Even Kate tells Mila to “stop yelling!” at one point, and we feel her pain, as one ex-president (who will probably like this movie a lot) used to say. Because from their futile attempt at shifting gears in a stolen Jaguar (joke: they can’t drive a stick) to being shot at, Kunis and McKinnon spend a good portion of their 2-minute trailer for The Spy Who Dumped Me screaming. Screaming very loudly. Then again if you have to hear two people scream, these are two good ones. As a certain Bond film once suggested: “Nobody Does It Better.” Trailers are meant to rouse, of course, and this one gets the blood pumping (especially in the ears). It does a fun job, too, of communicating this zany 007 send-up’s absurdity.
But even though The Spy Who Dumped Me is supposed to be silly, these are two very talented comic actresses. And in this era of #TimesUp it’s not too much to hope they do less screaming and more great comic delivery in the rest of the movie. (They have some good lines toward the end.) Maybe McKinnon is still just a little bit in character as Hillary Clinton, who probably has herself a good scream daily, if not hourly, these days. For her part Kunis has done a great job during her career of selling authentic cool, not least in her Jim Beam promotion, so a few calm cool collected moments from this dynamic duo is what fans expect. Or at least not too much old school stereotypical “this is overwhelming, we’re girls, let’s scream” behavior. For an actress like Kunis, who in real life likes to troll VP Mike Pence on behalf of Planned Parenthood, everybody’s hoping The Spy Who Dumped Me has some guts beyond the screaming.