Reviewed by Michael Dalton
On the evidence of her work since the breakout hit Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy needs to work with director Paul Feig always. She’s been hard to credit since then, with the exception of a dramatic turn in last year’s St. Vincent where she played a desperate, single mother. The Heat, also directed by Feig, had its moments but Identity Thief and Tammy were both futile and the big joke was how foul-mouthed, detestable, and slobbish she could be. In Spy the language is flying thick and fast (too often attaching “fuck” to the insult is the punchline) but she’s a flesh and blood character, she has something to build on, and she does it very well. In this loose parody of all things Bond (even the credits riff on it) where she has great support from a villainous Rose Byrne, a surprisingly funny Jason Statham, a brittle Allison Janney, and a perfectly gawky Miranda Hart as her best friend, she reigns.