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The Spy Who Dumped Me
Published Date: 17/07/2018
Two best friends become unwittingly entangled in an international conspiracy.
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
Director of The Spy Who Dumped Me Susanne Fogel recently spoke about the idea behind her forthcoming film. "I hadn't done the early 20s, backpacking through Europe thing, so this was kind of my chance to get that out of my system."
The Spy Who Dumped Me footage from Lionsgate so far has pitched it as an offbeat buddy film with two great comedy actresses. The chemistry between Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon is evident: they look like they are having a ball and that would appear to have been the case with both actresses claiming it to be "the best Fun they had ever had."
Fogel also spoke of her delight at the on-screen relationship between Kunis and McKinnon.
"The first day of the costume fitting, we were trying to figure out what Kate’s character was going to wear,” she said. According to Fogel, Kunis is the “queen of linen one pieces,” and can frequently be found wearing comfy jumpers. “So we were trying to figure out what Kate was going to wear, and Kate was really fretting over it. We went into Mila’s trailer, and Kate was like ‘Oh I really like your jumper’, and Mila just took it off and gave it to her! They just traded clothes the very first day. It was such an authentic moment, and I [thought] ‘oh you both are girls who have girlfriends and this chemistry will work well in the movie.’ That was a really good memory, just Mila giving Kate the clothes off her back. And we had a lot of moments throughout the summer…they’re two really nice, well-rounded women.”
For Fogel, the key to a successful film is friendships. "Friendships have been such an important part of my life both emotionally and logistically. I really wasn't seeing that relationship represented enough [on screen]. I would feel disconnected from most movies about women to the extent that there was a best friend character [who] felt like they were there for comic relief, but I didn't feel the emotional connection. Or it was about a rivalry between women, which I also didn't connect with."
It's certainly great to see a female buddy film hit our screens, and most certainly one with plenty of laughs. We are looking forward to it!
The Spy Who Dumped Me opens at Showcase on August 22