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King's Ransom (2005)

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Average Rating: 2.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 49

Filled with crass dialogue, unlikable characters, and overdone slapstick gags, King's Ransom is an utterly inept would-be comedy.

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Average Rating: 2.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 15

Filled with crass dialogue, unlikable characters, and overdone slapstick gags, King's Ransom is an utterly inept would-be comedy.

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A multi-millionaire plans a scam that goes wrong in a great many ways in this comedy. Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) is a wildly successful businessman who has gotten used to having things his own way. When King decides to divorce his wife, she's none too thrilled at the prospect and makes it clear she will make him pay a huge settlement in exchange for his freedom. King isn't keen on this idea, so he and his mistress hatch a scheme by which one of her friends (Jay Mohr) will "kidnap" King and

PG-13,

Comedy

,

Jul 26, 2005

$4.0M

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The script, by TV writer Wayne Conley, shares some elements with the old Danny DeVito comedy Ruthless People, but humor isn't one of them.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Marital bickering, a mistaken-identity sex romp and booty shots galore follow, but few laughs.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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King's Ransom is a wit-deficient barrage of obnoxious characters and second-hand punchlines.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Little in this film suggests 'director' Jeff Byrd and writer Wayne Conley possess any facility -- or familiarity -- with irony or any other comedic device.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The scenarios are halfway convincing and at times even passably clever; they are never, however, especially funny.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This slapdash comedy barely coughs up more than a couple of funny scenes as the story moves in predictable fits and starts before sputtering out of fuel half way through.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The wordplay of the title here is the only slightly clever element of this extremely lame comedy.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Anthony Anderson shows he can star in a movie without a kangaroo in this kidnapping plan gone crazy.

October 17, 2005 Full Review Source: International Press Academy
International Press Academy

King's Ransom lumbers forth clumsily, choreographing its slapstick pratfalls with all the class and taste of a Courtney Love relapse.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The thing looks like it was written in a week, directed in two, and forgotten about by all involved in less than three.

August 1, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

King's Ransom deserves to be bashed, burned, and have its ashes scattered over Hollywood

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It is, quite plainly, like watching a movie that's trying to go out of its way to be horrible.

July 23, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I couldn't pay anyone to see this movie. Literally.

May 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

(Anthony) Anderson is funny, usually. Just not here.

May 6, 2005

A mirthless comedy about venal people doing stupid things.

May 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comments (2)
Austin Chronicle

Byrd's romp through the most contemptible stereotypes of women, gays, and ethnic minorities makes his film unfit for just about anyone, never mind royalty.

April 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Mean-spirited, unpleasant comedy about characters who are both nasty and stupid and who deserve every bad thing that happens to them. In fact, they deserve more.

April 30, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

All these plots converge in a decidedly unfunny cacophony.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Needless to say, as a cringe-worthy and excruciatingly awful comedy, you shouldn't pay a dime of King's Ransom.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

'Screenwriter' Wayne Conley's idea of side-splitting dialogue is to have characters repeatedly tell King to "kiss their black ass." Or announce that they just "pooted."

April 29, 2005
Reel.com

[A] crass, trashy and none-too-funny comedy.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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