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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In theory, the movie is about each of the two main characters learning from each other how to be better people, to become either bolder or kinder. But to achieve this, there's a lot of bickering and fighting, all the way up to, and including, the final moments.
Positive Role Models
It's a wonder that Teddy has even survived this long: He's pretty much terrible at everything, but he still puts on a false show of confidence while lying to his wife about his failures. The Man from Toronto is ruthless and uncaring. He seems to have almost warmed up by the end, but he's still violent and still obsessed with his muscle car.
The lead character is a Black man. His wife is also Black. A Japanese man appears ("The Man from Tokyo"), but his main function involves his fighting skills.
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Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence. Guns and shooting. Characters are shot and killed. Explosions. Knife to throat. Tools for torturing. Stabbing in eye. Blood shown. Severed thumb. Fighting, punching. Beating with golf club. Fighting with axes, chainsaw. Martial arts fighting. Choking. Dangerous stunts. Character hit by car. Character falling into pit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Box full of "toys" for a sexy weekend getaway includes lubricant, whipped cream, etc. Other sexual situations, sex-related dialogue.
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A use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," "bitch/son of a bitch," "crap," "pissed," "sack," "pig sex."
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Products & Purchases
Character obsessed with his car, a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Man from Toronto is a stale action movie/buddy comedy that pairs Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson. It has lots of big, cartoonish violence, with guns and shooting, characters getting shot and killed, explosions, knives, stabbing, suggested torture, a severed thumb, blood, fighting, weapons, and more. There are mild sexual situations and sex-related dialogue, as well as a box full of "toys" intended for a romantic weekend (lubricant, whipped cream, etc.). Language includes a use of "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," etc. Characters drink socially. A main character's beloved car, a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T, is referenced several times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are hundreds of mismatched-buddy comedies, and this minor variation on the formula brings nothing fresh to the genre. It's stale, annoyingly busy, and altogether unfunny. In The Man from Toronto, Hart plays his usual character, the same one he's played in a handful of blandly similar movies (Ride Along, Get Hard, Central Intelligence, etc.) -- a yappy fast-talker with more ego than ability. The opening moments, with Teddy demonstrating his useless workout equipment, then taking a beating from it as it fails, is already exhausting. Harrelson doesn't fare much better; he's played this kind of stoic tough guy before, too (most memorably -- and more hilariously -- in Zombieland).
Neither actor seems particularly challenged here, and there's a lot of going through the motions. Perhaps worse than the movie's lack of humor is the fact that it seems intent on diving into its needlessly complex plot, which involves enemy agents, a severed thumb, trips to Puerto Rico and Miami, the presidency of Venezuela, and a whole bunch of choppy, shaky action cinematography. It's impossible to care about any of this stuff. The only reason to see The Man from Toronto would be to laugh and find an emotional connection between the two leads as their aggravation inevitably turns to friendship. But either the movie doesn't realize this simple idea, or it doesn't care.
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