John Cena Plays Zac Efron’s Fake Friend in “Ricky Stanicky” Trailer

John Cena and Zac Efron in “Ricky Stanicky”
John Cena and Zac Efron in “Ricky Stanicky”

If buddy comedies happen to be your favorite genre, Ricky Stanicky is one of the new films that you shouldn’t miss this winter. Amazon dropped the first trailer for this hilarious comedy, which sees three BFFs invent a fake friend to get them out of trouble.

Ricky Stanicky centers on Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, and Jermaine Fowler), three best friends who made up an imaginary friend Ricky Stanicky after a childhood prank gone wrong… and still use him as an alibi for their immature behavior two decades later.

Things get tricky when their partners get suspicious, asking to meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky. Instead of admitting he doesn’t exist, the trio hires a washed-up actor “Rock Hard” Rod (John Cena) to bring Ricky Stanicky to life, but they start wishing they’ve never made him up in the first place after Rod takes the role too seriously.

Ricky Stanicky will also star William H. Macy, Lex Scott Davis, and Anja Savcic. Green Book’s Peter Farrelly directed and co-wrote this buddy comedy, drawing inspiration from Jeff Bushell’s original script, which landed on the Black List in 2010.

Ricky Stanicky will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 7.