Highly Overrated But Still Good
I didn’t really have many expectations going into the movie (good or bad), but I actually really enjoyed it. I really liked the characters and the banter between them.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
There wasn't much to this one and I am usually not a fan of Kevin Hart's screaming routine all the time. But in this movie it worked as he played a scared working stiff thrown into some crazy scenario.The jokes are mild but still kind of funny, like a "hmm that is humerous" vs. "stop I can't stop laughing Imma pee my pants".I am starting to become a fan of The Rock though. Last movie I saw him in was Baywatch and it was surprisingly funny. Also a mediocre comedy. If you go with this movie you could be making the biggest mistake of your life. Or the biggest good decision of your life. You ever play russion roulette? Time to spin the chamber Boris.
The advertising banner for this film - "A little Hart and a big Johnson" - is both clever and funny, and suits this action comedy.1996 saw Calvin Joyner as the big star of his year at High School, and voted Most Likely To Succeed. It also saw fat nerd loner Robbie Wierdicht humiliated when bullies throw him, naked, into the final assembly: the student populace laughs at him, but Calvin compassionately lends him a jacket. 20 years later, Calvin has married his high school sweetheart and Homecoming Queen, but finds himself in a boring job as an accountant. When a Bob Stone contacts him for a get together on the eve of the school reunion, Calvin is surprised to discover that the fat nerd has changed his name and become superfit. He is even more surprised to discover that Stone appears to be a rogue CIA agent, especially when he becomes involved, very much against his will, in a caper which is fraught with danger.The chemistry between Kevin Hart as Calvin and Dwayne Johnson as Bob is very effective, as is borne out by the very funny outtakes which accompany the closing credits. Importantly, notwithstanding a couple of inconsistencies in Bob's motivations and behaviour, both characters are fairly believable: Calvin never goes over the top in writing or delivery, and Hart is commendably restrained.The story, though familiar, is quite strong, and provides excitement of its own as well as a good vehicle for the action, humour and character moments. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this - there is a role-play scene in particular which had the audience in my cinema all laughing, not to mention the taser moments - and the film is just plain likeable.There are two cameos which work well, the supporting cast are all fine, and the two principals have fun and perform well.In a film which is fairly clear of toilet humour, sex, and innuendo, there is a single "f*ck" included, as seems to be the fashion, because F*ck. I find this really annoying, because it adds nothing.That aside, this is an enjoyable buddy movie with some good laughs.
Bad actors ,even worse acting with a very bad story.
First of all: I gave it a 10 out of 10, but this is only because 1. it promotes anti-bulling 2. I like Dwayne Johnson 3. I haven't enjoyed a good comedy movie for a long time (and this was only because I hadn't had the free time)Honestly, this movie hardly deserves a 7. The plot has a lot of holes, Kevin Hart is overreacting about pretty much everything and Dwayne Johnson was not as convincing as I expected to.But it is only a comedy. Is there any comedy without plot holes? The main characters, Hart and Johnson have an unparalleled chemistry. And even with all that "not so great" acting, it is a funny movie.My best scene: CIA agents have Calvin (Hart) and Bob (Johnson) surrounded on every side. Calvin is inside a trolley which Bod holds. Calvin is terrified with his hands up. The CIA agents call them to put their hands in the air. Bob raises his hands and BOOM, out of nowhere his gun hits Calvin in the forehead. It's not a masterpiece, but a funny film!