"Spy" is a cornucopia of laughs and a plethora of talent with Melissa McCarthy at the center for writer/director Paul Feig.

Fieg and McCarthy have already had success with "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," but this may be the best of the bunch - a whip-smart send-up of the James Bond genre, that is also very, very funny.

McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst stuck in a desk job serving as the eyes and ears for super spy Bradley Fine (Jude Law).

When Fine is murdered by a potential arms dealer named Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrnes) and the rest of the agents in the field are compromised, Cooper convinces her bosses to let her go out in the field and stop Boyanov's plan.

I've never been much of a McCarthy fan, someone who I think has gotten into a rut of playing the same over-the-top manic character. She is toned down considerably here and the results are much better.

This is a film where McCarthy is asked to play off everyone else, instead of everyone else playing off McCarthy and there is plenty of characters to bounce off McCarthy's Cooper.

You get Byrnes as this highly insecure villian and Law channeling his inner James Bond. There are a couple of nice unknown standouts - with Miranda Hart playing Cooper's best friend, a bumbling Brit who is also stuck in a CIA desk job, and Peter Serafinowicz as a highly-hands on (in an inappropriate way) European agent named Aldo.

But the biggest surprise is Jason Statham, as a CIA agent who goes rogue and is always getting in Cooper's way. It's a performance that shows Statham has a comic side, a brilliant parody of all the tough guys characters that he is known for.

It's smart touches like those that makes "Spy," full of laughs - and full of surprises.

"Spy" is rated R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity and is now playing at the Regal Greenwood Mall Stadium 10 and Highland Cinemas in Glasgow.



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