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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Dennis Quaid!

Jul. 21, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

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: Movie 43, Playing for Keeps, The Words, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Beneath the Darkness, Legion, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Horsemen, Vantage Point, American Dreamz, Yours, Mine & Ours, Flight of the Phoenix, The Day After Tomorrow, The Alamo, Cold Creek Manor, Switchback, Something to Talk About, Undercover Blues, Everybody's All-American, All Night Long

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, in the early 90s Dennis Quaid was battling an eating disorder and a cocaine addiction, and it's probably part of the reason why he ended up appearing in awful movies such as Undercover Blues and Something to Talk About. But lately it seems like Mr. Quaid agrees to just about any project that comes his way, and as a result has starred in more than a few absolutely terrible films. Besides the infamous Movie 43, Mr. Quaid has also appeared in cinematic turds like Playing for Keeps, The Words, and Legion.

However it's not like these are the only bad films featuring Mr. Quaid. The actor's filmography is littered with movies that have bombed with critics (Yours, Mine & Ours) and at the box office (The Alamo). It's very hard to get excited for an upcoming film starring Mr. Quaid since there's a very good chance it'll wind up being more like a Cold Creek Manor, and less like a Wyatt Earp or Frequency.

In addition, Mr. Quaid doesn't always put a lot of effort into his performances. I guess we can't blame him for not giving 110% in movies like American Dreamz, and sometimes he doesn't have a lot to work with, but too often it seems like Mr. Quaid is just coasting through a movie. Is Mr. Quaid bored with acting, or does he like being a less grumpy, poor man's Harrison Ford?

Mr. Quaid's inability to say no to a movie (and a paycheck) will only continue to hurt the actor's career, and the prosecution believes the only way to help Mr. Quaid is by locking him up for a while in Movie Jail.

The Defense: At Any Price, Footloose, Soul Surfer, The Special Relationship, Pandorum, The Express, Smart People, In Good Company, Far From Heaven, The Rookie, Frequency, Traffic, Any Given Sunday, Playing by Heart, The Parent Trap, Savior, Gang Related, Dragonheart, Wyatt Earp, Flesh and Bone, Postcards from the Edge, Come See the Paradise, Great Balls of Fire!, D.O.A., Suspect, Innerspace, Enemy Mine, The Big Easy, Dreamscape, The Right Stuff, Caveman, Breaking Away

Ladies and gentlemen, although my client has appeared in some dreadful films, there's something the jury should remember about Mr. Quaid. Although he's an established actor, it's not like Mr. Quaid is getting huge paychecks for most of his movies. He still needs to work to pay the bills, which means sometimes appearing in a bad film. Each year Mr. Quaid stars in at least two to three movies, and with so many projects, it's no surprise a few of them have been bombs. At least my client likes to work on different types of films, and doesn't just stick to one genre.

However, the prosecution's claim my client's performances have been lazy is absurd. Have they all been great? No, but Mr. Quaid is often very good, even when the movie itself hasn't been fantastic. Smart People features a great performance by my client, as well as the sci-fi flick Pandorum. And although the prosecution didn't care for Footloose or Soul Surfer, Mr. Quaid was quite good in both of those films as well. Mr. Quaid's portrayal of Bill Clinton in the television movie The Special Relationship is also another recent example of excellent acting from my client.

Mr. Quaid is a solid, if not spectacular actor, and although some of his most recent films haven't been winners, the defense still doesn't think he deserves to go to Movie Jail.

IN CLOSING...

Should we throw Mr. Quaid in jail for his crimes, or do you think he just needs to be a little more picky when looking for projects? Has Mr. Quaid been mailing his performances in lately, or do you believe he's still a decent actor? Is Dennis Quaid 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

The jury loves Chris Rock the comedian, but Chris Rock the actor and filmmaker? Eh, not so much. Mr. Rock was found GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, with most jury members saying they've been disappointed with his movie projects, especially his work with Adam Sandler in the Grown Ups movies. Maybe after spending some time behind bars and away from his SNL pal, Mr. Rock will start appearing in good movies, or at least films that are just as funny and smart as his stand-up.

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, Demi Moore, King Joffrey (Game of Thrones Special), David Spade, Spike Lee, Kevin James, Joel Schumacher, Ehren Kruger, Chris Rock

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, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon

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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4:02PM on 07/23/2014
GUILTY as hell how can you say otherwise? Like a friend said to me before....Once you know Dennis Quaid is in it you know its an immediate B movie if not worse, Truer words have never been spoken
GUILTY as hell how can you say otherwise? Like a friend said to me before....Once you know Dennis Quaid is in it you know its an immediate B movie if not worse, Truer words have never been spoken
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5:51AM on 07/22/2014
Yeah,,, so... He.... is... not guilty!
Yeah,,, so... He.... is... not guilty!
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5:18AM on 07/22/2014

Not guilty

so not guility
so not guility
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9:28PM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty. Yeah, it's been a while since he's had a great role he could sink his teeth into, but I never found him to be a bad actor.
Not guilty. Yeah, it's been a while since he's had a great role he could sink his teeth into, but I never found him to be a bad actor.
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7:51PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

I used to watch Innerspace a bunch of times as a youngster.
I used to watch Innerspace a bunch of times as a youngster.
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7:35PM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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6:37PM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty, the man is a legend.
Not guilty, the man is a legend.
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6:08PM on 07/21/2014
Not Guilty.Nuff said.

Three recommendations for future Movie Jail -Sam Neill ,Jackie Chan and Ethan Hawke.
Not Guilty.Nuff said.

Three recommendations for future Movie Jail -Sam Neill ,Jackie Chan and Ethan Hawke.
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5:26PM on 07/21/2014

He's awesome

Not guilty. I only think of him as Dennis "Fucking" Quaid.
Not guilty. I only think of him as Dennis "Fucking" Quaid.
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4:50PM on 07/21/2014

Not guilty

Quaid's done too much good work, and he had to put up with Meg Ryan for all those years.
Quaid's done too much good work, and he had to put up with Meg Ryan for all those years.
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4:50PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty.

I'm ok with his acting. Not guilty!
I'm ok with his acting. Not guilty!
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4:50PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty.

I'm ok with his acting. Not guilty!
I'm ok with his acting. Not guilty!
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3:32PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

Despite the fact that most movies hes appeared in over the past decade have been terrible, theres no doubt that hes been the best part of damn near all of them. If anything just a short-term sentence to get him back in some decent flicks.
Despite the fact that most movies hes appeared in over the past decade have been terrible, theres no doubt that hes been the best part of damn near all of them. If anything just a short-term sentence to get him back in some decent flicks.
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2:53PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

I just like Dennis Quaid, so I'm not going to vote against him. Do his movies suck more often than not? Sure. But., he's a great naturalist and when he does a great flick, it's awesome.
One could argue that Randy was the talented brother, but he did lose his mind. So, score one for Dennis.
I just like Dennis Quaid, so I'm not going to vote against him. Do his movies suck more often than not? Sure. But., he's a great naturalist and when he does a great flick, it's awesome.
One could argue that Randy was the talented brother, but he did lose his mind. So, score one for Dennis.
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2:09PM on 07/21/2014
He is just passable as an actor. His best work is doing the hidden camera stunts on Ellen .90% of his movies suck. Guilty, guilty, guilty!
He is just passable as an actor. His best work is doing the hidden camera stunts on Ellen .90% of his movies suck. Guilty, guilty, guilty!
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1:40PM on 07/21/2014

Guilty

His bad movies far outweigh his good ones. I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed a Dennis Quaid movie.

Incidentally, I do enjoy his brother Randy quite a bit.
His bad movies far outweigh his good ones. I can't even remember the last time I enjoyed a Dennis Quaid movie.

Incidentally, I do enjoy his brother Randy quite a bit.
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1:24PM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

I get a kick out of Quaid. Yes, the vast majority of his output in recent years has been utter crap, but I still enjoy seeing him pop up.
I get a kick out of Quaid. Yes, the vast majority of his output in recent years has been utter crap, but I still enjoy seeing him pop up.
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12:27PM on 07/21/2014

Not guilty

But goddamn, lay off the fillers already.
But goddamn, lay off the fillers already.
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12:09PM on 07/21/2014

Guilty

I feel like the dude plays the same character in every movie. Jail him.
I feel like the dude plays the same character in every movie. Jail him.
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11:57AM on 07/21/2014

I was torn but leaning towards...

