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|Regie:||Rawson Marshall Thurber|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
You may not see it today, but once Bob (Dwayne Johnson) was a real, overweight nerd at his school, on which everyone trampled. At a class reunion, the muscle-bound CIA agent now wants to show that this time is long gone and that he can no longer be exposed in front of the school. But before that happens, he first contacts the only class chamberlain on Facebook who didn't bully him: the former "King of Campus" Calvin (Kevin Hart). He is now a desk stallion and dreams only of the popularity of yore. Now, however, accountant Calvin is to use his knowledge to help Bob stop a dangerous deal. And before he knows it, Calvin is in the middle of a turbulent espionage adventure in which he not only has to deal with trigger-happy gangsters but also even more dangerous CIA agents who think Bob is a traitor…<x>N</With "Central Intelligence" director Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Full on the Nuts") provides his two leading actors Dwayne Johnson and Kevin hart with the perfect vehicle to fully exploit all the strengths of their current popularity. While Kevin Hart, as in most of his movies, plays only Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson is allowed to deliver an amusing mixture of powerful muscle games and unrestrainedly exaggerated silliness. The fact that he obviously had a lot of fun taking his own image to task actually comforts some of the movie's weaknesses.
Because to be honest: A really good movie isn't "Central Intelligence". The story is relatively flat and predictable (especially as far as the identity of the real traitor is concerned), there are some very obvious connection mistakes like magically appearing motorcycle helmets and the humor is silly, obscene and often served with a sledgehammer. Even the small guest appearance of a currently very popular actress is no real surprise - and above all no particularly original idea, as she can be seen far too often in the cinema at the moment. All this should lead to the fact that this turbulent Buddy comedy is a cineastic total failure.
Nevertheless the film can't be denied a decent entertainment value as well as some really funny jokes. And even though it's all so obviously constructed, the good chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart is extremely contagious and makes even some humorous pipe-benders laugh heartily. Therefore, if you expect a clever comedy with depth, this movie is more of a crime for you. But if you like the two main actors and can laugh about silly Brachial-Action-Comedy, "Central Intelligence" can be recommended to you. Worth seeing
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