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Spy 2015 Film

Spy
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Feig
Produced by
Written byPaul Feig
Starring
Music byTheodore Shapiro
CinematographyRobert Yeoman
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) (SXSW)
  • June 5, 2015 (2015-06-05) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$65 million[2]
Box office$235.7 million[3]

Spy is a 2015 American action comedy spy film written and directed by Paul Feig. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, Peter Serafinowicz, Morena Baccarin and Jude Law; the films also marked the Hollywood debut of actress Nargis Fakhri. It follows the life of a secret agent, Susan Cooper (McCarthy), trying to trace a stolen portable nuclear device.

Produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Feig and Jessie Henderson, the film was theatrically released in the United States on June 5, 2015. It received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $235 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for McCarthy.

Plot

Susan Cooper is a 40-year-old, single, desk-bound CIA employee who remotely assists her partner, field agent Bradley Fine, on a mission. Fine accidentally kills arms dealer Tihomir Boyanov before learning the location of a suitcase nuke from him. Susan uncovers evidence that Rayna, Boyanov's daughter, has contacted terrorist middle man Sergio De Luca, so Fine infiltrates her home. Rayna shoots Fine dead, while Susan watches helplessly online, then reveals that she knows the identities of the agency's top agents, including Rick Ford and Karen Walker. Susan, who is unknown, volunteers to track her (she was once a top trainee agent). When her boss, Elaine Crocker, reluctantly agrees, the ultra macho Ford quits in disgust.

With her best friend Nancy providing remote intelligence, Susan goes to Paris. Ford shows up and warns her she will fail because of her inexperience. Susan discovers that De Luca's office has burned down, but finds a photo of a man standing next to the fire. Ford appears, argues with Susan again and leaves. Susan sees the man from the photo switch Ford's backpack with one containing a bomb. Susan warns Ford in time during a Verka Serduchka concert and then pursues the man, accidentally killing him during the ensuing fight. She finds proof, on his body, that De Luca is going to Rome.

In Rome, Susan meets her contact Aldo. She follows De Luca into a casino, where she saves Rayna's life. Rayna invites Susan into her inner circle, taking her by private jet to Budapest. In mid-flight, the steward kills Rayna's crew, but Susan subdues him. Rayna believes Susan to be a CIA agent, but Susan convinces her that she was hired by her father to protect Rayna.

Nancy joins Susan in Budapest. After being shot at, Susan pursues and catches the would-be assassin: Karen, who sold Rayna the names of the agents. She tries to shoot Susan, but an unseen sniper kills Karen. Susan, Nancy and Aldo accompany Rayna to a party to meet Rayna's contact, Lia. Nancy creates a diversion, jumping on guest performer 50 Cent, so that Susan can apprehend Lia, but Ford's inopportune intervention lets Lia runs off. Susan catches her and, during a brutal fight, is saved from death by Fine, who faked his murder and is Rayna's lover and associate.

Rayna imprisons Susan and Aldo, but Fine visits them and reveals that he is gaining Rayna's trust to locate the nuke, and he was the one who killed Karen.

Susan and Aldo escape, and Susan follows Fine and Rayna to De Luca's mansion, where she convinces them that the CIA has mistreated her, and she will do anything to protect Fine, admitting she loves him.

Terrorist Solsa Dudaev arrives, gives Dudaev gives De Luca a suitcase full of diamonds, and Rayna produces the device. De Luca has Dudaev and his men killed, reveals his plan to resell the device to another buyer, then prepares to shoot Rayna. Ford distracts him, allowing Susan to kill his men. De Luca escapes by helicopter with the device and the diamonds, but Susan grabs onto the landing gear. In the ensuing struggle, Susan throws the diamonds and the device into a lake below. De Luca attempts to shoot Susan, but Nancy, following in 50 Cent's helicopter, shoots him before he can. De Luca falls out of the helicopter into the lake, presumably dead.

The nuke is retrieved and Rayna is arrested, but she makes peace with Susan - accepting her as a friend. Ford, realising that he had underestimated Susan, finally compliments her skills. Crocker tells Susan that she will remain a field agent, and that her next assignment will take her to Prague. Fine invites Susan to dinner, but she opts for a night out with Nancy.

The next morning, Susan wakes up in bed next to Ford and screams, while Ford claims she "loved it".

During the credits, details of Susan on various missions, all over the world, are shown.

Cast

Production

Development

On June 18, 2013, it was announced that Paul Feig was developing Susan Cooper, a female spy comedy, for 20th Century Fox. Feig wrote and directed the film.[4]Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping produced the film under the Chernin Entertainment banner, with Feig and Jessie Henderson for Feigco Entertainment.[5] On November 12, 2013, Fox announced a release date of May 22, 2015.[6] On March 28, 2014, the film's title was changed to Spy.[7]

Casting

On July 25, 2013, it was confirmed that Melissa McCarthy was in negotiations to play the title role. Zooey Deschanel was originally slated to play the role of Elaine Crocker but left the project.[8] On October 17, Rose Byrne joined the cast of the film.[9] Throughout 2014, Jason Statham,[10]Jude Law,[11]Nargis Fakhri,[12]Miranda Hart,[13]Bobby Cannavale,[7]Peter Serafinowicz, Björn Gustafsson.[14]Morena Baccarin,[15]Allison Janney,[16]Zach Woods[17] and Jessica Chaffin joined the cast, along with 50 Cent, who would be playing himself,[5] and Nia Long, who did not appear in the finished film.[18]

