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The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
It seems female led movies are kicking butt this summer with the success of "Pitch Perfect 2" and last week's release of "Spy," the Melissa McCarthy led comedy, which easily landed at the number one spot at the box office, while the male led testosterone fest, "Entourage" limped into fourth place.
Directed by Paul Feig, who seems to be cornering the market on female led comedies with "Bridesmaids", "The Heat" and the upcoming fem reboot of "Ghostbusters," "Spy" s a clever spin on the classic high stakes spy genre with McCarthy playing Susan Cooper, the unassuming desk bound CIA analyst suddenly called into the field and proving she can outsmart and out maneuver her male colleagues (including two hapless agents played by Jude Law and in a hilarious turn, Jason Statham).
Playing her snobbish nemesis, Rayna Boyanov is Australian actress Rose Byrne, who has had a remarkable career change in the last few years from brooding serious roles (think "Damages" with Glenn Close), to displaying an uncanny knack for comedy (she co-starred with McCarthy in "Bridesmaids," and sparred with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in "Neighbors").
Australian Film journalist Katherine Tulich sat down with Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne for this video interview
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