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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Demi Moore!

03.10.2014

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Very Good Girls, LOL, Bunraku, Happy Tears, Mr. Brooks, Bobby, Half Light, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Passion of Mind, Striptease, The Juror, The Scarlet Letter, Indecent Proposal, The Seventh Sign

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Demi Moore was without a doubt one of the most recognizable and popular actresses in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of her performances and films were well received during that time, however two films seriously damaged her career towards the end of the 90s, and the actress really hasn't been able to recover since. Talent doesn't just disappear though, so you'd think Miss Moore would still be able to find decent work. You'd be wrong.

But even before Miss Moore's hiatus from acting in 1997 there were signs her career was heading in the wrong direction. The Scarlet Letter, The Juror and Striptease were all box office bombs, and reviews were largely negative from critics. Miss Moore was also nominated for (and won) back-to-back Razzie awards. She returned to the big screen six years later, but it was in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. The film was destroyed by critics, and in the prosecution's opinion, Miss Moore's performance was off. It was like someone forgot to tell the actress it wasn't a serious movie, and the prosecution feels she had the same issue in Striptease, as well as Bunraku. Does Miss Moore not know when it's OK to ham it up a bit?

In the past 10 years Miss Moore's movies have mostly been forgettable (Bobby, Happy Tears) or just plain bad (Half Light, LOL). There are many who love Mr. Brooks, but Miss Moore didn't do much in the film, and the prosecution doesn't believe her turn is the reason why people enjoyed the thriller.

Miss Moore is also known for being kind of a diva (there's a reason why her nickname at one point was "Gimme Moore"), which some may argue is one of the reasons why she hasn't been offered many great roles as of late. But there are plenty of other actors and actresses who are famous for being prima donnas, yet they still manage to find great parts and movies. Is she not worth the headache anymore? And don't try to use the fact that she's older as an excuse. You don't see Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett appearing in garbage like LOL.

There was a time when Miss Moore was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but the prosecution believes it's time we sent her ass (regardless of how sexy it still is) to Movie Jail.

The Defense: Another Happy Day, Margin Call, The Joneses, Flawless, Deconstructing Harry, G.I. Jane, If These Walls Could Talk, Disclosure, A Few Good Men, Ghost, About Last Night, St. Elmo's Fire, No Small Affair, Blame It On Rio

Ladies and gentlemen, like most actors or actresses Miss Moore has had her ups and downs, however she's still very talented, and has done some excellent (if little seen) recent work. Just because she hasn't appeared in blockbusters or award winning films lately doesn't mean my client is any less of an actress.

Part of the problem with Miss Moore is she has occasionally appeared in smaller films recently with ensemble casts, and sometimes her performances have been overlooked. The prosecution lists Bobby as one of her failures, but the defense thought she was actually quite good in that film, and she was also excellent in Margin Call. Very few people saw Another Happy Day, The Joneses or Flawless, but all three feature great work from my client, and are solid films. She's been in a few stinkers, however the defense doesn't feel Miss Moore has appeared in as many awful films as other actresses who have been brought up on similar charges. There are very few paycheck films in my client's filmography, and she doesn't mail in her performances either.

Miss Moore's break from acting (or her negative reputation) probably didn't help her career, however she also set the bar incredibly high for herself with her movies from the 80s and 90s. Ghost features one of the most memorable movie scenes ever, and A Few Good Men was a huge film at the time. G.I. Jane received mixed reviews when it was released, but it still has a very strong performance from my client, and was obviously a very physically demanding role for Miss Moore.

Miss Moore might not get the parts like she use to during her heyday, but does that mean she should go to Movie Jail? The defense doesn't believe so, and is confident that the jury will agree.

IN CLOSING...