Filming

Principal photography and production began on March 31, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary.[13][19] On May 27, filming was under way in Budapest and was about to wrap up.[20] Apart from tax breaks, shooting was primarily done in Budapest because its architecture and location could allow it to appear as other places where the story took place, including Paris.[21]

Release

The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 22, 2015, by 20th Century Fox.[6] In March 2015, the date was pushed back to June 5, 2015, which was first assigned to B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations and Paper Towns; the former of which being taken off the schedule and cancelled, while the latter moved to July.[22] Prior to its official release, Paul Feig stated that Spy went through about 10 test screenings, a process - which includes recording the audience laughter for each version - he does "religiously", with Judd Apatow (who produced the Feig-directed Bridesmaids) commenting on its usefulness for a comedy film: "It doesn't work very well if a movie is supposed to make you feel difficult emotions. If you're making a David Lynch movie, it doesn't work at all. But for comedy it's often the best way to refine jokes."[23]

Spy received an early release of May 21, 2015 in Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam,[24] and of May 28, 2015 in Israel and May 29, 2015 in Norway.

Marketing

The first official full-length trailer of the film was released on January 13, 2015.[25]

Box office

Spy grossed $110.8 million in North America and $124.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $235.6 million, against a budget of $65 million.[3]

In North America, the film made $1.5 million from its early Thursday night showings[26] and an estimated $10.3 million on its opening day from 3,711 theaters, coming at second place at the box office behind fellow new release Insidious: Chapter 3.[27] It would go on to top the box office in its opening weekend, earning $29 million.[28] The film dropped 46% in its sophomore weekend to $15.6 million, finishing second behind newcomer Jurassic World.[29]

Outside North America, Spy opened in ten foreign markets on May 22, 2015, earning $12.7 million in its opening weekend from 1,810 screens, and coming in fourth place at the box office (behind Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, and Pitch Perfect 2).[30] In the UK, Ireland and Malta, it opened with $3.9 million.[31] The film had successful openings in South Korea ($4.8 million), Russia and the CIS ($3.1 million), Australia ($2.9 million), Mexico ($1.6 million) and Taiwan ($1.3 million).[30][31]

Reception

Critical response

Critics praised Feig's direction and screenplay also McCarthy and Byrne's performances, as well as Statham's surprise comedic role.[32][33][34][35] On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 95% based on 249 reviews, with an average rating of 7.26/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Simultaneously broad and progressive, Spy offers further proof that Melissa McCarthy and writer-director Paul Feig bring out the best in one another -- and delivers scores of belly laughs along the way."[36] On Metacritic the film has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[37] In CinemaScore polls, cinema audiences gave the film an average score of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[27]

McCarthy's performance was praised by critics. Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun Times called her "as funny and as winning as anyone in the movies these days".[38] Tom Russo of The Boston Globe credited the film's success to McCarthy, writing, "part of what makes the action comedy such a loopy blast is the identity shifts she pulls on the audience."[39] Bill Goodykoontz of Arizona Republic called the film McCarthy's return to form, writing "Finally, after the promise shown in Bridesmaids, but sold short since by weak scripts in films like Tammy and Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy gets a movie vehicle worthy of her talents."[40]

In addition to McCarthy's, many of the supporting cast members' performances were praised, particularly Byrne's and Statham's. John Boone of Entertainment Tonight said Statham "twists his action hero persona into a delightfully delusional version of the same thing", and praised Byrne's performance, writing "For every joke that McCarthy's Susan Cooper ends up as the butt of, Byrne is the one teeing it up with perfectly understated wickedness. She can so easily spit out lines as offensive as, after Cooper delivers a punny cheers, "What a stupid, f**king toast," but make it...charming?"[41]Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called Byrne's comedic timing "bitchy perfection".[42]

Accolades

Award Category Recipients Result
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[43][44] Best Comedy Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Best Actor in a Comedy Jason Statham Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards Award for Comedy Nominated
Empire Awards[45][46] Best Comedy Won
Georgia Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Rose Byrne Nominated
Glamour Awards Comedy Actress Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Rose Byrne Won
Golden Globe Awards[47] Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Comedy "Secret Agent" Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Best Comedy Film Nominated
MTV Movie Awards[48] Best Comedic Performance Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Best Fight Melissa McCarthy vs. Nargis Fakhri Nominated
People's Choice Awards[49][50] Favorite Comedic Movie Nominated
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Melissa McCarthy Won
Phoenix Critics Circle Best Comedy Film Nominated
Saturn Awards[51] Best Action or Adventure Film Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Film - Comedy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards[52] Choice Summer Movie Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Nominated
Choice Movie: Villain Rose Byrne Nominated
Utah Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor - Female Won
Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Comedic Actress Melissa McCarthy Nominated

Possible sequel

In a May 2015 interview with The Guardian, Paul Feig said he was already writing a sequel, that includes Jason Statham's Agent Ford,[53] though the project doesn't have a producer.[54] In 2019, Feig explained that although a sequel to Spy could still happen, "there hasn't been any interest from the studio" in the project.[55]

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