King's Ransom



Coarse comedy about kidnapping and revenge.
  • Review Date: December 14, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Pretty much everyone is a bad role model.

Not applicable

Raunchy sexual language.


Frequent uses of "damn," "bitch," and "hell."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, smoke cigars and cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes raunchy sexual language, irritating humor at an elderly woman's expense, tired stereotypes, fart jokes, and ridiculous plotting -- all potentially offensive for some viewers. While the language is relatively mild, it is repetitive (frequent uses of "damn," "bitch," and "hell" in particular). Characters drink, smoke cigars and cigarettes, splat condiments (mustard, ketchup) on one another's faces, and fight verbally and physically. Wealthy executive Malcolm is selfish and materialistic, loathed by his wife and employees (who call him a "jackass" more than once), but as these supporting players are dim, obnoxious, and/or greedy as well, you're left with no one to like.

What's the story?

The plot of KING'S RANSOM is premised on the fact that everyone who knows Malcolm (Anthony Anderson) dislikes him and wants revenge for his meanness. In the midst of an ugly divorce from wife Renee (Kellita Smith), Malcolm fires his competent, cocky Acting Vice President of Marketing, Angela (Nicole Parker), to hire his dim-witted, tight-dressed mistress Peaches (Regina Hall). Meanwhile, Angela's friend Kim (Leila Arcieri) has "found Jesus," and impoverished Corey (Jay Mohr) fears his sister Raven (Lisa Marcos), who just escaped from prison and is threatening him for money. Variously desperate, Renee, Angela, and Corey plan separately to kidnap Malcolm for ransom, while he and Peaches, along with her paroled brother Herb (Charlie Murphy), plot his kidnapping themselves, to avoid paying Renee a divorce settlement.

Is it any good?


All the plots of King's Ransom converge in a mostly unfunny cacophony (save for the masks worn by Angela and her two-girl crew, including Condoleezza Rice and Jesse Jackson); identities are mistaken, promises betrayed, and stereotypes abound (Corey does business with a Chinese pawn shop owner named Miss Ho and beats up a Mexican worker at a fast food joint). The plot proceeds loudly and clumsily, leading to no lessons learned and bad behavior rewarded.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the animosity and envy caused by Malcolm's arrogance, or point out the film's use of broad stereotypes. Families might also consider the fact that the protagonist's name -- Malcolm King -- evokes Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., in ways that can only be described as disappointing.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 22, 2005
DVD release date:July 26, 2005
Cast:Anthony Anderson, Donald Faison, Regina Hall
Director:Jeff Byrd
Studio:New Line
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual humor and language

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Adult Written byjoshua martinez June 28, 2012

16 and up.

king ransom is a silly funny comedy movie but a waste of time stars with Anthony Anderson with no plot to the movie and bad behavior with all that being said this movie is good enough for your older teens and parents you need to know that king ransom has some Raunchy sexual language some mild language used and Characters drink, smoke cigars and cigarettes.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 28, 2011

what its not for 16 its for 7 year olds!

Well its a bit rude with language and there are sexual references but not too bad. I think i 7 year could watch it because any lower and they would not understand it. :) ps i watch zombie land, kick ass, and hangover. things like that and im only 12 3:) im a devil
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviefanatic411 April 9, 2008


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