R rated

Action Comedy

“Spy” is a raunchy, raucous, hilarious comedy starring Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner, Bradley Fine, played by Jude Law, falls off the grid, she volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer to prevent a global crisis.

The score and credits that opened the film sounded and looked like something you would expect from a James Bond film so the audience was prepared immediately for an action packed spy parody.

I loved Melissa McCarthy in this movie. Except for “St. Vincent” most of her movie characters have been crude, loud-mouthed and basically disgusting. I think McCarthy has finally found her comedic stride in “Spy.” Her character was fun and likeable.

Miranda Hart co-stars as Susan’s best friend and fellow CIA analyst, Nancy, with Alison Janney as the acerbic Agency Director. Rick Ford played by Jason Stratman is a very strange CIA spook that seems to constantly get in the way instead of helping Susan foil bad guys.

This is a very funny, action-packed spy spoof but the language is very harsh. The “f-bomb” is used so frequently that it got in the way of the dialogue. That being said, the action is fun and there are tons of site-gags. I laughed a lot. In fact, sometimes it was hard to hear the dialogue on the screen because people were laughing so loud.

This is the third time Director-Writer Paul Feig has worked with Melissa McCarthy. They were also paired on “Heat” and “Bridesmaids.”

Everyone I talked to at Wehrenberg’s Des Peres 14 Cine in St. Louis Tuesday night thought it was one of the funniest movies they have seen this year. Older women especially were a little put off by the course language but still thought it was a funny movie. This is definitely NOT a movie for the young. It does have an R rating because of some of the site gags and language.

I enjoyed this film and would recommend it to adult who is not put off by constant use of the “f-bomb.”

“Spy” opens today at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.