Does Miss Moore deserve Movie Jail? Do you think her recent films have been just as good as her older ones, or do you feel she's working on projects far below her talents? And why in the f*ck would she star in something like LOL with Miley Cyrus? Is Demi Moore GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

 

Last week's trial was close, but John Cusack has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Mr. Cusack is very lucky his two recent films The Frozen Ground and Grand Piano received decent reviews, because they pretty much saved him from being sent to Movie Jail. His older movies like High Fidelity and Say Anything... helped as well (of course) but without those two films, Lloyd Dobler would probably be sitting in a prison cell right now.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf, Renny Harlin, Diane Keaton, McG

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Special), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
Source: JoBlo.com

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6:24PM on 01/12/2015

Guilty

She's been guilty for a couple decades.
She's been guilty for a couple decades.
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11:41PM on 03/10/2014

Guilty

She is Gulity .....Here is a woman who could easily have had one of the best actresses career's but she threw it away and didnt realize she might be turning her own career. Can she turn it around? ooh sure almost anytime. Yet Movie Jail would serve her well...not for years but a few months with probation first.
She is Gulity .....Here is a woman who could easily have had one of the best actresses career's but she threw it away and didnt realize she might be turning her own career. Can she turn it around? ooh sure almost anytime. Yet Movie Jail would serve her well...not for years but a few months with probation first.
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8:49PM on 03/10/2014

Guilty, she's done.

However Striptease should have been part of the defense, unleashing the twins on the world can never be a negative thing!
However Striptease should have been part of the defense, unleashing the twins on the world can never be a negative thing!
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6:48PM on 03/10/2014

Guilty!

put Chris Columbus on the stand next!
put Chris Columbus on the stand next!
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9:33PM on 03/10/2014
I second that.
I second that.
4:35PM on 03/10/2014

guilty

The only reason I was going to say "not guilty" is because of her extreme hotness in Charlie's Angels... but yes, too many horrible movies and acting to say that.
The only reason I was going to say "not guilty" is because of her extreme hotness in Charlie's Angels... but yes, too many horrible movies and acting to say that.
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2:55PM on 03/10/2014

Guilty

Though the jury recommends a minimum security facility thanks to "A Few Good Men".
Though the jury recommends a minimum security facility thanks to "A Few Good Men".
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2:52PM on 03/10/2014
GUILTY!
She was replaceable in Ghost, the WORST part of A Few Good Men, and awful in G.I. Jane. I don't know how she got famous in the first place.
GUILTY!
She was replaceable in Ghost, the WORST part of A Few Good Men, and awful in G.I. Jane. I don't know how she got famous in the first place.
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2:14PM on 03/10/2014

If the statute of limitations isn't up...then guilty

I think this one's an interesting case 'cause no doubt there was a time I would have called for her to be tried (like, right after Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle). The only movie from the oughts I've actually SEEN her in was Flawless, which was actually pretty good. Now, I still think Demi Moore is the female equivalent of Sylvester Stallone when it comes to comedy. I also feel like, if you discount her work during the '90s, she's about as well-known in movies as Carrie-Anne Moss. If she's
I think this one's an interesting case 'cause no doubt there was a time I would have called for her to be tried (like, right after Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle). The only movie from the oughts I've actually SEEN her in was Flawless, which was actually pretty good. Now, I still think Demi Moore is the female equivalent of Sylvester Stallone when it comes to comedy. I also feel like, if you discount her work during the '90s, she's about as well-known in movies as Carrie-Anne Moss. If she's guilty, it's because whatever crimes she committed during her heyday went unpunished until now.
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2:11PM on 03/10/2014

Would my vote count if I say that...

... I haven't seen any of the 9 films for which she won/was nominated for the Razzies? I did see "CHARLIE"'S ANGELS 2 when it came but I don't remember whether I liked it or not. Anyway, I think she's Guilty based on what I do remember. The only good performance I've seen from her was in the overrated GHOST. I've also seen her in A FEW GOOD MEN (excellent), DECONSTRUCTING "HARRY" (awful), BOBBY (bad) and MARGIN CALL (decent). Her performances in those movies were unmemorable. And it doesn't
... I haven't seen any of the 9 films for which she won/was nominated for the Razzies? I did see "CHARLIE"'S ANGELS 2 when it came but I don't remember whether I liked it or not. Anyway, I think she's Guilty based on what I do remember. The only good performance I've seen from her was in the overrated GHOST. I've also seen her in A FEW GOOD MEN (excellent), DECONSTRUCTING "HARRY" (awful), BOBBY (bad) and MARGIN CALL (decent). Her performances in those movies were unmemorable. And it doesn't matter whether they were ensemble pieces or not, because plenty of her co-stars did stand out.

That wouldn't be enough to make my case. Luckily, that's not all I've got. She was one of the worst parts in WE'RE NO ANGELS (passable) and MR. "BROOKS" (how on Earth did this crap became such a cult hit?!). I can't say on the HUNCHBACK movies nor "BEAVIS" & "BUTT-HEAD" DO AMERICA.

Next week: Dennis Dugan, Robert Luketic, Andrew Niccol, Ridley Scott, David Spade, or, Sigourney Weaver. Or how about Amy Smart, to coincide with the release of SINGLE MOMS CLUB?
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1:59PM on 03/10/2014

And don't try to use the fact that she's older as an excuse. You don't see Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett appearing in garbage like LOL.

Sorry, what? Do you know how many good roles there are for an actress over 50? Swinton and Blanchett (who's not 50 yet!) don't appear in LOL because better parts are offered to them. Moore no longer has that luxury.

The movies Moore made in the late 90s' were those of an actress who deserved to go to Movie Jail. The movie Moore made recently are those of an actress who already is in it. The prosecution is out of line!
Sorry, what? Do you know how many good roles there are for an actress over 50? Swinton and Blanchett (who's not 50 yet!) don't appear in LOL because better parts are offered to them. Moore no longer has that luxury.

The movies Moore made in the late 90s' were those of an actress who deserved to go to Movie Jail. The movie Moore made recently are those of an actress who already is in it. The prosecution is out of line!
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1:58PM on 03/10/2014
GUILTY she's most famous for having been married to Ashton Kutcher.
GUILTY she's most famous for having been married to Ashton Kutcher.
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10:37AM on 03/10/2014

Not guilty

Not guilty. She might not be the best actress of her generation but she had some good roles in solid films still she's quite out of the radar these days. She was also one of the hottest girls on screen back in the 90s and I think The Seventh Sign and Indecent Proposal should be in the defense list, not prosecution.
Not guilty. She might not be the best actress of her generation but she had some good roles in solid films still she's quite out of the radar these days. She was also one of the hottest girls on screen back in the 90s and I think The Seventh Sign and Indecent Proposal should be in the defense list, not prosecution.
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10:18AM on 03/10/2014
I thought she was already in Movie Jail. She hasn't done anything in a while has she? I can't remember the last film she was in. Maybe it is time for her to get OUT of movie jail and make a new film?
for the record I don't think she is a bad actress. Look, Ghost, A Few Good Men, GI Jane, they are all excellent movies, cinematic history and Demi's performances were more than memorable. So I am not sure she deserves Movie jail on her talents. Perhaps she just needs a good script?
I thought she was already in Movie Jail. She hasn't done anything in a while has she? I can't remember the last film she was in. Maybe it is time for her to get OUT of movie jail and make a new film?
for the record I don't think she is a bad actress. Look, Ghost, A Few Good Men, GI Jane, they are all excellent movies, cinematic history and Demi's performances were more than memorable. So I am not sure she deserves Movie jail on her talents. Perhaps she just needs a good script?
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10:12AM on 03/10/2014

Not Guilty

Not guilty.

And I thought Mr. Brooks was one of her better films that's she's been in.
Not guilty.

And I thought Mr. Brooks was one of her better films that's she's been in.
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9:18AM on 03/10/2014

