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‘Spy’ to Open Seattle Film Fest

'Spy' to Open Seattle Film Fest

Now in its 41st year, the Seattle International Film Festival will open on May 14 with “Spy,” with Paul Feig expected to attend. The festival, a nice and roomy one, then runs through June 7.

The film played uproariously at SXSW for its world premiere earlier this year. With its broad humor and long and muddled action scenes, this is one of Feig’s more ambivalently directed efforts. But as always, he’s a daffy and deft writer of female dialogue, giving McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Byrne (as a prim, terrorist affiliate of the CIA’s arch nemesis) many uproarious moments to chew on. Jason Statham brings comic machismo as a childishly sulky agent gone rogue. The audience ate it all up, with laughs drowning much of the dialogue.

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