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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Howell
... Phoebe Larson
... Adrian Yates
... Victoria Lasseter
... Laugher
... Rose
... Krueger
... Petey Douglas
Stuart Greer ... Sheriff Watts
... Otis
... Crane
... Beedle
Paul Andrew O'Connor ... Diesel
... Potter
... Newton


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The ultimate secret agent becomes the ultimate target See more »


Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operación Ultra  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,454,284, 23 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,434,604, 4 October 2015
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Topher Grace and Walton Goggins also appeared in Predators (2010). See more »


In West Virginia ATVs are very common. One blocked bridge wouldn't have stopped someone leaving through the woods or crossing a river on an ATV. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, there is an "Apollo Ape" cartoon depicting the continuity of the film's final scene. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Sinister 2/American Ultra (2015) See more »


Dance Hall Days
Written by Darren Costin (uncredited), Nick Feldman (uncredited) and Jack Hues (uncredited)
Performed by Wang Chung
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User Reviews

Awesome Movie - Saw Preview Last Night
19 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Saw this last night as a free preview and we were blown away (as was the rest of the audience - people applauded at the end). Great cast, great story, and awesome action. Never saw a trailer of this flick or heard of it, but will definitely tell family and friends to go see it. Was funny, dramatic, and what unfolded was a constant surprise. You never knew what was going to happen next (which is rare for me at the movies - I always guess what is coming next). LOVED John Legiuzamo - he was hilarious as Jessie Eisenberg's friend. Always love Topher Grace (blew me away in Predators and Spiderman 3 and think he should be used a lot more in movies - very underrated). Final review: Go see it - think you'll enjoy it.

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