Central Intelligence Sunday, 17 November 2019

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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    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.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

    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).

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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