Central Intelligence

July 23rd, 2016


Central Intelligence

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.0/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet

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

Writers: Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, Timothy John Smith, Sione Kelepi, Dylan Boyack, Thomas Kretschmann, Megan Park, Slaine, Annie Kerins, Nate Richman, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Taglines: Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Burlington, Massachusetts, USA

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User Review



A comedy crime film has a dual burden: being funny and suspenseful at the same time. Central Intelligence tries to be both and succeeds some of the time, mostly on the comedic side. Surprisingly, its thematic elements about bullying and humans reaching potential elevate the film above quips and slapstick.

Bob (Dwayne Johnson) and Calvin (Kevin Hart), former high school chums, get involved 20 years later in a haphazard investigation of a secret government activity that involves foreign spies and questionable US agents. The challenge of determining who is good and who is bad is middlin' but entertaining.

Their friendship goes back to when Calvin, the "Golden Jet," was the most likely to succeed senior and Bob the obese object of bullying; their hookup now before the reunion provides a chance for the director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, and his writers to run a theme about "what have you done with your life?" Calvin feels as an accountant he has not reached the heights his early accomplishments promised, despite the fact that he married the best female in the class, who became a successful attorney.

Bob, on the other hand, has grown from a fat boy into, well, the "The Rock," with marvelous muscles, a world-class smile, exuberance, and a job with the CIA. That he still idolizes Calvin is a questionable obsession until we figure out a couple of the reasons. Overall Bob seems to have a more balanced life.

The comedic parts are sometimes of a higher order, for instance, when Calvin explains he doesn't do therapy because he's Black, goes to the barbershop, and watches Barbershop movies. The largely African-American audience at my screening enjoyed the stereotyping.

Central Intelligence has numerous stock jokes and situations for the buddy comedy, especially the mixed races and the little man paired with a veritable giant (think Wilder and Pryor, Gibson and Glover, and Murphy and Nolte for the races)... One thing is for sure, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are an intelligent comedy team, which should be central to our summer enjoyment for years to come.


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