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|Directed by||Rawson Marshall Thurber|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
|107 minutes (Theatrical)
116 minutes (Unrated)
|Box office||$216 million|
Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film directed byRawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as two old high school friends who team up to save America after one of them joins the CIA in order to save the world from a terrorist who has an intention to sell satellite codes. Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul also star.
The film premiered in Los Angeles on June 10, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on June 17, 2016. Central Intelligence received mixed to positive reviews and grossed $215 million worldwide against its $50 million budget.
In 1996, student and star athlete Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is being honored at his high school’s senior assembly. Halfway through Joyner’s speech, Trevor Olson (Jason Bateman) and a group of bullies throw Robbie Wierdicht (Dwayne Johnson), who is showering, into the hall where the assembly is taking place while he is naked. Everyone except Joyner (who gives his varsity jacket to Wierdicht) and his girlfriend, Maggie Johnson (Danielle Nicolet), laugh, and Wierdicht exits the hall embarrassed.
Twenty years later, Joyner is married to Johnson and works as an accountant but is dissatisfied with his career. Johnson suggests they see a therapist to salvage their deteriorating marriage. At work, Joyner receives a friend request on Facebook from a man named Bob Stone, who reveals that he is Wierdicht and requests that they meet. Joyner is shocked to see that Wierdicht has transformed into a muscular, confident man. Stone asks Joyner to review a few accounting records. Joyner deciphers the records as multi-million dollar transactions from an auction, with the final payment set to be made the following day. Stone avoids Joyner’s questions and spends the night on his couch.
The next morning, a group of CIA agents led by Pamela Harris (Amy Ryan) arrive at Joyner’s house in search of Stone, who escapes and erases all traces that he was ever there. Harris tells Joyner that Stone is a dangerous rogue agent who intends to sell satellite codes to the highest bidder. As the CIA agents follow Joyner to his office, Stone abducts Joyner and explains that he is trying to stop a criminal known as the Black Badger from selling the satellite codes but needs Joyner’s skills as a forensic accountant to find the coordinates of the deal’s location. They are then attacked by a bounty hunter; Joyner flees and calls Johnson, telling her to meet him at the marriage counselor’s office. Harris intercepts him and tells him that Stone murdered his partner Phil Stanton and is the Black Badger himself. She warns him to refrain from telling Johnson and gives him a device to alert them to Stone’s location. Joyner then arrives for marriage counseling, where he finds Stone posing as the counselor.
Stone convinces Joyner to help him, and Joyner sets up a meeting with Olsen, who is able to track the off-shore account for the auction for the codes, so they can obtain the account number that reveals the deal’s location. Olsen helps them and lies that he’s found God, apologizing for the prank, only to laugh in their faces, bullying Stone again. As they leave the building, Harris calls Joyner and threatens to arrest Johnson if he fails to help them detain Stone. Joyner is forced to betray Stone, and the CIA arrests him. As Harris tortures Stone to get him to confess, Joyner decides to help Stone. He restrains Harris, and the two escape. Joyner deduces that the deal is happening in Boston and helps Stone steal a plane. In Boston, Joyner guesses that the deal must be happening in an underground parking garage. Stone enters the garage alone, while Joyner sees Harris entering the garage a short while later, and mistakenly assumes that she is the Black Badger and runs after her. He finds Stone meeting with the buyer and claiming to be the Black Badger. Stone shoots Joyner, grazing his neck, to keep him safe.
Stanton (Aaron Paul) arrives, revealing that he is alive, and claims that he is the real Black Badger. The buyer attempts to retrieve codes from both Stone and Stanton, but the CIA arrives and a shootout begins, while Joyner grabs both codes and runs outside. He encounters Stone and Stanton, who engage in combat. Unable to decide who is the criminal, Joyner aims blindly and shoots Stone, allowing Stanton to knock him out. Stanton then confesses to being the Black Badger and reveals that Stone is innocent. Joyner causes a distraction that allows Stone to rip Stanton’s throat out, killing him. The two deliver the codes to Harris, who then drops them off at their high school reunion. Joyner reconciles with Johnson and, alongside Stone, they walk in to the reunion. Stone is announced as the Homecoming King, with Joyner revealing to Johnson that he hacked the voting system to ensure Stone’s win. Olsen attempts to bully Stone a third time, but Stone knocks him out. As Stone delivers his speech, he relives his most embarrassing high-school moment and takes off all his clothes confidently. He walks off stage to unite with his high school crush Darla Mcguavian. The film ends with Stone, Joyner and everyone at the reunion dancing to My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
During the ending credits, Johnson is revealed to be pregnant and Joyner has joined the CIA. As a first day of work gift, Stone gives Joyner back his varsity jacket from high school.