Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Central Intelligence
Release Date: June 17, 2016
1 hour 54 minutes
Rated: PG-13


Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Ike Barinholtz          (screenplay/story)
David Stassen           (screenplay/story)
Rawson Marshall Thurber (screenplay) 

Dwayne Johnson     as Bob Stone/Robbie Weredict
Kevin Hart         as Calvin Joyner
Amy Ryan           as Agent Pamela Harris
Danielle Nicolet   as Maggie
Aaron Paul         as Phil
Ryan Hansen        as Steve
Tim Griffin        as Agent Stan Mitchell
Timothy John Smith as Agent Nick Cooper
Sione Kelepi       as Young Robbie
Dylan Boyack       as Trevor - 17 Years Old
Thomas Kretschmann as The Buyer
Megan Park         as Waitress
Slaine Slaine     as Thugged Out
Annie Kerins       as Lady MC
Nate Richman       as Big Bro

Review by Dante Hicks

Plot Summary
 After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

  For those of you out of school do you all remember that one fat kid that would be picked on because he was different? He or she would be harrassed and bullied because they just were not like everybody else? That's Robbie Weredict/ Bob Stone to a T. If you watch the trailer you see poor Robbie being picked on by the bullies and Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) coming to his rescue. From  there we cut to 20 years later, Calvin the most popular guy in high school is now just an accountant, married to his high school sweethart, and just unhappy with his life. He gets a random friend request on facebook after declining the invitation to his twentith high school reunion. It's Bob Stone, They make plans for dinner and Calvin gets told by Bob that he's Robbie Weredict. From there all types of hell breaks loose involving the C.I.A., and poor Calvin is taken along for the ride. 

  The story itself is pretty straight forward after watching the trailer, it's a buddy comedy where they are trying to clear their names and save the world in the process. I can't stress how much fun it was, I usually go to comedies and don't laugh at every dumb bit or gimmick because I grew up on such great comedians like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steve Martin, etc. And after seeing those great comedians at work most comedy films now feel a bit passe in my opinion. But this film had me busting a gut the whole way through. This was funny, it was hilarious. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson played his role of bullied fat kid turned muscle bound C.I.A. agent superbly well. In a change of his normal comedy roles Kevin Hart played the straight man to Dwayne's crazy Bob character awesomely well. This time around Kevin Hart was more subdued than his roles in previous films and it was a refreshing change of pace. The story is a pretty simple one, but the comedic gold that The Rock and Kevin Hart created is worth paying to see this movie opening night. Aaron Paul's performance was great, sadly I kept hoping to hear "Science Bitch!" due to being a big fan of "Breaking Bad". The Cameos alone are worth the price of admission, I don't want to say who exactly as to not spoil the film but trust me they were awesome. 

  In closing I rate this film 3.5 stars out of 5 because I haven't laughed this hard during a comedy film since the original "Ghostbusters". GO see this film, it's worth your time and the cost of a night at the movie theater. And if it can make an old and jaded curmudgeon like me laugh than you are bound to love it too. 
Stars: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

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