I’ve been putting off writing a review of “The Man From Toronto” because it’s just so pointless and forgettable that I would hate for anyone to waste their time watching it. With a terrible script and mismatched leading men duo Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, this unfunny, stale movie gets trapped at a dead end before it ever gets up to speed.
Teddy (Hart) is quite possibly the biggest screw up in all of New York. He’s not having much success in his career or at home, so he plans a romantic lakeside getaway with his wife Lori (Jasmine Mathews) and rents an Airbnb cabin. While checking into his rental, Teddy walks in on an uncomfortable situation where he is mistaken for the world’s deadliest assassin known only as The Man From Toronto (Harrelson). His day quickly goes from bad to worse. The bumbling, clumsy man must team up with the notorious hitman if he wants the best chance at staying alive.
The premise is based on a misunderstanding, which is funny at face value. I’m grasping at straws to find something positive to say, so I guess there’s that. Hart and Harrelson are appealing, but they don’t fit together at all. Their scenes are awkward and uncomfortable, and they lack any natural rapport. They simply do not work as an onscreen duo.
Even worse, the terrible script doesn’t do the two leads any favors and try as they might, the jokes are lame and are good for only a few weak laughs. The action and fight scenes are just as anemic, and Patrick Hughes‘ direction suggests he eventually just shrugged his shoulders and gave up. A movie this passive doesn’t deserve an audience.
I didn’t find anything enjoyable about “The Man From Toronto.” It’s a huge, unexciting misstep and a truly terrible buddy action comedy.
By: Louisa Moore