After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

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Ike Barinholtz (screenplay), David Stassen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Bob Stone
Kevin Hart ... Calvin Joyner
Amy Ryan ... Agent Pamela Harris
Danielle Nicolet ... Maggie
Jason Bateman ... Trevor
Aaron Paul ... Phil
Ryan Hansen ... Steve
Tim Griffin ... Agent Stan Mitchell
Timothy John Smith Timothy John Smith ... Agent Nick Cooper
Sione Kelepi Sione Kelepi ... Young Robbie
Dylan Boyack ... Trevor - 17 Years Old
Thomas Kretschmann ... The Buyer
Megan Park ... Waitress
George Carroll ... Thugged Out (as Slaine)
Annie Kerins ... Lady MC
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Storyline

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name of the sports bar where Calvin and Bob meet for the first time as adults is Señor O'Houlihans, a reference to the character Patches O'Houlihan, from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) (also written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber). See more »

Goofs

When Bob shows his motorcycle, there aren't any helmets in sight. Not on the bike or on the ground next to it. Yet, moments later, both Bob and Calvin are wearing helmets when they ride the bike. See more »

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Trevor - 17 Years Old: Man, I told you Robbie Wheirdicht showers here during first period.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, Bob yells out "fanny". See more »

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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Jumpman
Written by Drake (as Aubrey Graham), Metro Boomin (as Leland Wayne) and Future (as Nayvadius Wilburn)
Performed by Drake & Future
Courtesy of Cash Money Records/Republic Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Future appears courtesy of Epic Records
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The polarizing duo might not have the best chemistry, but each has their own quirky way to entertain
15 June 2016 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

It's quite possible that they cast Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson just to make "Little Hart, Big Johnson" pun. As far as buddy cop goes, this contrasting nature can provide some chuckles, however the espionage them might not hit all the marks. Still, there are significant amount of scenes where laughter is secured by sheer timely body language and jokes alone.

Dwayne Johnson plays as Bob, a CIA agent who tries to reach out to his old friend. This escalates into a chase for secret files and national security. The way Bob is presented relies heavily on juvenile gag and demeanor despite his imposing physique, this is fun at first but it hampers the credibility as an agent. The movie wants to add some bullying subplot which is commendable, although it doesn't have the depth to accommodate it.

Kevin Hart is excellent in creating reactions and gestures. He's surprisingly identifiable with high school nostalgia and occasional self-doubt. Many of the good moments come from his outbursts and babbling. The script has a few nifty pop references and sometimes even witty gags, so the comedy is not just slapstick throughout and undermines the "intelligence" in the title.

There are serious undertones of adult life or self-acceptance even though they are not fully fleshed out. Action is pretty light, it's passable without being too demanding. The most important thing is it's enjoyable. Sure, there are a few awkward moments, yet they make the best out of it to present a light humorous spectacle, a better buddy cop gimmick than expected.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Intelligence See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,535,250, 19 June 2016

Gross USA:

$127,440,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$216,972,543
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