Guilty as Hell

Demi Moore's name above a title is, and has been for a while, reason enough for me to put it on my "avoid" list. And with damn good reason, since they were all crap. Lock her up and throw away the key.
Demi Moore's name above a title is, and has been for a while, reason enough for me to put it on my "avoid" list. And with damn good reason, since they were all crap. Lock her up and throw away the key.
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8:20AM on 03/10/2014
Not guilty. At least not as guilty as ex-husband Bruce Willis, who seems far more content with phoning it in than Demi does.
Not guilty. At least not as guilty as ex-husband Bruce Willis, who seems far more content with phoning it in than Demi does.
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2:54PM on 03/10/2014
Maybe he's that way now, but he's given wonderful AND iconic performances. What has Demi done... well, ever? I'm not being sarcastic. I would really like to know.
Maybe he's that way now, but he's given wonderful AND iconic performances. What has Demi done... well, ever? I'm not being sarcastic. I would really like to know.
4:25PM on 03/10/2014
Demi at least tries to be good. Wonderful and iconic performances from the past don't give one the right to phone it in. Specially that many times.
Demi at least tries to be good. Wonderful and iconic performances from the past don't give one the right to phone it in. Specially that many times.
2:45AM on 03/11/2014
I agree with you, Vits. But Demi has NEVER been good. I'd rather give someone that's been great a pass before I give a pass to someone that's never earned one. De Niro, Stallone, Willis, have given really great performances and just sluffed off their work but what made them great is still there inside them (it's acting not sports). Sometimes they choose to dig deep and it's great but Demi has nothing to dig deep for and will never get better than she's been. It does REALLY suck that Willis has
I agree with you, Vits. But Demi has NEVER been good. I'd rather give someone that's been great a pass before I give a pass to someone that's never earned one. De Niro, Stallone, Willis, have given really great performances and just sluffed off their work but what made them great is still there inside them (it's acting not sports). Sometimes they choose to dig deep and it's great but Demi has nothing to dig deep for and will never get better than she's been. It does REALLY suck that Willis has done such shit work but he's done some good work that gets overlooked too like in Moonrise Kingdom. He still was put in Movie Jail and I agreed with that and I hope he makes a comeback. Demi? Not so much!
8:04AM on 03/10/2014

Not Guilty But...


as Carrie Anne Moss, it's not relevant. Her star power is so low now, she is not an A-List actress anymore for almost 20 years ! Is there any big movie where she is top billed in the 2000's and 2010's ? Now, she gets big roles in small movies and supporting roles in not so great movies.... She's a decent actress, that's why I would say not guilty, but as many actors and actresses who where big in the late 80's and the biggenning of the 90's, she hasn't known how to manage her career, how to

as Carrie Anne Moss, it's not relevant. Her star power is so low now, she is not an A-List actress anymore for almost 20 years ! Is there any big movie where she is top billed in the 2000's and 2010's ? Now, she gets big roles in small movies and supporting roles in not so great movies.... She's a decent actress, that's why I would say not guilty, but as many actors and actresses who where big in the late 80's and the biggenning of the 90's, she hasn't known how to manage her career, how to choose her movies against the new generation....
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7:59AM on 03/10/2014
Not guilty. Indecent Proposal is bad? No. That movie is provocative and ask audiences a very important question. Demi Moore is in the same case as John Cusack - they both need good scripts. Half Light is quite good for rainy Sunday afternoon but she was brilliant in Margin Call.
Not guilty. Indecent Proposal is bad? No. That movie is provocative and ask audiences a very important question. Demi Moore is in the same case as John Cusack - they both need good scripts. Half Light is quite good for rainy Sunday afternoon but she was brilliant in Margin Call.
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7:49AM on 03/10/2014

Not Guilty

Honestly, it's not like she's flooding the multiplexes with shit like Adam Sandler or Tyler Perry. I don't even remember seeing her in anything since Mr. Brooks. I think she's earned some amnesty from her the good old days. And come on, did any of us watch Striptease for her acting chops?
Honestly, it's not like she's flooding the multiplexes with shit like Adam Sandler or Tyler Perry. I don't even remember seeing her in anything since Mr. Brooks. I think she's earned some amnesty from her the good old days. And come on, did any of us watch Striptease for her acting chops?
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7:37AM on 03/10/2014

Not guilty...

She can be a solid actress when she needs to be. Also she was great in Striptease and Indecent Proposal in my opinion.
She can be a solid actress when she needs to be. Also she was great in Striptease and Indecent Proposal in my opinion.
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7:33AM on 03/10/2014

Probation

I think she has the potential to be a really good actress when in the hands of the right director. Unfortunately she hasn't really stood out in anything for me since Ghost, I think she should be on probation. I really like her early work.
I think she has the potential to be a really good actress when in the hands of the right director. Unfortunately she hasn't really stood out in anything for me since Ghost, I think she should be on probation. I really like her early work.
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