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The Man From Toronto is a by the numbers buddy flick
Kevin Hart teams up with Woody Harrelson for his latest comedic romp in Netflix’s The Man From Toronto. Patrick Hughes directs the film with a script from Robbie Fox and Chris Brenner.
Teddy (Hart) is a failing salesman in New York who rents out an Airbnb, hoping to put the spark back in his marriage.
When he arrives, a series of events leads to Teddy being mistaken for someone named “The Man from Toronto. ” Teddy soon realizes that he’s gotten into something he shouldn’t have and must depend on the real Man from Toronto to stay alive.
Randy, the titular “Man from Toronto,” is portrayed by Woody Harrelson as a vicious killer who is meant to be at the Airbnb where Teddy ends up. He is a professional assassin on a new task, but Teddy causes it to be a failure. To achieve his job and also preserve his own life, Randy must now collaborate with him.
Patrick Hughes is no stranger to this genre, having previously helmed The Hitman’s Bodyguard and its sequel. Hughes’s direction follows the template established in the previously mentioned films. We get an introduction to the characters and wait for them to come together. Hart provides his usual Schick in the movie. That said, you either like his style of comedy, or you don’t.
On the other hand, Harrelson was surprising in his role and displayed credible action hero theatrics. Mostly, everyone else in the film is just portraying action film stereotypes. However, I will admit that it was nice to see Lela Loren of Power fame in a brief role.
While I doubt The Man From Toronto will gain Kevin Hart any new fans, it does continue to show the range of Woody Harrelson. I don’t foresee myself revisiting the film anytime soon, but it’s worth a look as a one-time watch.
Final Grade: C
The Man From Toronto is available to stream on Netflix tomorrow, June 24th
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