Anthony Anderson stars in the comedy King’s Ransom as Malcolm King, a wealthy and arrogant businessman whose soon-to-be ex-wife (Kellita Smith) 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 (Regina Hall) and her ex-con brother (Charles Murphy). But Malcolm’s plans go hilariously awry when he discovers that he is not the only one with a scheme to kidnap and hold him for ransom.
I was hoping someone would pay a king’s ransom and free me from this terrible film. It was simply ninety-five minutes of sexual content and miserable humor (if you could call it that). Honestly, I didn’t expect this movie to be worthy of awards, but I was hoping for a few laughs, especially with personalities like Charlie Murphy and Jay Mohr. The only time I laughed was when Mohr’s character tackled a guy in a cheeseburger costume—a true food fight. Other than that single scene (which was shown in every preview on television), there is absolutely no reason to see this film. Even Anthony Anderson can be humorous at times, but in this movie he was downright annoying which is why I’m glad I had run out of Q-Tips that morning.
Malcolm King tries to get kidnapped so he can demand a ransom from his wife whom he is trying to divorce. He sets up a kidnapping plan unaware that three other groups of people want to kidnap him too. He actually gets kidnapped but believes that it’s a part of his own plan which causes him to help the kidnappers. It is like the scenario played out in Police Academy 5 and Mr. Magoo, only with much less success.
The common thread of interest in this film is sex. Everyone is either trying to sleep with someone, concealing that they’re sleeping with someone, or being mocked for being a virgin. This, along with the 60 offensive words included on the soundtrack, kidnaps this film from the Dove approved list.