King's Ransom (film)

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King's Ransom
King's Ransom poster.JPG
Theatrical poster
Directed byJeffrey W. Byrd
Written byWayne Conley
Produced byDarryl Taja
David Brewington
Jeremy Barber
Luke Ryan
Matt Moore
Mike Drake
Toby Emmerich
Starring
CinematographyRobert McLachlan
Edited byJeffrey Cooper
Music byMarcus Miller
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$4,143,652[1]

King's Ransom is a 2005 American black comedy film directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd and written by Wayne Conley, who was a writer for the Nickelodeon TV series, Kenan & Kel. The film stars Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Kellita Smith, Regina Hall, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker, Charlie Murphy, Loretta Devine, Brooke D'Orsay, and Leila Arcieri. King's Ransom was released in the United States on April 22, 2005, and was a critical and commercial failure, grossing $4,143,652 against a budget of $15 million.

Plot[edit]

Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) is a wealthy, selfish, obnoxious businessman who is about to divorce his wife Renee (Kellita Smith). She plans to ruin him financially during the court proceedings, and King is willing to do anything to protect his fortune.

He enlists his mistress, Peaches (Regina Hall), and her brother, Herb (Charlie Murphy), to stage a mock kidnapping. They are to make and receive a huge ransom demand, which would keep the money safe from his wife.

Unfortunately for him, two other people have similar plans to kidnap him; Angela (Nicole Ari Parker), an aggrieved employee and Corey (Jay Mohr), a good-natured yet hapless nobody who lives in his grandmother's basement and needs $10,000 after being threatened by his adopted sister.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

King's Ransom was produced on a $15 million budget, but only grossed $2,137,685 on its opening weekend and ranked at #10 at the box office. It was released in 1,508 theaters and had $1,417 average. The film eventually closed on June 2, 2005 upon grossing $4,008,527 in the domestic market, and $135,125 in the foreign market for a worldwide total of $4,143,652. Altogether, the film ended up a huge disappointment, commercially.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 2% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 2.4/10. The site's consensus states: "Filled with crass dialogue, unlikable characters, and overdone slapstick gags, King's Ransom is an utterly inept would-be comedy."[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, the film has a score of 11 out of 100 based on 13 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "King's Ransom (2005)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "King's Ransom". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ "King's Ransom Reviews". Metacritic.

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