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Is Spy worth a trip to the movies?
Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy in Spy (2015) - photo by Sarah Binghurst
Spy, a new comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, crashed into theaters this past weekend, and here are a few things you should know before you go.

Youve seen it before

No matter how many spy movies youve seen, theres a good chance you will recognize 99 percent of what happens in the movie. Its not dj vu, its simply a lack of originality.

From classy black-tie events to shady European hotels, Spy covers almost every setting imaginable for a spy movie. The gadgets are no surprise either, except for the way the CIA disguises them. There is even the iconic dangling from a helicopter over water scene.

However, it must be said that what the movie lacks in originality, Melissa McCarthy makes up for with her various aliases that are anything but chic.

It gets pretty gross

Spy is rated R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity. Expect a high volume of F-words, which comes as no surprise in a Paul Feig movie.

To say some sexual content is putting it very lightly. The most graphic and inappropriate aspect of the film is the discovery of nude pictures found on an enemys camera. Be prepared as one not-too-inconspicuous innuendo follows another in rapid succession and increasing vulgarity.

What you might like

Melissa McCarthy is, of course, extremely funny and steals the show. But there are plenty of other impressive comedic performances. Surprisingly, Jason Statham is one of the highlights of this movie. He just gets funnier and funnier as the movie progresses and his character becomes more ridiculous.

There is a sweeter side of the movie as well, with an ultimate message of finding self-confidence and the importance of friendship.

Yay or nay?

So, theres some good and some bad about Spy. Is there enough good to outweigh the bad? Not in my opinion. There are plenty of other secret agent comedies to better fill your time, even without the attractive Jude Law, who by the way is only in about five minutes of the movie.

If you are a huge fan of Melissa McCarthy or extremely crude humor, this might be a good fit. If you are looking for an uplifting night at the movies, you might be better off finding another flick.
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