The Man from Toronto movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES THE MAN FROM TORONTO PRESENT A FUNNY ACTION DUO?
This entertaining but dreary Netflix action-comedy presents Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson as a duo that just don’t work out really well. There’s a few laughs and the action is just okay; it just doesn’t make the cut for movie night.
A failing screw-up in his life, Teddy, and the word’s deadliest assassin, known as the man from Toronto, must team up when they are mistaken for each other when they wind up at the same Airbnb rental.
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Jasmine Mathews, Pierson Fodé, Ellen Barkin
Writer: Robbie Fox, Chris Bremner
Release Date (Australia): 24 June 2022
Runtime: 110 minutes/1h 50m
Genre: Action, Comedy
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains themes of betrayal, torture and threat.
The film features scenes in which people are beaten with blunt objects, shot, stabbed, punched, kicked and killed.
The film contains one use of the word “f**k”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “bitch” and “damn”.
There are verbal and visual references to sex throughout the film.
PG-13 (for violence throughout, some strong language and suggestive material)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Especially for the “duo we never knew we needed”, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson just don’t work well together. Hart is a natural comedian, and he fits the role as a failing screw-up in New York City. Harrelson is typically quite serious in the film, but he does work finely in the comedy genre. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty weak story with the usual cinematography, action and themes you’d get in a Netflix movie.
The Man From Toronto is a buddy action-comedy presented to Netflix by Patrick Hughes, the same person who directed the hilarious action-duo movies The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. And it goes from the director to the stars who have done excellent team-up movies, including Kevin Hart from buddy movies like Get Hard and Woody Harrelson from team movies like Zombieland and Zombieland: Double Tap.
But although those and other duos, teams and groups of protagonists function very enjoyably and usually offer a handful of good laughs, Hart and Harrelson just don’t work well together. It’s because they’re just not fun enough and their interactions with each other aren’t original or in any way thoughtful. They both have funny lines, but the film is just an overall flop.
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