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King's Ransom (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 22 April 2005 (USA)
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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Big Man. Big Plan. Big Mistake. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

Gross USA:

$4,006,906, 27 May 2005
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Andre gets a phone call from Peaches while she is driving to meet him. She lets Andre know she misses him and she loves him. Andre dives on the bed in celebration. Andre is wearing socks when he dives on the bed, but when the shot returns to Andre on the bed he is barefoot. See more »

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Corey: [Corey is talking on the phone with Malcolm's ex-wife] I demand a ransom of $10,000 dollars.
Malcolm King: [Malcolm grabs the phone from Corey] What $10,000 dollars? I'm not worth $10,000 dollars! You kidnapped Malcolm King not Bobby Brown!
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Performed by Tony Perez
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By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Painful To Watch
25 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Anthony Anderson is Malcolm King, a rich and cocky businessman who tries to get out of being robbed blind by his ex-wife in a divorce settlement by planning his own kidnapping. But someone else already has gotten the same idea, and now King is caught up in a game of "who has the millionaire?"

King's Ransom takes a harmless premise and turns it into a torturous experience. It is one of the worst attempts at comedy and it may be the first comedy ever that has failed to make the audience laugh at least once. It was like they weren't even trying to entertain the audience. I have to ask, what was the point? There was some potential in the premise and the cast wasn't terrible. However, the script fails the film at every turn and it was probably written by a five year old. It's just too bad this film wasn't meant for kids since they would have gotten more entertainment out of it. I would also be more forgiving if this was a kid's film.

The semi decent cast is wasted in this mess and nobody gives a good performance. Anthony Anderson gives a really bad performance as Malcolm King. He overacts like crazy and just ends up being really annoying. Regina Hall over did the airhead role and it got tired fast. Sadly, she probably gave the best performance out of everyone. Jay Mohr tried way too hard to be funny and it didn't work. Donald Faison and Kellita Smith should be ashamed for agreeing to appear in this piece of crap.

I believe the blame shouldn't only go to the screenwriter but to the director as well. Jeff Byrd does a really poor job at directing and he seems to be trying too hard. He sets up all these situations of different people trying to kidnap Malcolm on the same night. There was like four different attempts and none of them were funny. Also, all the subplots are weak and none of them are good enough to save the movie. I will cut Jeff some slack since this is his first real film. However, this isn't the way you should start off. Also, he has to work with a very weak script and an obnoxious lead. I really wish I was joking here but there is not one funny moment. It's really just 95 minutes of pure boredom and there is no point in wasting your time to watch this movie. In the end, this light comedy may end up being the worst movie of 2005. Rating 1/10


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