A regular part of the modern Melissa McCarthy movie is the scene, or more likely long string of scenes, where somebody is rude to her in a dismissive, often misogynist fashion. It's almost the point of the films, really, to take all of that abuse and then to undermine it. This clip from Spy shows the same thing happening again. Rose Byrne's character stereotypes and shrugs off the very capable spy, Susan Cooper, as played by McCarthy. Maybe there are laughs to be had at McCarthy's expense here, if you're so inclined, but there's also a definite sense that she's in the right, and she has her own private, wry joke or two too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrGuqzd1ZUk Spy opens across the UK on June 28th though one of the big cinema chains, and you'll know if your local is one of them, will be holding early screenings on May 28th. I'm hoping it's at least as good as McCarthy and director Paul Feig's last film, the intermittently funny, patchy, but sometimes surprising cop comedy The Heat.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.