In the middle of a crisis for the CIA, the usually desk-bound agent Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is unexpectedly given the assignment of keeping an eye on an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) with access to a nuke. The Bridesmaids (2011) director reunited with McCarthy and Byrne for another comedy that is way too protracted. But he also makes sure that there is a steady stream of laughs and action throughout, as our hero battles both the arms dealer and a cocky renegade agent. Works largely because of its two leads who are hilarious, the latter sending himself up in a way that would have made Leslie Nielsen proud.
2015-U.S. 120 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Paul Feig. Cast: Melissa McCarthy (Susan Cooper), Jason Statham (Rick Ford), Jude Law (Bradley Fine), Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale… Allison Janney, Björn Gustafsson, 50 Cent.
Trivia: Also released in a ten minute longer version.
Quote: “You really think you’re ready for the field? I once used defibrillators on myself. I put shards of glass in my fuckin’ eye. I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show!” (Statham to McCarthy)