Move over, James Bond (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig), and make room for Super-Spy Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy)! This is the funniest movie I have seen in a very long time, and I anticipate it will be the funniest movie of the year! You won’t think about it five minutes after you leave the theater, but, if you like laughing a lot, don’t miss this one.
Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is trying to locate and take possession of a missing nuclear device that is about to be sold to a terrorist who plans on using it within a week to blow up NYC. Susan Cooper’s job at the CIA bunker is to help Bradly in his missions, via computer guidance, by talking into his earpiece to keep him out of danger (much like Chloe O’Brien’s role in “24”). She has a crush on Fine. Susan was trained as a field agent, but was never even given a chance to go on a mission. Bradley gets shot by the evil female fiend who has the nuclear device, Raina Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who then brags to Susan that she knows the names and faces of all the top CIA field agents, including Rick Ford (Jason Statham).
Since all the top field agents will be easily spotted, CIA Director Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) accepts Susan’s offer to go out into the field. Crocker just wants Susan to “track and report” back to the CIA, so that the device can be located. Rick Ford is furious that he wasn’t given the assignment, so he quits the CIA with the intent to recover the device on his own. Cooper, however, once starting the mission, soon realizes that, if it is to succeed, she will need to expand her role.
The film is consistently funny and often LOL funny. It is made like a high-budget James Bond film (i.e. “Goldfinger”) with a great theme song and flashy opening credits. What is also impressive is that it is a good espionage story and has considerable action and suspense, despite all the humor. There are some unique fight scenes. Writer/Director Paul Feig has written a creative, humorous and clever screenplay, and he gets good performances from the capable ensemble cast. (McCarthy and Byrne have a very funny “Beauty and the Beast” dynamic.) The movie, however, belongs to McCarthy, who is a very talented comic actor at the top of her game.