Central Intelligence

Theatrical Release: June 17, 2016
Central Intelligence


After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.

Dove Review

“Central Intelligence” is very funny at times and fast-paced, but the content in it, especially in the language and nudity categories, is over the top. The movie has a lot of strong language.

The plot features two old high school friends. Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) was formerly known as Robert, and his former last name sounded like “weird d*ck.” He is reunited with Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) 20 years after graduation. Robert had a prank pulled on him in high school, during which his clothes were taken and he wound up naked in front of a youth rally. Calvin gave him his letter jacket to cover himself. Robert was overweight in high school, but now he is all muscle and remembers his friend Calvin fondly. Calvin knows Bob is involved in something but is not sure whether he is on the side of good or evil. Calvin only knows about something called the “Black Badger,” and several intelligence agents are in pursuit of Bob, as they desire certain codes they believe are in his possession. Due to Bob spending the night at Calvin’s place, Calvin also becomes a target, and they dodge gun shots, speeding cars, and have to survive a lot of other risky adventures. Is Bob trying to locate the Black Badger, or is he the Black Badger himself?

Everything is revealed in the end, and several funny moments occur along the way. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are hilarious together, with Hart, as Calvin, being told he is a “snack-sized Denzel.” Calvin can’t get use to his tough old buddy Bob being a hugger and getting teary-eyed at times. Physical humor is part of the movie, too. However, due to the aforementioned language, which includes sexual slang and the use of “GD” and “J,” as well as rear male nudity, we are unable to award the film our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing between a few couples; sexual slang, such as "jerking off."
Language: Strong language throughout the entire movie, including "GD" on several occasions and the use of "J," as well as the F word once and sexual slang for female genitalia and breasts, as well as other uses of strong language.
Violence: A lot of violence, including car chases and crashes; several shootings and guns held on people; blood splatters on a window a few times; man cries out as he is tortured, and his broken finger, out of joint, is shown on screen; man pulls another man's throat out, and the scene is bloody; fights; man beats up four bullies in a bar and smashes one bully's head into a glass table; explosions; a man is punched and knocked out; a man is Tasered twice; people are hit with a cart; man hit with a stick; a truck crashes a gate; man is slapped.
Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes; bar scene; a man purposely spills beer on a computer.
Nudity: Rear male nudity on two occasions; cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: Man acts as if he is sorry for how he pranked a man while in high school and says he found the Lord, but then he says he deserves an Oscar for his performance and that he's really a Scientologist; tension between characters; a high school prank involves guys pushing a naked young man into the gym during a pep rally.


Company: Warner Brothers
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter