King's Ransom (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

King's Ransom (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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 demand a large portion of his fortune for his return, which will be kicked back to the businessman later. But King seriously underestimates the ineptitude of his would-be kidnapper -- no to mention how many other people want a piece of his fortune. King's Ransom also stars Regina Hall, Leila Arcieri, Charlie Murphy, and Donald Faison. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor and language)
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Anthony Anderson
as Malcolm King
Jay Mohr
as Corey
Kellita Smith
as Renee King
Nicole Ari Parker
as Angela Drake
Regina Hall
as Peaches Clarke
Loretta Devine
as Miss Gladys
Leila Arcieri
as Kim Baker
Charlie Murphy
as Herb Clarke
Brooke D'Orsay
as Brooke Mayo
Lisa Marcos
as Raven
Rob Smith
as David
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Critic Reviews for King's Ransom

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Marital bickering, a mistaken-identity sex romp and booty shots galore follow, but few laughs.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

King's Ransom is a wit-deficient barrage of obnoxious characters and second-hand punchlines.

April 27, 2005
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
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for King's Ransom

This movie never made a lot noise but was good...would of been a B movie if the cast didn't pull it off!!

Malik Anderson
Malik Anderson

This movie had me laughing so hard!! I go into comedies looking for laughs not a story but everyone now a days think they are hard ass critics judging movies like they can do any better!

Jose Castillo
Jose Castillo

As terrible as this movie is, i only watched it for one reason...Nicole Parker is drop dead beautiful!!! I love that woman.

Emeka Watson
Emeka Watson

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