After an embarrassing incident in high school, Robbie Weirdicht disappears from contact for 20 years, with only a moment of kindness from Calvin “The Golden Jet” Joyner serving as a glimmer of positivity. Calvin’s life took a roller coaster, as he married his high school sweetheart but never seemed to reach the professional success he appeared destined to achieve. Right before his 20-year high school reunion, Calvin gets a Facebook message from Bob Stone, who he comes to learn is a reinvented Robbie Weirdicht and a CIA agent. His life is about to take a turn for the exciting as he has to navigate whether Bob can be trusted.
Hart & Johnson FTW: There have been a lot of comedy duos that have stepped up in recent years. While this duo is a little more slapstick than some of the other great combinations, both actors have proven their range and willingness to put it all out there. Kevin Hart may seemingly stretch himself thin with the number of films he stars in, but there is no shortage of energy from the man. He is willing to play the fool to pull the laughs out of the crowd. For Dwayne Johnson, he has proven himself both as a comedic and dramatic actor. The range helps emphasize the goofier side of his personality.
Double Secret Spy Games: The film centered around the idea that a confidential list potentially was going to end up in the wrong hands. While Bob initially promoted a version of the story of being framed and trying to do the right thing, Calvin was quickly approached by CIA agents highlighting a very different description of past events. While Calvin had no interest in getting caught up in the chaos in the first place, he struggled with Bob’s kindness and the conflicting stories balanced against his own safety as to whether he should continue to stay involved.
Physical Comedy Versus Comedic Themes: The comedy was twofold in this film. On the one hand, there were the physical elements, such as Hart’s flips and attempts at combat. What made the film funnier was actually Johnson’s awkward character development. While Calvin was a man who was focused on his failure to meet expectations after high school, Robbie was a man who never seemed to actually emotionally or culturally develop after high school. Wearing unicorn t-shirts, obsessed with Calvin’s letterman jacket, and always equipped with the fanny pack, Robbie was just as likely to break a jaw as he was to break into a John Hughes movie reference or make a sexually-suggestive reference without realizing it.
Final Verdict: While not necessarily a breakthrough comedy, it also still feels like it could be the first in a series of potential sequels. I would definitely enjoy watching more of this duo.
Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5