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Lewd, crude & brilliant; Melissa McCarthy is hilarious as the CIA office dogsbody who becomes an ace crimefighterSpy 120mins ***** 15.

Byline: David Edwards' film reviews and ratings

MELISSA McCarthy - the actress who put the fizz into Bridesmaids - returns in a hilarious spy spoof packed with terrific one-liners. And, best of all, there's a turn from Jason Statham in which he sends up his tough-guy image.

I confidently predict this will be the funniest film of 2015.

McCarthy is the lowly and under-appreciated desk-jockey Susan Cooper, who works from a rodent-infested basement at the CIA's headquarters. When not shuffling paper, she's providing technical support via satellite to Jude Law's dashing superspy.

When her buddy is killed by a fugitive arms dealer (Rose Byrne), Susan convinces her bosses she's the right person to go undercover and bring the villain to justice.

As she flits between Rome, Paris and Budapest, she finds herself dangling from helicopters, beating the bad guys and falling off motorbikes as the timid office drone finds her inner steel.

Statham, meanwhile, appears as a fellow agent who takes great pleasure in belittling Susan by talking up his ability to cope with pain, a trait that he claims once saw him sew an arm back on using the other.

Also appearing are Miranda Hart as Susan's dithering colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a terrorist trying to get his hands on a nuke and Peter Serafinowicz as Susan's lecherous paramour. Watch out, also, for a cameo from rapper 50 Cent.

While Spy isn't quite up there with Bridesmaids, it's close, with McCarthy playing on the unlikelihood of an overweight 40-something being dropped into the world of international crimefighting.

A highlights comes when she's kitted out with high-tech gadgets by the agency's Q type, mischievously disguised as haemorrhoid wipes, a spray for a fungal infection and - yes, really - stool softeners. It's these small humiliations that make Susan someone we both like and relate to.

Another jaw-dropper is when Susan throws a bad guy off a building and vomits over his impaled body.

Subtlety isn't in this film's DNA and its 15 certificate is well earned.

Written and directed by Paul Feig, Spy is two hours of lewd and crude bawdiness with McCarthy again proving she's one of the funniest actresses working today.

10 second review

BEST QUOTE: "I look like someone's homophobic aunt." Susan on her undercover disguise.

BEST BIT: Susan is kitted out with gadgets disguised as haemorrhoid patches.

WORST BIT: Nothing from where I'm standing.

IF YOU LIKED The Heat, Bridesmaids, Knight And Day YOU'LL LIKE THIS.


TOP LAUGHS Allison Janney is on fine form

FOOD FIGHT Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 5, 2015
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