Zac Efron and John Cena Highlight First “Ricky Stanicky” Trailer

John Cena is a best friend for hire in Prime Video's raunchy comedy Ricky Stanicky.

Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film follows Dean (Zac Efron) and his two lifelong friends who invent an imaginary pal named Ricky Stanicky as a go-to alibi for their immature, childish antics. But when their families demand to meet this supposed "friend" in the flesh, they are forced to hire a struggling actor to fill the illusive shoes.

Enter "Rock Hard" Rod (Cena).

The film's just-released trailer gives us a small taste of the high-energy excitement of the hard R-rated comedy, marking Farrelly's much-anticipated return to his genre roots.

His last two films, The Greatest Beer Run Ever and the Oscar-winning Green Book, didn't center around the laughs. But Farrelly is responsible for such classics as There's Something About MaryDumb and DumberMe, Myself & Irene, and Kingpin.

Ricky Stanicky, in all its blaze and glory, appears to fully accept its raunchy descriptor, especially as the trio of friends introduces their fourth wheel. As Rod, fully committed to the role, embraces the numerous perks of the job, he begins to impede on his employers, over-indexing himself into their lives. Now they must reel in his presence without blowing their decades-long cover.

Ricky Stanicky has undergone a long development. Originally featured on the Black List in 2010, the project has had numerous stars attached, including a version with James Franco and Jim Carrey.

Neither Efron nor Cena are strangers to the R-rated comedy space. Efron previously starred in NeighborsBaywatch, and Dirty Grandpa, while Cena excelled in Trainwreck and Blockers. It will be interesting to see how the two pair up.

Check out the trailer below and prepare for Ricky Stanicky to hit Prime Video on March 7.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.