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The in­domitable Melissa McCarthy launches a fran­chise with this fast-paced, hi­lar­i­ous send-up of the Bond tem­plate. She plays Su­san Cooper, a CIA desk jockey work­ing the com­put­ers at Langley and pip­ing in­struc­tions into the ear of dash­ing agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When things go awry, Su­san is sent into the field to pre­vent a nu­clear de­vice from fall­ing into the hands of ter­ror­ists. Writer-di­rec­tor Paul Feig keeps things lively, and hits the fem­i­nist and over­weight notes with wit and com­pas­sion. The act­ing is crisp, the ac­tion is ex­plo­sive, and the di­a­logue is funny, though it un­der­cuts it­self by lean­ing harder on the scat­o­log­i­cal than nec­es­sary. Rated R. 120 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

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