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King's Ransom Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    A desperately strained comedy.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    An innocuous abduction of viewers' time, if nothing else, King's Ransom is an appealingly cast but terminally bland farce.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

Coarse comedy about kidnapping and revenge.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes raunchy sexual language, irritating humor at an elderly woman's expense, tired stereotypes, fart jokes, and ridiculous plotting -- all potentially offensive for some viewers. While the language is relatively mild, it is repetitive (frequent uses of "damn," "bitch," and "hell" in particular). Characters drink, smoke cigars and cigarettes, splat condiments (mustard, ketchup) on one another's faces, and fight verbally and physically. Wealthy executive Malcolm is selfish and materialistic, loathed by his wife and employees (who call him a "jackass" more than once), but as these supporting players are dim, obnoxious, and/or greedy as well, you're left with no one to like.

  • Families can talk about the animosity and envy caused by Malcolm's arrogance, or point out the film's use of broad stereotypes. Families might also consider the fact that the protagonist's name -- Malcolm King -- evokes Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., in ways that can only be described as disappointing.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Pretty much everyone is a bad role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Raunchy sexual language.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent uses of "damn," "bitch," and "hell."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink, smoke cigars and cigarettes.