Central Intelligence

PG-13

Based on the trailers for this film, I dreaded the idea of sitting through two hours of a really stupid comedy. Fortunately for me, “Central Intelligence” turned out to be a very funny entertaining film that is worth the time and money to see. It has some twists and surprises that are fun that will keep the audience guessing.

“Central Intelligence” is the story of a one-time bullied sissy, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson), who turns into a lethal CIA agent. Stone’s former school mate, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was a “big man on campus”; he was a star athlete and elected most likely to succeed. Twenty years later, Joyner is disappointed with his dreary life as an accountant.  After they reconnect online, Stone and Joyner are thrown into a world of shootouts, double crosses and espionage while trying to solve a top secret case.

Besides Johnson and Hart, they are supported by Danielle Nicolet as Joyner’s high school sweetheart and wife and Amy Ryan as CIA Agent Pamela Harris. Johnson was a real surprise. The last two films I saw him in were “San Andreas” and “Fast and Furious 7” which were action films. I thought he did an excellent job and was very funny. In fact, I thought he was funnier than Kevin Hart who is a comedian. Actually, I thought Hart was a little over-the-top at times but over all did a good job.

The screenplay for “Central Intelligence” was penned by Ike Barinholtz & David Stassen and Rawson Marshall Thurber based on a story by Barinholtz & Stassen.

The film was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who has also directed “We’re the Millers” and is already to direct “We’re the Millers 2.”

Do not expect this film to be the typical guy flick, action adventure movie with some laughs. It is not; it is a comedy with some action and will be a good “date night” film because it is a film everyone can laugh in.

Except for a nude shower scene in the very beginning, this film is lacking in the raw language and sex that you find in most comedies. I don’t think anyone will find the film offensive and it is rated PG-13 not R.

“Central Intelligence” will open Friday at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.