KING'S RANSOM: Takashi Seida
Scott Brown
May 04, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

King's Ransom

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/22/05
performer
Anthony Anderson, Loretta Devine, Donald Faison, Jay Mohr
director
Jeff Byrd
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Wayne Conley
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

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.

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