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  Rated PG-13 · 114 minutes · 2016

Action, Comedy
The “buddy action comedy” seems like such a simple, obvious formula that it’s always shocking to realize how few examples get it right, the way this one does. Kevin Hart plays Calvin Joyner, an accountant who peaked in high school, but finds his bland middle-age life shaken up by the appearance of former classmate Bob (Dwayne Johnson), once a picked-on fat kid but now seemingly a super-spy with plenty of secrets. The McGuffin of a plot matters little; the A+ chemistry between Hart and Johnson is everything. Johnson in particular does hilarious work, based on how hard it is for Bob to shake the eager-to-please nerd in his soul even once he’s a badass killing machine. Hart’s character feels a bit more like a missed opportunity, but it’s impressive watching him show the comedic range to play straight man to Johnson when the situation calls for it. Throw in action beats with a bit more creativity than you might expect and a few terrific cameos, and the occasional dud joke seems rare indeed, especially when you’re watching the birth of a great comedy team.


Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence

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Official Site: www.centralintelligencemovie.com
Director: Rawson Thurber
Producer: Scott Stuber, Peter Principato, Paul Young, Michael Fottrell, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Samuel Brown, Michael Disco, Steven Mnuchin and Ed Helms
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, Timothy Smith, Sione Kelepi, Dylan Boyack, Thomas Kretschmann, Megan Park and Slaine

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Connect Savannah Review: Central Intelligence The spyjinks play like second-tier Mission: Impossible (though Amy Ryan is perfect as an ice-cold CIA boss), and director Rawson Marshall Thurber is no better than adequate in his staging of the action sequences. But as a comedy — and as a two-seater vehicle for a pair of highly charismatic actors — Central Intelligence is hard to resist. by Matt Brunson 06/14/2016
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