The spy comedy is a genre almost as venerated and beloved as the spy genre it mocks. There’s Our Man Flint, Casino Royale (the original Woody Allen one), Austin Powers, MacGruber, and now the simply titled Spy. It stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA officer who is sent out into the field for her first time after a fabulously well-dressed super-villain (Rose Byrne) learns the identities of every working CIA agent. Now the woman who’s always taken a backseat to her boss (Jude Law, the Bond to her Moneypenny) gets to step into the spotlight.
Paul Feig’s The Heat took a genre that has traditionally belonged to men — the buddy cop movie — and gave it a female twist. Feig’s new movie, Spy, does much the same thing, this time for spy films, a world that has long been by, about, and for dudes and their power fantasies. Spy explicitly subverts the genre’s typical gender dynamics by casting Melissa McCarthy as a lowly, desk-bound CIA analyst named Susan Cooper, who has spent her entire career in the shadow of a glamorous James Bond-esque spy (Jude Law) and then finally gets her opportunity to step into the spotlight and become a full-fledged field agent.
The dust has barely settled from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and already we’ve got a look at the lineup for the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. After an initial announcement that included opening night film ‘Brand,’ about comedian Russell Brand,’ things have filled out really nicely with a ton of promising-sounding selections.
This shouldn’t be a hard sell. Did you like ‘Bridesmaids’? Did you like ‘The Heat’? Do you enjoy the slapstick antics of Melissa McCarthy? Well good, then, ‘Spy’ is definitely the movie for you.
Uh-oh, do we detect a bit of Chang in the wind? Even with NBC's abysmal ratings of late and the notoriously-troubled 'Community's fairly moderate performance of late, fans eagerly await news of a potential fifth season. And even though NBC might not be in the best position to discard a potentially profitable series, 'Community' star Ken Jeong has given himself a parachute by taking a role in ABC's forthcoming comedy 'Spy.' Find out how much things will Chang inside!