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American Ultra (2015)

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A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

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Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. Written by Mr.Moiz

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cia | assassin | stoner | slacker | escape | See All (343) »

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There's nothing more dangerous than a stoned cold killer See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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21 August 2015 (USA)  »

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OperaciĆ³n Ultra  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,454,284 (USA) (21 August 2015)

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$14,434,604 (USA) (2 October 2015)
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Jesse Eisenberg has said in an interview that to prepare for the role of a stoner, he went and lived with his cousin, Andrew Eisenberg, who taught him how stoners walk and talk. Jesse Eisenberg has said that without his cousin, he probably couldn't pull the role off. See more »

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The position of the soup container Victoria puts on the counter at the convenience store changes between camera shots. See more »

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CIA Interrogator: Where do you want to begin?
Mike Howell: [thinking, seeing flashbacks] Dustpan. Spoon. Noodles. Bear. Frying pan. Fire. Apollo Ape. "Marry Me."Where did it all begin?
Mike Howell: Okay, it started three days ago, in the town of Liman, West Virginia. It's where I lived with my girlfriend, Phoebe. She is the only good thing that's ever happened to me. I honestly cannot even remember my life before her. We were the perfect fucked-up couple. She was perfect, and I was the fuck-up. And we were really, really ...
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During the closing credits, there is an "Apollo Ape" cartoon depicting the continuity of the film's final scene. See more »

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Referenced in Mr. Right (2015) See more »

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A Fun Dramedy
18 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a film critic or a film connoisseur of any kind; I rate a film based upon how much I enjoyed it and if it would be worth the money to shell out at the theater. With that in mind, I gave this film a 9/10.

The best way to describe this movie is Bourne meets CHUCK (the TV Series). It is a Dramedy at it finest - it isn't straight up drama and it isn't a comedy, but it has a nice mix of both, leaning a bit more toward the comedy side of things.

I couldn't stop smiling throughout the movie; it was well paced, the character development was good (don't expect anything too deep), the comedy was well timed, and the action was exciting. For a lighthearted film, there were a few moments that definitely pulled on the heartstrings.

If you're looking for a fun movie to watch, and especially if you're a fan of CHUCK (think of this as an R rated CHUCK), then I highly recommend this move.


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