Samir Mehta: “It ruled.”
I love Melissa McCarthy to an almost unreasonable degree and this movie is flat-out her best film. She soars as a lead killing everything she does well. The movie undermines action cliches while telling a pretty fun action story. It absolutely roasts the overt and covert sexism in action movies. And Jason Statham gives his (only) best acting performance ever. (I loathe him as an actor, but this movie reveals a wonderful self-aware comedic side that I would not mind seeing again.)
Add to that some killer slapstick and this is a must-see.
Scott Hardie: I would bet that Statham doesn't do more of this kind of self-spoofing comedy because the preposterous, unlikely action pictures that he makes so much money starring in would not survive much parody from their star, breaking the illusion that he takes them as seriously as their audience does. But I remember him being a decent dramatic actor before he transitioned into all action roles, so I'm not surprised that he can handle comedy.
I really like McCarthy too. Your review makes me want to see this even more. − December 29, 2015 more by Scott
Erik Bates: “It was ok.”
I've been hoping that Melissa McCarthy would find her stride as a leading actress on the big screen after such great success as a supporting actress in Hangover and This is 40. Even in Heat, I don't know if it would have worked without Sandra Bullock.
I was pretty unimpressed after seeing her in Tammy, but am pleasantly surprised in her performance in Spy. All-around, a good movie with some good laughs. I hope this is a sign of things to come, as soon as she can get away from CBS sitcom obligations.
Scott Hardie: I think she's already done filming the last episodes of Mike & Molly, so with luck she's free already. Perhaps Ghostbusters will finally be her big hit. − December 29, 2015 more by Scott