Take a peek at ‘Spy’

Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in 'Spy'
Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in ‘Spy’

Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Nargis Fakhri and Peter Serafinowicz
Writer:  Paul Feig
Director:  Paul Feig

My name is Bond.  Jane Bond.  Or perhaps it should be changed to Maxine Smart.  Those are just two of the film franchises that many of the gags found in Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, can be traced to.  Spoofs are lots of fun when they are done well and this is no exception.

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‘The Heat’ is funny as hell

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are comedy gold in 'The Heat'
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are comedy gold in ‘The Heat’

[rating=3]Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rappaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam, Michael McDonald and Thomas F. Wilson
Writer(s):  Katie Dippold
Director(s):  Paul Feig

Take an entirely too up-tight and straitlaced FBI agent, add in a Boston PD detective who is so far over the top as to be somewhere in the stratosphere and you have The Heat.  Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has another winner in this female buddy-cop film starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

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‘Identity Thief’ will steal your money

Melissa McCarthy needs better material than 'Identity Thief'
Melissa McCarthy needs better material than ‘Identity Thief’

[rating=1]Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Genesis Rodriguez, Tip Harris, John Cho, Robert Patrick
Director: Seth Gordon
Writer: Craig Mazin

In the first sequence of Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy’s guileless character, Sandy/Julia/[insert other alias here] treats a barful of Winter Park, FL, strangers to unlimited drinks on the card ages just grafted from unsuspecting Denver yes man Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman). The other customers love this generous broad who has seemingly come out of nowhere to shower them with live and free spirits. And then at one point, she dives over the crowd to grab a chandelier. She misses the brass ring, and they dive out of her way, letting her land on the floor, alone, with a thud. Thief does pretty much the same thing to its star.

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