Melissa McCarthy's time has come.
In Spy, the 20th Century Fox comedy from Paul Feig, CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) assists field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) in completing his mission. "To another successful mission," Bradley says, raising a champagne flute in his colleague's honor. "I couldn't do what I do without you in my earpiece."
But after Bradley goes missing, can Susan complete a mission without his help? "When I joined the CIA, I thought I was gonna be this amazing spy. I'm just the same boring person I was before," she complains. "I just hear my mom's voice. 'Give up on your dream, Susan.' She used to write that in my lunchbox."
Susan rises to the occasion when her boss Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney) announces Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) plans to sell a nuclear weapon to a terrorist organization. There's just one tiny problem: "She knows the identity of all our agents. We need somebody to find the bomb without being detected."
Agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is out of the running, so Susan, who has never worked in the field, volunteers her services. "OK, thanks lunch lady," he tells her. "Yeah, bring one of your cats as a sidekick."
"I don't have a cat," she tells him.
Before she can thwart Rayna's plan, Susan is equipped with state of the art weapons and given a major makeunder. "Cat lady," she says, looking at her fake ID. "Just missing the shirt that says I've never felt the touch of a man." Elaine reminds her, "You are not to make direct contact with any of the targets."
That's easier said than done, of course.
While in Italy, Susan involves herself with Rayna, who eventually realizes that she works for the CIA.
"My father used to bring here," she says.
Susan, while tied to a chair, fires back, "Did he also make you dress like a slutty dolphin trainer?"
Yeah. It's that kind of spy movie.
Rick goes rogue and threatens to blow Susan's cover so he can take down Rayna himself. "I'm a real spy. I once drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while I was on fire. Not the car—I was on fire!" he says.
During last month's SXSX Film Festival, McCarthy said she sustained an injury on set. "I slipped on wet marble and I went down," McCarthy told E! News. "I threw my back out so badly, we spent the whole week trying to get me walking again. It was intense and it was kind of at the beginning of the movie. It was a little dicey."
In the moment, Feig thought, "Oh, f--k."
Thankfully, the injury wasn't too severe.
"She's such a strong person," Feig said, adding that McCarthy did about "90 percent" of her own stunts. "She's an athletic person and the things I was asking her to do, I knew she could pull off. The minute she put her leg up in the door in Bridesmaids, it was like, 'OK, I'm not worried about Melissa anymore.'"