King's Ransom
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 2%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Marital bickering, a mistaken-identity sex romp and booty shots galore follow, but few laughs."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The thing looks like it was written in a week, directed in two, and forgotten about by all involved in less than three."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"I couldn't pay anyone to see this movie. Literally."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"King's Ransom lumbers forth clumsily, choreographing its slapstick pratfalls with all the class and taste of a Courtney Love relapse."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"King's Ransom is a wit-deficient barrage of obnoxious characters and second-hand punchlines."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"The wordplay of the title here is the only slightly clever element of this extremely lame comedy."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"King's Ransom deserves to be bashed, burned, and have its ashes scattered over Hollywood"
‑ Matt McKillop,
"(Anthony) Anderson is funny, usually. Just not here."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"Basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"Little in this film suggests 'director' Jeff Byrd and writer Wayne Conley possess any facility -- or familiarity -- with irony or any other comedic device."
‑ Peter L'Official, Village Voice
"Anthony Anderson shows he can star in a movie without a kangaroo in this kidnapping plan gone crazy."
‑ Michael Szymanski, International Press Academy
"It is, quite plainly, like watching a movie that's trying to go out of its way to be horrible."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A mirthless comedy about venal people doing stupid things."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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