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King's Ransom (2005)

Anthony Anderson , Jay Mohr , Jeffrey W. Byrd  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Kellita Smith, Nicole Parker, Regina Hall
  • Directors: Jeffrey W. Byrd
  • Writers: Wayne Conley
  • Producers: Darryl Taja
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009P42RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King's Ransom" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 21 deleted scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Anderson plays millionare Malcolm King who gets wrapped up in a true mess when he plans his own kidnapping to avoid paying a divorce settlement. Unfortunately for Malcolm, everything falls apart when he's not the only one in on the plot! Watch and see who finally gets away with King's Ransom!

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary with Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, and director
DVD ROM Features:Script to Screen
Deleted Scenes:Deleted/Alternate Scenes with optional director commentary
Documentary:"Down and Dirty" - Behind the scenes documentary
Theatrical Trailer

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was funny sometimes, but not enough times January 29, 2007
By U2girl
I happened to be passing through the channels on cable and came across this movie and saw Anthony and decided to watch. All I can say is Thank Goodness I saw this on cable. It had a few funny scenes like when Anthony was bossy to Jay, but most of the movie didn't make any sense. I mean what are the odds of 3 people thinking of kidnapping somebody on the same night, especially since one of the culprits was himself. Too farfetched and not funny enough to be given more than 2 stars. Sorry Anthony.
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4.0 out of 5 stars King's Ransom January 24, 2010
Malcolm King is a wealthy and arrogant businessman whose ex-wife to be has plans to take him for everything he's worth in their divorce settlement. Determined to avoid losing his fortune to her, Malcolm plans his own kidnapping with the help of his dim-witted mistress and her ex-con brother. Unfortunately for Malcolm, he is not the only one with a kidnapping plot. This movie is a silly slapstick comedy. You shouldn't watch this movie expecting to be moved to anything but laughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Noire Comedy" February 9, 2006
By abj
2/09/06 Although it was a "spoof" on black culture(at the corporate level)(with a Caucasian Alzheimer granny & her confused Causian grandson thrown in for good measure) and it had no redeeming values (unless if one looked for the subtle messages) , due to an excellent acting cast/crew lead by Anthony Anderson & a few of its "this can't be happening scenes" ,it's worth the viewing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You'll be held for ransom July 26, 2005
if you wactch this annoying mess of a movie. Not even an ok cast can save this movie from its lack of humor. 90 minutes of cliche dumbness.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies of all time.. November 15, 2010
Jeff Byrd, the director of this movie, made absolutely clear his lack of any talent whatsoever in making this film- and he has not directed since, thank goodness.

The script, characters, and storyline are high-school caliber; the movie is EXCRUCIATINGLY UNFUNNY to the point of insulting your intelligence. This guy (Jeff Byrd) had no business in film whatsoever. How he managed to convince the studio to give him this job is beyond me.

Mr. Byrd, I hope you've found more gainful means of employment as you've proven without a doubt that you have no place in film. Maybe as a technician pulling cables and/or setting up lights, but should be the extent of your duties.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good sweet lord. July 31, 2005
Not since the birth of Paris Hilton has such an unholy atrocity as this movie been unleashed on the world. Seeing as I don't have enough PTO to list what's wrong with this movie I'll list what's right: absolutely nothing. If someone you know puts this on, gouge your eyes out and smear the blood on the tv screen to prevent others from being subjected to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great movie! January 4, 2010
By Flower
This was a great movie! we had to buy a copy.. It is very funny and has some good lessons... I would recommend this movie. One of my co workers asked me if I had seen this movie and I told them that we have seen the movie. My co worker also thought that it was a great movie and very funny. I am surprised at the reviews. Try it for your self.. great add on to your comedy collection!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny moments October 14, 2005
While this movie could not be considered wildly funny it did have funny moments.

Unfortunately the funny moments could not be strung together well enough to make for a funny movie.

The plot, a man arranging his own kidnapping, that goes awry is a good starting point.

However from there the execution goes downhill.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars KING'S RANSOM FILM
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn A. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Good laughs
The comedy is hilarious. Some of hollywood's best actors and entertainers are in this movie. I thought it was a good look.
Published 13 months ago by charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Laughs for all the wrong reasons
One scene it the best for me, and nearly everyone who's seen this movie laughs and remembers it well. DMX's song will never be the same after watching that scene.
Published 14 months ago by A.N. Ruffin-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars RZA
The movie is hysterically comical. It has an outstanding cast of prominent actors. I recommended this film to a black audience.
Published 15 months ago by Oraclea
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand
I saw this movie a couple of years ago and have never laughed so hard all movie long. Unfortunately, I could not remember the movie's name or Anthony Anderson's name. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by mnjake
5.0 out of 5 stars a king,s ransom
I enjoyed this film and Anthony Anderson outdid himself in playing the role of a stuckup,obnoxious business executive with questionable judgement. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Bernard Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Ransom is a King of Comedy!!!
throughout this whole film, beginning to end, was comedy!
a lot of black comedy films always know how to bring the funny!!!! Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by B. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is hilarious
This movie is too funny. Anderson made an excellent potrayal of a selfish bratty boss who told people what to do. Read more
Published on May 15, 2009 by Lisa Lamb
1.0 out of 5 stars deserves no stars........this movie was garbage
This is one of the worst movies I've seen. It's supposed to be a comedy but this movie was sooooooooo stupid it wasn't even funny. Read more
Published on May 8, 2006 by T. Winston
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