The Wrong Missy
The Wrong Missy is an American comedy film directed by Tyler Spindel and written by Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett, produced by Happy Madison Productions, starring David Spade, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Swardson, and Rob Schneider. The film was released on May 13, 2020 on Netflix.
Disaster strikes when Tim (David Spade) invites his dream girl to his company retreat to Hawaii but his former blind date, a woman with the same first and last name (Lauren Lapkus), shows up instead. Unlike the other Missy, this Missy is extremely strange, and her odd behavior turns out to be disastrous for Tim.
Why It Sucks
- The film has a ridiculous and laughable concept.
- Poor acting, even from good actors like David Spade and Lauren Lapkus.
- Product placement everywhere, although not nearly as much as Jack and Jill.
- Horrendous jokes - including Missy making jokes to Tim's friends about raping him because he doesn't want her to have sex with him (until he finally gives in and lets her).
- The "wrong" Missy is an extremely unlikeable character - she's whiny, extremely rude, and constantly puts herself in dangerous situations just to impress Tim. She eats soap, licks knives, steals people's pills to take them herself, falls off cliffs, gives handjobs to complete strangers, pretends to be psychic, and constantly screams when she doesn't get her way - it's essentially Lauren Lapkus playing her take on Jill from Jack and Jill, only somehow even more unlikable.
- Additionally, Lauren Lapkus' voice that she chooses to do as Missy is downright annoying and ear-piercing.
- Rob Schneider's character, Komate, is an offensive stereotype of Hawaiians and Polynesian culture, which is also unoriginal because it's a re-hash of his already racist character from 50 First Dates, another Happy Madison Productions movie.
- The scene where Tim and Missy engage in a threesome is horribly awkward to watch.
- The story is extremely predictable to the point where it gets boring at times.
- A lot of the scenes are just filler that the movie could have done without but probably only included to reach the 90-minute mark.
- Poor editing where a lot of scenes come out of nowhere.
- Both Tim and the "right" Missy are likable enough characters.
- The score by Rupert Gregson-Williams isn't that bad, and the popular music used is decent too.
- The post-credits scene with ("the wrong") Missy going on a date with Vanilla Ice is funny and almost makes up for the movie's overall poor quality.
- It's shorter than a lot of Happy Madison's movies.
- The premise of sending texts to the wrong person and knowing two completely different people with the same first and the last name is at least decent and original.
- The chemistry between the cast is decent, particularly David Spade and Lauren Lapkus.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 33% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 4.30/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "The chemistry between the leads lifts The Wrong Missy above abject failure, but this lazy comedy will be the wrong option for all but the most Happy Madison-starved viewers". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 33 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".