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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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Jeffrey W. Byrd

Writer:

Wayne Conley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Anderson ... Malcolm King
Jay Mohr ... Corey
Kellita Smith ... Renee King
Nicole Ari Parker ... Angela Drake (as Nicole Parker)
Regina Hall ... Peaches Clarke
Loretta Devine ... Miss Gladys
Donald Faison ... Andre
Leila Arcieri ... Kim Baker
Charlie Murphy ... Herb Clarke
Brooke D'Orsay ... Brooke Mayo
Jackie Burroughs ... Grandma
Lisa Marcos ... Raven
Roger Cross ... Byron
Millie Tresierra Millie Tresierra ... Woman
Rob Smith Rob Smith ... David
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Storyline

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Anthony Anderson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Jay Mohr had actual mustard splattered all over his face See more »

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When the bus driving down the street at the beginning of the movie, the shadow of the cameraman is visible as the bus drives under a street light. See more »

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Miss Gladys: Did you guys follow up with the leads I gave you?
Officer Holland: Yes, we did.
Miss Gladys: And?
Officer Holland: Look, laddy we just about had it with you. Go home and if something comes up we will let you know. This case is all about official police business we don't need you...
Miss Gladys: [interrupts] I don't give a damn about official police business! Malcolm King is my business. I'm going to leave now, not because you told me to because if I don't leave now I'll never get my numbers in. But I'll be back and until you find him I'm gonna stay on ...
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Painful To Watch
25 August 2005 | by christian123See 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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