King's Ransom (film)
|Directed by||Jeffrey W. Byrd|
|Produced by||Darryl Taja
|Written by||Wayne Conley|
Nicole Ari Parker
|Music by||Marcus Miller|
|Edited by||Jeffrey Cooper|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|April 22, 2005|
King's Ransom is a 2005 comedy film, directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd and written by Wayne Conley, who was a writer for Kenan & Kel. The film stars Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Kellita Smith, Regina Hall, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker, Charlie Murphy, Loretta Devine, Brooke D'Orsay, and Leila Arcieri. King's Ransom was released in the United States on April 22, 2005, and, on a production budget of $15 million, brought in $4,143,652 worldwide.
Malcolm King (Anderson) is a wealthy, selfish, obnoxious businessman who is about to divorce his wife Renee (Smith). She plans to ruin him financially during the court proceedings, and King is willing to do anything to protect his fortune.
He enlists his mistress, Peaches (Hall), and her brother, Herb (Murphy), to stage a mock kidnapping. They are to make and receive a huge ransom demand, which would keep the money safe from his wife.
Unfortunately for him, two other people have similar plans to kidnap him; Angela (Parker), an aggrieved employee and Corey (Mohr), a good-natured yet hapless nobody who lives in his grandmother's basement and needs $10,000 after being threatened by his adopted sister.
- Anthony Anderson as Malcolm King
- Jay Mohr as Corey
- Kellita Smith as Renee King
- Donald Faison as Andre
- Regina Hall as Peaches Clarke
- Nicole Ari Parker as Angela Drake
- Loretta Devine as Miss Gladys
- Charlie Murphy as Herb Clarke
- Leila Arcieri as Kim Baker
- Brooke D'Orsay as Brooke Mayo
- Roger Cross as Byron
- Jackie Burroughs as Granny
- Christian Potenza as Officer Holland
- Lawrence Dane as Detective Conley
- Lisa Marcos as Raven
- Robert Norman Smith as David
King's Ransom was produced on a $15 million budget, but only grossed $2,137,685 on its opening weekend and ranked at #10 at the box office. It was released in 1,508 theaters and had $1,417 average. The film eventually closed on June 2, 2005 upon grossing $4,008,527 in the domestic market, and $135,125 in the foreign market for a worldwide total of $4,143,652. Altogether, the film ended up a huge disappointment, commercially.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film a score of 2% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 2.4/10, and the site's consensus stating, "Filled with crass dialogue, unlikable characters, and overdone slapstick gags, King's Ransom is an utterly inept would-be comedy." Another review aggregation website, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 from critics, gave the film a metascore of 11 based on 13 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike".