Parents' Guide to

Central Intelligence

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Action-comedy is charming but predictable; some violence.

Movie PG-13 2016 114 minutes
Central Intelligence Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 18+

Skip. Don't watch...

Bad swearing. Nudity. Use the Lord’s name in vane. Not for 13 year olds! PASS...

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+

Not that bad compared to the movies my other kids watch

my 7 year old watched it and it is totally fine not that inappropriate and us parents "talk" way worse (lol) like, we have to admit it . it is not like we are exposing them to anything new and if anything we are getting them ready for the harsh world.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (95):

By now, Hart's signature patter ought to have grown tiresome, but somehow that's not the case in this film. He talks so much in some scenes that, no matter how hard you resist, he wins you over by the time he utters his last sentence. And Johnson is so winning in his awkwardness, earnestness, and general big-heartedness that audiences will almost be able to forgive his lack of range.

That said, Central Intelligence has plenty of holes, and it drags many of the jokes out, ruining their momentum. But the chemistry between the two leads is unmistakable, elevating an otherwise predictable script. See it for Hart and Johnson, but be ready for a formulaic -- albeit sometimes funny -- ride.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate