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'Central Intelligence' is a surprisingly smart bromance between Hart and Johnson that explores male insecurity

'Central Intelligence' is a surprisingly smart bromance between Hart and Johnson that explores male insecurity

“Central Intelligence” is dumb in all the right ways, and also a bit smarter than you might expect. It jams together two frequently incompatible Hollywood modes — the comedy and the action movie — and somehow doesn’t wind up feeling like an oil-and-water exercise: It’s more like oil and paint thinner. It’s a ’90s nostalgia trip, a rambunctious spy thriller and a knucklehead bromance rolled into one, and as disjointed as that sounds, the movie locates in all three stories a single, unifying thread of male insecurity. But rather than drowning in macho self-pity — or its natural byproduct, crudely misogynist caricature —...

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