Central Intelligence begins twenty years in the past. Calvin (Kevin Hart) is the most popular guy in school, adored by everyone, and Robby (Dwayne Johnson) is the fat kid everybody picks on. Fast forward to the present day and Calvin is a nobody, working every day at his accountant job. Just before his high school reunion, Calvin is approached by Robby, now referred to as Bob, and the two start to catch up. Bob, now super muscular, it turns out, is in the CIA, and his actions bring Calvin into his plan. What that plan is? Well, I might save that piece of information for the movie. It's a bit spoiler-y.
Kevin Hart, on the other hand, plays pretty much the exact character you would expect him to. He's the normal, loud and depressed middle age man who's life hasn't turned out how he hoped. Sound familiar? Exactly. Not only have you seen Kevin Hart play that character before in films like Get Hard, but you've seen that character on screen in so many other films. Granted, it does work in the scheme of things, allowing this buddy cop movie to work its magic and further the plot. Plus, Kevin Hart actually made me laugh quite hard. I didn't see that coming.
Surprisingly though, no matter how hard it can get to follow at times, the film is fast, to the point and when the action is going down, it's actually pretty well done, full of Dwayne Johnson's action star talent and Kevin Hart's loud comedy. They don't always work well on their own, but when put together in an action scene, it works to perfection. There are two stand out action sequences, one in an office building early one and one towards the finale, and both are a lot of fun. As is this whole movie, flaws and all.