‘Spy’ a fresh, female-driven iteration of popular genre

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During SXSW, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig told a massive audience at the Paramount Theatre that he always wanted to direct a James Bond movie. He knew no Hollywood executive would ever give him that chance. So he recruited Melissa McCarthy and made his own spy film that is simply titled “Spy.”

McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, a 40-something desk-bound CIA agent. Through a series of events, Cooper becomes a globetrotting spy who must save the world. 

To accomplish her mission, Cooper is assigned several identities that she says makes her “look like someone’s homophobic aunt.”

Throughout her mission, Cooper encounters numerous unforgettable characters. One is a rogue agent played by Jason Statham. 

Usually the tough no-nonsense action star, Statham plays a spy that often goes on tirades about the things he has done to accomplish his missions but does not realize how outlandish they truly are. 

Statham plays his role very straight faced, which only makes his character funnier.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a spy movie without a villain. Rose Byrne plays the big-haired baddie in “Spy.” Byrne truly shines in this role, especially when her and McCarthy throw profanity laden insults at each other. 

The heart of “Spy” is with McCarthy. She carries the movie and brings her character to life. There’s no one quite like McCarthy in Hollywood. 

What could have easily been a complete train wreck of a movie, turned into a hilarious spy movie thanks in part to McCarthy and Feig’s screenwriting skills. 

Feig said while he was writing the movie he often thought of what a spy’s first mission would be like. This thought process led to some hilarious scenes, such as Cooper’s first kill that ends up being very grotesque. The SXSW audience ate it all up. 

Hopefully, “Spy” is just a preview of what to expect for the new “Ghostbusters” movie that reunite Feig and McCarthy. 

Whoever said that women are not funny are wrong. “Spy” — and the many other female-driven comedies that debuted at SXSW — prove that women are dominating comedy. 

“Spy” will be released June 5.