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.
There's nothing more dangerous than a stoned cold killer
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content
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21 August 2015 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $5,454,284,
23 August 2015, Wide Release
Gross USA: $14,434,604, 4 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
At the very end of the movie Mike is talking to a Chinese man. Mike laughs and replies. The subtitles say "Sorry, I never knew I could speak Chinese". What he is speaking isn't Chinese. It's clearly an attempt to speak Chinese but a failed one. He must have read the words written down in pinyin format and pronounced them using the English alphabet. Pinyin doesn't follow the Chinese alphabet. For example Mike pronounced Zhongwen as Songwen as it would be with the English alphabet. However Zh in Chinese is pronounced like an English alphabet J so the word should be pronounce Jongwen.
Actually Mike was speaking pretty good Chinese, for a foreigner. I'm from Beijing and I teach Mandarin. He pronounced "Zhongwen" as "Zongwen", not "Songwen". Southern Chinese people (those from south of the Yangtze River) do pronounce the consonants "Zh, Ch, Sh" as "Z, C, S". They can't pronounce the two groups distinctively enough. So it's perfectly normal for a foreigner to pronounce them indistinguishably. See more
Where do you want to begin?
[thinking, seeing flashbacks
Dustpan. Spoon. Noodles. Bear. Frying pan. Fire. Apollo Ape. "Marry Me."Where did it all begin?
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 ...
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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