One of the most well tread genres of cinema has got to be the buddy comedy. Looking back into the vaults of Hollywood history, there will never be a shortage of stories that have focused on two loveable characters – typically the straight man and the buffoon – who’ve had to face obstacles as wildly diverse as monsters to extra-terrestrials to international drug cartels. The box-office success of the film typically hinges on the onscreen relationship between the two buddies and how consistently they can make audiences laugh.
With the continuous massive rise in popularity of comedian Kevin Hart (Get Hard, Ride Along 2) Hollywood has been eager to find a project that suits his abilities and stands a formidable chance of hitting a successful box-office run. Though Hart has had small roles in numerous films over the years, his presence as a leading man has been rather limited. Most recently, Get Hard paired him up with comedian Will Ferrell to modest box-office returns, enough at least to prove to studios that both Hart’s talents and appeal were worth banking on in the buddy comedy genre once again.
This time around, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have paired Hart together with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Furious 7) for the action-comedy Central Intelligence. If you happen to be wondering what exactly a Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson buddy caper could look like, take a look at the first trailer that dropped today.
Central Intelligence is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, We're The Millers) and focuses on Bob (Johnson) a one-time overweight nerd in high school, who’s now a hulking behemoth of a CIA agent. When he attends his 20-year high school reunion, he meets up with Calvin (Hart), formerly the coolest guy in school and now a straight-laced accountant. After Bob is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, he brings Calvin into the picture in an attempt to clear his name and join him on a mission to stop a plot to sell military secrets.
You can check out the newly-released Central Intelligence poster, below:
Okay, maybe the Central Intelligence synopsis isn’t the most plausible storyline in the world, but this can easily be forgiven if the comedy works. From what the teaser showcases, Hart and Johnson do seem to have a chemistry – their onscreen presence together is kind of well, charming. Hart is clearly the straight man in this dynamic (which is new for him), and Johnson’s ongoing insistence on placing fish out of water Calvin into as many horrifying scenarios as possible can produce some decent laughs.
In the end it's up to audiences to decide if Central Intelligence is worth their time. Still, given the popularity of both Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as well as Thurber’s previous success with We’re The Millers, Central Intelligence just might prove to be one of next summer’s comedy hits.
Central Intelligence opens in U.S. theaters on June 17th, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures