After world-premiering at SXSW in March and before opening Seattle on May 14, Paul Feig’s comedy “Spy” will play the Louisiana International Film Festival on May 7. Previous big studio grabs at the three-year-old fest include Radius’ Oscar-winning doc “20 Feet from Stardom” and Fox Searchlight’s “Belle.”
“Spy,” which hits theaters June 5, 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 Melissa McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Rose 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.
The May 10th closing film at LIFF will be this year’s big Sundance winner, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”