomination was reality itself. It’s shame she didn’t, because the Academy didn’t nominate such performances much. I mean pure comedic scene-stealer ones. I can name Joan Cusack in “In & Out” for another example. I’m all for comedy at the Oscars. And McCarthy needed this well-deserved Oscar nomination to have a film career.

    Also people treating McCarthy pretty wrongly. She’s been in many good projects, having raves for her performances including “The Nines” “Bridesmaids” “This is 40” “St. Vincent” “The Heat” and now probably “Spy”.

    Her only missed were “The Identity Thief” and “Tammy”. As of the latter, who wouldn’t work with Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates or Allison Janney for real? So I’m not blaming her to do that project.

    She’s probably one of my favorite actresses.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    [quote=”BenitoDelicias”]It’s coming out May 22. That 100% is going way down…
    It looks so sooooo so bad and so repetitive of every other comedy she’s done post Bridesmaids. The poster alone makes me want to wait for cable. Of course they need a spy who doesn’t look like a spy and of course its her and of course she sucks and of course she falls down and of course she’s rude. She’s Melissa McCarthy in a comedy! Why wouldn’t she be all those things.
    The only thing that gives me hope is Paul Feig, but McCarthy needs to stop doing this. Next year some gangster movie will need a hooker that doesn’t look like a hooker but she has to be tough, mean, she can’t handle a gun, but wait, yes she can, she’ll get outrun by every bad guy, but she’ll try to run anyway so we all can laugh and all this so she can rescue some blonde (pick a random tv star), and guess who’s going to get cast…

    Most of Melissa McCarthy’s performances are impressive. She is good in comedy and drama as well. Some of her choices (“Tammy”) are trashy for sure, but I’m also sure that she’s funnier than any of those skinny bitches you probably like better. I think she’s an amazing actress and deserves her success. Let’s face it. Having that kind of a film career in her 40’s with that look (what I think is beautiful, but it’s not Hollywood beautiful of course) is a MIRACLE.[/quote]
    When did I hate on McCarthy in general or show that I probably like some other “skinny” bitches better? Why even mention skinny bitches in general as if I’m hating on her being overweight? I’m basically hating on her Tammy and Identity Thief roles that sucked big time and were mostly the same and mixed my rant with a bit of The Heat which also had some of the same things those other roles had. And the premise of this movie and the trailer (that apparently only I saw) didn’t tell me it would be any different than those two/three roles. It looks exactly the same.
    I really really like McCarthy, pre-Bridesmaids, since Gilmore Girls, but it’s frustrating that her resume is becoming more Tammy/Thief than Bridesmaids/St Vincent, for example. Because it’s not only the repetitive role, it’s also that the movies are awful. If this is as good as The Heat was, then bring it, if it’s as lame as the others and honestly to me it looks the same, then please stop.

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    [quote=”Vincelette”][quote=”BenitoDelicias”]It’s coming out May 22. That 100% is going way down…
    It looks so sooooo so bad and so repetitive of every other comedy she’s done post Bridesmaids. The poster alone makes me want to wait for cable. Of course they need a spy who doesn’t look like a spy and of course its her and of course she sucks and of course she falls down and of course she’s rude. She’s Melissa McCarthy in a comedy! Why wouldn’t she be all those things.
    The only thing that gives me hope is Paul Feig, but McCarthy needs to stop doing this. Next year some gangster movie will need a hooker that doesn’t look like a hooker but she has to be tough, mean, she can’t handle a gun, but wait, yes she can, she’ll get outrun by every bad guy, but she’ll try to run anyway so we all can laugh and all this so she can rescue some blonde (pick a random tv star), and guess who’s going to get cast…

    Most of Melissa McCarthy’s performances are impressive. She is good in comedy and drama as well. Some of her choices (“Tammy”) are trashy for sure, but I’m also sure that she’s funnier than any of those skinny bitches you probably like better. I think she’s an amazing actress and deserves her success. Let’s face it. Having that kind of a film career in her 40’s with that look (what I think is beautiful, but it’s not Hollywood beautiful of course) is a MIRACLE.[/quote]
    When did I hate on McCarthy in general or show that I probably like some other “skinny” bitches better? Why even mention skinny bitches in general as if I’m hating on her being overweight? I’m basically hating on her Tammy and Identity Thief roles that sucked big time and were mostly the same and mixed my rant with a bit of The Heat which also had some of the same things those other roles had. And the premise of this movie and the trailer (that apparently only I saw) didn’t tell me it would be any different than those two/three roles. It looks exactly the same.
    I really really like McCarthy, pre-Bridesmaids, since Gilmore Girls, but it’s frustrating that her resume is becoming more Tammy/Thief than Bridesmaids/St Vincent, for example. Because it’s not only the repetitive role, it’s also that the movies are awful. If this is as good as The Heat was, then bring it, if it’s as lame as the others and honestly to me it looks the same, then please stop.[/quote]

    The genre is the same, but I don’t see her as the same in none of these roles. Like at all. I’m not a fan of either “Tammy” or “The Identity Thief” but every other movies by McCarthy is pretty good and she’s outstanding in most as well. I only called you out because you were the only one commenting with a negative tone. Yes. The score will probably go down, but so far, let’s just enjoy her success!

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    100% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 12 reviews)

    “Melissa McCarthy is right up there with Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton as action heroines.”

    “Paul Feig once again shows that he understands how to draw only the best out of Melissa McCarthy, which ensures that Spy is a hilarious espionage thriller that doesn’t skimp on the action.”

    “Spy is a dizzyingly funny espionage comedy, with a non-farcical, non-spoof plot that works on a straightforward level, too. With several very funny performances and some memorable dialogue, it’s almost beside the point that, oh yeah, it happens to star a woman.”

    “The girl-power angle is enough of a twist to make the spy spoof feel newish.”

    “Empowering but uneven.”

    “Feig’s commitment to the genre, and some truly wonderful set pieces, make “Spy” as lovable as its main character.”

    “[It made] the audience howl so loudly that it was hard to hear some of the lines.”

    “Melissa McCarthy finally gets the role she deserves, and she doesn’t squander it. (Not for nothing: this is also true of Jason Statham.)”

    “Melissa McCarthy gets the funniest, most versatile and sustained comic showcase of her movie career in this deliriously entertaining action-comedy.”

    “Fans of Melissa McCarthy can rejoice: With “Spy,” the very charming, deeply lovable, potently funny actress finally gets a role worthy of her talent.”

    “Melissa McCarthy comes into her own as a comic star in Spy, stepping out from recent supporting- and co-headlining roles to become the big screen A-lister she promised to be in 2011’s Bridesmaids.”

    “McCarthy and Byrne’s scenes together are cruelly hilarious, with the kind of no-holds-barred insult humor that makes you instinctively drop your jaw and cover your mouth.”

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    Her only misses were “The Identity Thief” and “Tammy”. As for the latter, who wouldn’t work with Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates or Allison Janney for real? So I’m not blaming her to do that project.

    Tammy is a vehicle she co-wrote and produced with her husband.

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    Looking forward to McCarthy’s second Oscar nod after her very well deserved first.

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