My husband & I love loony comedies (like all the Will Ferrell films). This is in the top 10 of our favorite comedies.
I do agree with others here that the "crotch shot" was not necessary & a bit much. Otherwise, the entire movie was Hilarious. And the F*** word is oft-spoken, so if you don't like that, maybe be fore-warned. I am not the biggest fan of the F*** word, as it is usually overused. But it's just done for laughs in this film.
Seeing Jude Law as a Bond character, suave & able to fight off 100s of bad guys (with Melissa McCarthy's character in his ear to warn him) was so much fun. His scenes with Melissa (out to dinner etc.) were very sweet. The twist with him (no spoilers) was a shock & fun. It's great to see such a capable, talented straight actor doing a wild comedy. I hope he'll get more roles in comedies.
Melissa is one of the best comic actors of all time. I'm going way back to Laurel & Hardy, that era. She does amazing physical stuff, seems to be riffing crazy lines half the time. We have watched out-takes where everyone is mind blown by her improv'. She plays an "in the background" CIA agent who does all computer stuff until she volunteers to go "in the field." Since she's an unknown face (and others' covers have been blown), Alison Janney (her boss) sends her in.
Her character is actually well-trained & a great fighter but has just been a "Not Bond" type agent for years. When she goes all out in the field, she's amazing and too funny to describe.
An agent meets her in Rome (Aldo) & he is an absurdly wild, over the top "Italian lover" type. He is just so hilarious.
Rose Byrne is super as the gorgeous, evil enemy of Melissa's character. They work so well together.
We LOVE Bobby Cannavale in Anything and he is especially great as the suave bad-guy who gets done by Melissa.
Alison Janney is the "straight man" as the head of Melissa's CIA group. Anything she does is fantastic.
The crowning jewel is Jason Stratham who usually plays straight tough guy heroes. He is beyond belief as a bumbling, incapable agent who keeps showing up wherever Melissa's character goes. He keeps telling insanely wild tales about his exploits which get more & more unreal as the movie goes on.
The ending is satisfying, hilarious, sweet. Just what we wanted. We have bought the DVD so we can watch it again & again
The entire cast works so well together