The film is an uneven but enjoyable comedy. After a flabby opening act – weighed down both by an insistence of emphasising how much of a sad loser McCarthy’s character is and an inability to balance improvisational comedy within a rigid narrative structure – the film comes into its own, allowing McCarthy’s comic talents to shine when bouncing off the deadpan talents of both Rose Byrne and Jason Statham (a vastly underrated comedic actor himself). The laughs come as much from the premise – insecure CIA desk-jockey becomes super-spy – as the simple pleasure of watching these three spit absurdly profane insults at one another.
Feig surprisingly does better work with the action elements of the film than the comedy; the fight scenes snap – seriously, this is as much an action movie as a comedy – but he too often seems unaware of when to end a scene, swallowing up the best jokes with awkward timing. Thankfully, it’s hard to go too wrong with capable performers on the screen. Worth a watch.