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King's Ransom (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 22 April 2005 (USA)
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Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.

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Malcolm King is a wealthy and arrogant businessman whose ex-wife to be has plans to take him for everything he's worth in their divorce settlement. Determined to avoid losing his fortune to her, Malcolm plans his own kidnapping with the help of his dim-witted mistress and her ex-con brother. Unfortunately for Malcolm, he is not the only one with a kidnapping plot. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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You Want to Kidnap the King? Take a Number! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Untitled Anthony Anderson Project  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,137,685, 24 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,006,906, 27 May 2005
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Jay Mohr had actual mustard splattered all over his face See more »

Goofs

During the car chase down Dearbon Street in Chicago, Illinois, Jay Mohr turns an intersection while being followed. A National Bank sign is visible after passing the cop. Banque Nationale is only in Canada; as the film was made in Montreal, Quebec. See more »

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Malcolm King: Don't drop the soap.
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Referenced in Crossover (2006) See more »

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I Don't Care
Written by Osinachi Nwaneri and Collins Nwaneri
Performed by Lil Cal
Courtesy of Zync Music
By Arrangement with Windswept Holdings, LLC
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Needs work
23 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had heard some pretty horrible things about this movie but i love Anthony Anderson so i decided to give it a shot. Kings Rasom is a comedy about a rich man named Malcom King (Anthony Anderson) who decides to get a divorce to avoid giving his wife a divorce settlement. I never knew how being kidnapped would help achieve this but were just led to believe that somehow this will work. He enlists his girlfriends (Regina Hall) aid to help him who has the IQ of a raising and calls her creepy convict of a brother to help her (played by the brilliant Charlie Murphy).

Unfortunately 2 more sets of people get the same idea of kidnapping him, at the same time what are the odds on that? You have the disgruntled employee who was passed up for a vice president position and you have a lovable looser who is stepped on by Malcolm king.

Kings Ransom does have some funny moments and interesting turns. But allot of things fall flat. Were supposed to believe that a man who built a company would make his bimbo girlfriend vice president? So many coincidences? The feds don't get involved when a millionaire gets kidnapped? My experience with the film was bipolar. At the begging i was hating it, then i started liking it, hated it, loved it, and in the end disappointed. Its as if the script self destructed being pulled in so many directions at once it just gave out. The ending was tagged on, character disappeared, had no purpose or just got lost in the shuffle.

Quite frankly if this was rewritten I think it actually could have been up there with kidnapping classics like "Ruthless People" but instead its just one more movie for the bargain bin.


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