Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95% (Critics) / 85% (Audience)
Directed By: Paul Feig
Written By: Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Jason Statham
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. – (Source)
Melissa McCarthy is hilarious and she can have comedic chemistry with anyone and anything. Luckily Paul Fiege surrounds her with just as capable scene partners and some really funny situations so that she and the rest of the cast can shine. And who knew Jason Statham could be so freaking funny?
A good 30 or 40 minutes could have been shaved off of this movie to make it a much tighter and more cohesive film. I have yet to see the comedy that needed to be a full 2 hours long.
The only sour note in the whole film for me was Peter Serafinowicz’s broad and way to over-the-top Italian Lothario spy. It was just a bit too cheap of a joke character that never quite worked for me.
Final Verdict: A fun, if a bit overlong, spoof that allows Melissa McCarthy to flex her considerable physical comedy muscles and features a hilariously surprising comedic performance by action tough guy Jason Statham that is pure comedy gold in every scene he appears in. Can’t wait to see what they do for an encore.