Kings Ransom

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Three people aim to collect a ransom on the same man in this comedy. Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) is about to divorce his wife, Renee (Kellita Smith), who plots to kidnap him to collect a ransom, securing her fair share of the divorce settlement. Malcolm stages his own kidnapping to prevent Renee from taking his hard-earned savings. Meanwhile, Corey, a desperate psychopath (Jay Mohr), carries out Malcolms kidnapping and succeeds because Malcolm mistakenly identifies him as the man he hired to be his own kidnapper. The wackiness continues as Andre (Donald Faison), mistakenly identified as Malcolm, is captured by one of the kidnappers and finds himself enjoying the luxury of a five-star hotel and the comfort of Malcolms girlfriend, while Malcolm and Renee live like a paupers, eating TV dinners in the basement of a dilapidated shack.

As the young, divorcing couple is forced to work toward the common goal of escaping their captor, they begin to remember their love for each other. Thats about the extent of any value this film has to offer. Though it purports to be a comedy, the humor is drawn from hardened people who have given in to worldly desires, which isnt very funny. Jesus is mocked through the displays of a young woman (Leila Arcierei), professing to be a born-again Christian, who flaunts her faith with a tattoo on her breast declaring I love Jesus. Kim is also shown wearing a t-shirt broadcasting Jesus is a homosexual. Sexual innuendo and sexual content throughout this film aim at those who prefer sex over love in a movie. In addition, bad language and disparaging statements about God earn this film a negative rating by Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Peggy Misura
New Line

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (64) times mild (hell 24, damn 10); moderate (butt 1); strong (-ss 18, b-tch 11)

Obscene Language: Several (9) times mild (tooted 2); moderate (cr-p 1, s-ck 1); strong (f-word 1, s-word 4)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (MG 3, G-sake 1); strong (J 1)

Violence: Many times mild (a man is assaulted by a friend, a man stomps on his cell phone, a few gunshots with no one getting hurt, a man throws a sandwich in the face of another man, two people fight and fall down stairs, argument includes You and Dr. Phil both can kiss my black -ss, a man threatens a woman because she calls him a virgin, two men fight, character says Dont let me die a virgin, man punched in groin, reckless driving)

Sex: Several times mild (implied sex with man and woman in another room, woman rubs her breast on a mans shoulder, woman often wears a low-cut blouse, a woman pulls a lottery ticket out of her cleavage, camera focuses on hips as a woman walks, a woman rubbing a mans feet appears to be offering unconventional sex)

Nudity: Few times mild (a woman is shown in her underwear, a man is shown in his underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times mild (numerous occasions of a woman dancing with camera focused on hips; a woman is shown sitting in her office chair with her legs up in the air; a woman shows a man her leg in order to manipulate him; camera focuses on a womans back as she bends over; numerous uses of sexual innuendo; a man states that a woman made him rise to the occasion; if it doesnt get any more slippery to me; you aint got no balls is followed by I got big manly hairy balls; a man and woman are apparently having sex in the next room and woman yells out Hey, where did that come from? I forgot to show you my tool.

Drugs: Few times mild (a few occasions of alcohol and cigarette use); moderate (an old woman appears drunk)

Other: A few scenes mock Christianity: a woman tattoos I love Jesus on her breast, a woman wears a T-shirt stating Jesus is a homeboy

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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