Central Intelligence Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Central Intelligence

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Caught between a Stone and a Hart place.

  • Starring:

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul, Ryan Hansen, Tim Griffin, Timothy John Smith

  • Directed by:

    Rawson Marshall Thurber

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, bullied, humiliated before a crowd of peers, shoved, punched, kicked, elbowed, throat-smacked, head-smashed, threatened, tasered, tackled, slammed against a wall, near-strangled, taken hostage, covered in ink, rammed, hit with objects, splashed with hot coffee, near-stabbed, arm-snapped, roundhouse kicked, slapped, hit by motorcycle, pistol-whipped, taped up, arrested, restrained, thrown through the air, dragged, pursued, thrown onto a windscreen, headbutted. People jump through a window/fall several stories down, freefall in an aircraft. Objects set alight, thrown, smashed, shot, knocked over. Vehicles stolen, exploded, rammed, kicked; reckless driving. Arguing, screaming. Guy that got beaten up, dangerous psychotic, bomb, murder, stealing, cutting his pecker off, rip your throat out, terrorist mentioned. Blood/gore: Trachea removed. Exploding blood/gore spatter; blood smear/spattered blood. Snapped/twisted finger. Bloody grazes, heads, hand. Bandaid, scar. Photos of bloody ear, man holding a skull. Heart transplant, organ transport mentioned.


    Video seen of person thrusting from behind/near-nude person wearing bondage gear around hips. Fully nude man (rear view/obscured front view). Shirtless men, woman in swimwear (photo), cleavage. Flirting, kissing (m-f/m-m), hugging, undressing. References to infertility, homophobia, masturbation, sexting, French kissing, pornography, stripograms, teens making out.


    Alcohol (beer, champagne, shots, spirits). Bar setting. Steroids mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, fart. Slang for genitals/breasts and bodily functions. Frequent racial jokes, height jokes, disability jokes. Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations (oh my god, Jesus Christ, what the hell?, etc).


    International espionage, mismatched partners, national security, CIA operations, forensic accounting, Sixteen Candles, marriage counselling, trust, betrayal, anti-bullying, high school reunions, sleepovers, bromance.


    Job loss, bypassed for promotion, killed partner mentioned. Snake. Plane, helicopter. Outtakes during end credits.


    Fast, funny-ish, low-stakes, inoffensive, engaging, amiable, mindless, escapist, entertaining, fun, shambolic, popcorn. Breezy/volcanic chemistry between leads, endearing/relatable characters, serviceable action sequences, above-average interest in story/character, some excellent cameos.


    Familiar, generic, overlong, dawdling, standard-issue, lazy, over-stuffed, schmaltzy, throwaway. Mediocre material, forced set-pieces/comedy, bungled/sporadic plotting, underdeveloped/unnecessary marriage subplot, some unnecessary/indulgent/indifferent/Adam Sandler-ish scenes, perplexing direction/pacing.

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