The notion of ‘taking it down a notch’ runs throughout Spy. A brutish secret agent boasts of his manly death-defying feats; a snooty heiress unleashes strings of offensive insults; a folksy woman adopts a confrontational, aggressive persona.
They’re all pretty much told by someone else to tone it down, and that’s part of the joke, as writer and director Paul Feig’s action comedy Spy opts for excess when it comes to humor. So much is thrown at the screen, so much is tried, and inevitably some hit, while others fall flat….
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