- Romantic Comedy
Fix: Spy Games, Gender Reversal, Chris Evans, Superb Cameos
Platform: Apple TV+
Apple TV+ Summary:
Cole falls head over heels for enigmatic Sadie, but then makes the shocking discovery that she’s a secret agent. Before they can decide on a second date, Cole and Sadie are swept away on an international adventure to save the world.
Cole Turner has never had much luck with women—partly because he always gets a little too intense almost immediately. When he meets Sadie Rhodes, and they share a rare magical night after which he tries to keep his cool … but when he realizes he left his Bluetooth-tagged asthma inhaler in her purse, he decides to make a grand romantic gesture and follow her to London. There, a case of mistaken identity leads him to discover that Sadie’s a spy. And an unexpected extended vacation across borders with many life-threatening situations.
Chris Evans as Cole Turner and Ana de Armas as Sadie Rhodes
When I first saw the preview for this movie, I immediately worried that it would be hard for Evans to turn off his years of film combat training and natural athleticism to play the non-well-trained-spy of the duo. (See: Steve Rogers.) He did a good job, dialogue-wise, but there were definitely parts of the movie during which it was clear that Cole had more training than expected. (The movie brushed it off with “he wrestled in high school” which was both a little lazy and a totally hilarious excuse.) It was also a little hard to believe that he’d had trouble with the ladies, but that’s me being superficial.
De Armas has been in other movies in which she plays a spy, and I love her as an action hero. Her training shone in all the right ways.
Adrien Brody as Leveque
Leveque is the main villain of the film, and Brody chews up his scenery in a delightfully mustache-twirling manner.
There are a bunch of other familiar faces in this movie, but I can’t say who—do yourself a favor and don’t look up the cast on IMDB—without spoiling some of the film’s best parts.
Couch-Sharing Capability: First Date
While Ghosted is obviously a fictional account of a relationship, it’s also a cautionary tale of what not to do after a first date, regardless of how magical it was. If you’re on a first date and you watch this, you could keep an eye on your date to see how they react. If they think Cole’s “grand romantic gesture” is actually a good idea—run. If they agree that it’s fun for a movie but absolutely a terrible idea in actuality, give them a second date.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: High
It takes a lot of alcohol to believe Chris Evans a bumbling, well-meaning but painfully overbearing, never-got-into-a-fight-in-his-life historian-turned-farmer.
Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Added to List
Although it’s a fun time
at the theater on your couch, I wouldn’t run to watch this movie. But if you’re a fan of action comedies, you should definitely watch it eventually, if only for the cameos. (Seriously, they’re so great.)