After reuniting with an old high school friend, an accountant is
pulled into a CIA operation that he is in no way qualified to be part of.
Central Intelligence (2016)
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Written by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan,
Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman
Central Intelligence is a surprisingly hilarious film, built entirely on the flawless chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. It's a quirky action comedy that will most likely end up being really dated due to its reliance on irritating modern slang (awesomesauce, anyone?), but right now it somewhat works. With both Johnson and Hart due to star in the upcoming reboot of Jumanji, I figured I'd view Central Intelligence as a trial run for their chemistry. In that respect, I was not disappointed.
Kevin Hart plays mild-mannered accountant Calvin Joyner, who used to be the most popular kid in high school and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. After accepting a Facebook friend request from a man named Bob Stone, he invites Dwayne Johnson into his life, playing the grown-up fat kid who was bullied throughout high school. Since Calvin was the only one who was nice to him, Bob has considered them friends for the past 20 years, so much so that he lures Calvin into his CIA operation so they can hang and be best buds like he's always dreamed. Seeing The Rock as a weird dude stuck in the past was bizarre, but he pulled it off really well.
This film also features Aaron Paul as Bob's old partner Phil, who says his famous Breaking Bad catchphrase near the end of the film, making me smile. Jason Bateman once again plays a huge douche really well and the scene at the end where he finally gets his is hysterical. I had a feeling this film wouldn't live up to its entertaining trailer, but it ended up being a funny buddy comedy that makes me look forward to more comedic roles being taken on by Dwayne Johnson.