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Central Intelligence (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 17 June 2016 (USA)
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After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

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Storyline

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,535,250, 19 June 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,440,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,196,811
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Trivia

Towards the end of the movie, Calvin asks agent Harris how will he contact her if he needs to talk to her. Agent Harris replies "just pick up the phone - we're always listening". Amy Ryan also starred in the The Wire as part of a team of police officers who used phone tapping to bring down drug dealers. See more »

Goofs

Bob is hiding behind Calvin's office door. In the preceding shot of Calvin walking into his office, you can see through the crack of the open door and no one is behind it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Trevor - 17 Years Old: Man, I told you Robbie Wheirdicht showers here during first period.
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Crazy Credits

There are several scenes from a blooper reel shown during the closing credits, including one scene of the fire department temporarily shutting down filming for some unknown reason. See more »

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References Twilight (2008) See more »

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Party Up (Up In Here)
Written by DMX (as Earl Simmons) and Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean)
Performed by DMX
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The polarizing duo might not have the best chemistry, but each has their own quirky way to entertain
15 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's quite possible that they cast Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson just to make "Little Hart, Big Johnson" pun. As far as buddy cop goes, this contrasting nature can provide some chuckles, however the espionage them might not hit all the marks. Still, there are significant amount of scenes where laughter is secured by sheer timely body language and jokes alone.

Dwayne Johnson plays as Bob, a CIA agent who tries to reach out to his old friend. This escalates into a chase for secret files and national security. The way Bob is presented relies heavily on juvenile gag and demeanor despite his imposing physique, this is fun at first but it hampers the credibility as an agent. The movie wants to add some bullying subplot which is commendable, although it doesn't have the depth to accommodate it.

Kevin Hart is excellent in creating reactions and gestures. He's surprisingly identifiable with high school nostalgia and occasional self-doubt. Many of the good moments come from his outbursts and babbling. The script has a few nifty pop references and sometimes even witty gags, so the comedy is not just slapstick throughout and undermines the "intelligence" in the title.

There are serious undertones of adult life or self-acceptance even though they are not fully fleshed out. Action is pretty light, it's passable without being too demanding. The most important thing is it's enjoyable. Sure, there are a few awkward moments, yet they make the best out of it to present a light humorous spectacle, a better buddy cop gimmick than expected.


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