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King's Ransom (2005) Generic hip-hop soundtrack? Check. Aerial stock footage of milieu? Check. Hardy-har homophobia and misogyny? Check. Emasculated sub-Gump white dude played by Jay Mohr? Double check.… 2005-04-22 PG-13 PT95M Comedy Anthony Anderson Loretta Devine Donald Faison Jay Mohr New Line Cinema
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King's Ransom (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, ... | ROYAL FLUSH It would cost more than they've got to get us to watch
Image credit: KING'S RANSOM: Takashi Seida
ROYAL FLUSH It would cost more than they've got to get us to watch
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Apr 22, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 95 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Anthony Anderson; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Generic hip-hop soundtrack? Check. Aerial stock footage of milieu? Check. Hardy-har homophobia and misogyny? Check. Emasculated sub-Gump white dude played by Jay Mohr? Double check. That's right, King's Ransom is the latest ''urban'' comedy, starring the now-ubiquitous Anthony Anderson as Chicago marketing mogul Malcolm King, a jackass with plenty of enemies. In the course of staging his own kidnapping to avoid a divorce settlement, something goes very wrong. Get out! The script — basically an improv scene sprawling to feature length — is as oddly paced and loose as infant stool.

Originally posted May 04, 2005 Published in issue #819 May 13, 2005 Order article reprints