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Central Intelligence

A high school sports hero (Kevin Hart) grows up to become a frustrated accountant, then back into his life comes the obese loser he befriended in school, now a crazy, buffed-out CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson). This has a pretty good laugh quotient as far as big-budget action comedies go, but who came up with the idea of making the pint-size Hart, one of the sharpest comic actors working, play straight man to the giant, ham-fisted Johnson? (Big men are seldom funny onscreen—there's a reason Chaplin, Keaton, the Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Woody Allen, and Hart all stand or stood about five-foot-five.) Amy Ryan lends able support as another CIA agent tracking the Johnson character, who's gone rogue, and Jason Bateman has two abrasively funny scenes as the former school bully, now a self-righteous Scientologist. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) directed; with Danielle Nicolet and Aaron Paul.



  • Rawson Thurber


  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Kevin Hart
  • Amy Ryan
  • Danielle Nicolet
  • Jason Bateman
  • Aaron Paul
  • Ryan Hansen
  • Tim Griffin
  • Timothy Smith
  • Sione Kelepi
  • Dylan Boyack
  • Thomas Kretschmann
  • Megan Park
  • Slaine


  • Scott Stuber
  • Peter Principato
  • Paul Young
  • Michael Fottrell
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Richard Brener
  • Samuel Brown
  • Michael Disco
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Ed Helms

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