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The Spy who Dumped Me

Family Movie Night

by Karyn Bowman

The other day I started writing my column when I realized I was going to have to scrap it.

My youngest son had to go to the ER. What started out being flu-like turned out to be appendicitis. Surgery took place on Friday morning and the weekend was spent at the hospital.

By the time you read this, he will be at home resting. With any luck he will be well on the way to recovery.

For everyone who sent well wishes and all those who gave up prayers, please accept our thanks and appreciation.

spy who dumped me When I started writing this week’s column, I was talking about The Spy Who Dumped Me. This action/comedy stars Mila Kunis as a woman who was recently dumped by her boyfriend by text message. Her best friend, Kate McKinnon, tries to cheer her up by suggesting they burn all of the ex-boyfriend’s stuff and text him to let him know.

That’s when it gets a little crazy. He texts back to say he will pick it all up. Then Kunis learns from a handsome Brit, Sam Heughan, that her boyfriend is CIA who was making a deal for something that she has in her possession. And when the ex shows up, he asks her to take the item to Europe.

So now McKinnon and Kunis are on their way, hoping not to die in the process. Of course they’re being followed, of course it is going to be dangerous, of course there are going to be guns ablazing.

As much as I wanted to like this movie, I was disappointed. There were a lot of funny moments but there were other moments that dragged or didn’t feel quite realistic.

Because this is supposed to be a comedy, some of the action scenes are over the top in the amount of violence and gun fire. The big torture scene is supposed to be funny because this woman uses gymnastic techniques to beat on these women. But I also love this because it makes fun of the action films that have increased their wire gymnastics actions.

Spy who dumped me kate and mila

Kate and Mila

However, this movie also wants to be taken seriously. The singular body count – one here, one there – gets rather high and they don’t always make sense.

Does Kate McKinnon go over the top? Is Mila Kunis a bit too shrill at times? Could Sam Heughan have been a bit more something? Yes, yes, and yes. The problem is it wants to be both action and comedy. At some point you have to make a choice between action movie with comedic elements or comedic movie with action elements.

On the other hand, if all you want is a fun action movie that is bit of a travelogue with some salty language, then this is the girls night movie you have been waiting for. Can I say that Sam is really hunky?


You Betcha, I can!

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.



Book Cover Image from IMDb.com

It is that favorite time of the month when I talk about a recent Chick Lit book that I have read for the reading challenge sponsored by Chick Lit Plus.

I have enjoyed this challenge as it has forced me out of my comfort zone of reading only Jane Austen. I love Jane, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you have to force yourself to read other authors.

This month I decided to delve into a vampire novel. I walked around my favorite used book store and picked out something that appealed to the eye. Real Vampires Don’t Diet by Gerry Bartlett.

So this time around our vampire protagonist is a girl who wears a size 12. She has curves with real breasts and hips. Gloriana is also 400 years old and currently mentoring a new vampire who happens to be a rock star.

In this series, vampires cannot eat or drink, they will get a huge hangover if they do. And they must sleep when the sun comes up otherwise they pass out where ever they might be and the sun, yep, it can do damage.

In this book, Glory’s boyfriend is gone in order to save his daughter and Glory must handle Ray the rockstar when he decides to go on a Jack Daniel’s Binge. So she has to babysit the man and help him recover. In the meantime they get mixed up with a siren who forces the duo to bring her three males vampires or they are burning in hell forever.

I guess I was expecting a good romp, some vampire action,  and snarky dialogue. I read reviews of this book at Barnes-and-Noble which raved about what a fun read this book and others in the series were, how they were addicting. When I went over to Amazon, I could have sworn I was reading the exact same reviews.

But here is what they did not tell you.

Every other sequence is about sex. Maybe it is one character trying to seduce the other or wishing for the other or imagined sex or actual sex. But there is a lot of sex in this book and it gets a little graphic at times. After a while, it was boring. Ho-hum, she is lusting aster Ray but resisting because she loves Jerry. Ho hum, she is about to have sex with Jerry. Ho-hum, she is meeting other handsome vamps and thinking about having sex with them.

Then there are the actions sequences which are quick but nearly deadly. And yet, Glory wins every time except with the Siren. Watch her take out bad guys, watch her constantly hunt mortals, watch her fight off advances from guys who want to have sex with her.

The reviews raved by the fun banter in this series but what I found was drivel. If it wasn’t a bunch of complaining, it was sex talk or drooling over whoever was the sexiest body in the room. By page 20, I was bored with the characters. By page 70, I began shifting around the book to see how it progressed. I have not finished the book, I am not going to finish the book. But I am putting it on the pile of books that are going to the used-book store.

This was a sorry excuse of paper and Gerry Bartlett owes me an apology. If I am promised witty banter, that is what I want  and not the soft porn or half-assed action that I got instead. Would I recommend this? Only if it was the only thing available while at a summer resort before heading to the beach. You won’t mind ruining this book with water, sand and sunscreen because those three items are more interesting than this book.

Have you been disappointed by a book lately?