... Guilty because his bad films aren't just bad. Sure, WYATT EARP, FAR FROM HEAVEN, FOOTLOOSE and THE WORDS are just passable. But JAWS 3D, YOURS MINE & OURS, G.I. JOE, PLAYING FOR KEEPS and MOVIE 43* are terrible. And WHAT TO EXPECT is literally one of the worst I've ever seen. But I liked THE PARENT TRAP, FREQUENCY and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. VANTAGE POINT is a guilty pleasure of mine.

From what I can remember, he was very over-the-top in GREAT BALLS OF FIRE but he had to be to play
... Guilty because his bad films aren't just bad. Sure, WYATT EARP, FAR FROM HEAVEN, FOOTLOOSE and THE WORDS are just passable. But JAWS 3D, YOURS MINE & OURS, G.I. JOE, PLAYING FOR KEEPS and MOVIE 43* are terrible. And WHAT TO EXPECT is literally one of the worst I've ever seen. But I liked THE PARENT TRAP, FREQUENCY and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. VANTAGE POINT is a guilty pleasure of mine.

From what I can remember, he was very over-the-top in GREAT BALLS OF FIRE but he had to be to play someone like Jerry Lee Lewis. Since I've never seen him give either an excellent nor an awful performance, I'd say he deserves Probation until he starts choosing better projects.

*Dennis felt miscast. His character seemed written for a much younger actor. Don't you agree?
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11:54AM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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11:16AM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

I've never hated his work (apart from Vantage Point but the blame wasn't on him) and feel like he just deserves better opportunities. Hes absolutely solid in the right roles.
I've never hated his work (apart from Vantage Point but the blame wasn't on him) and feel like he just deserves better opportunities. Hes absolutely solid in the right roles.
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10:32AM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

Im not event gonna read the case, I like Dennis Quaid
Im not event gonna read the case, I like Dennis Quaid
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10:27AM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty
Not guilty
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10:11AM on 07/21/2014

NOT GUILTY

The man gets a lifetime pass for The Big Easy alone
The man gets a lifetime pass for The Big Easy alone
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10:08AM on 07/21/2014

DENNIS QUAID IS HERE!

Not guilty. Charming, all-American, not the finest actor out there but certainly dependable. Glad Frequency is being shown some love - great father son story. Also, go check out the hidden camera pranks he gamely performed for the Ellen DeGeneres show. Good stuff.
Not guilty. Charming, all-American, not the finest actor out there but certainly dependable. Glad Frequency is being shown some love - great father son story. Also, go check out the hidden camera pranks he gamely performed for the Ellen DeGeneres show. Good stuff.
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10:05AM on 07/21/2014

Not Guilty

The Words, Any Given Sunday, Smart People, In Good Company, The Day After Tomorrow, The Alamo, and Vantage Point are solid films (with The Words being one of my favorite films of all time), so in no way do I find the man guilty.
The Words, Any Given Sunday, Smart People, In Good Company, The Day After Tomorrow, The Alamo, and Vantage Point are solid films (with The Words being one of my favorite films of all time), so in no way do I find the man guilty.
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10:01AM on 07/21/2014

Not guilty.

First, I liked The Alamo, and Switchback, although I have to admit he may not have been the most memorable part of either of those movies. Dennis Quaid is a good actor though. And he's made a lot of good movies. He never really had the kind of career I think he deserved. He's a working actor in the truest sense. He's not an actor who I feel can change the quality of a movie simply by being in it, but he can make a good movie batter.
First, I liked The Alamo, and Switchback, although I have to admit he may not have been the most memorable part of either of those movies. Dennis Quaid is a good actor though. And he's made a lot of good movies. He never really had the kind of career I think he deserved. He's a working actor in the truest sense. He's not an actor who I feel can change the quality of a movie simply by being in it, but he can make a good movie batter.
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9:48AM on 07/21/2014

Not guilty

Yeah, he has done some crap lately, but he's not guilty.. I love many of his films, specially Frequency and Wyatt Earp
Yeah, he has done some crap lately, but he's not guilty.. I love many of his films, specially Frequency and Wyatt Earp
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9:42AM on 07/21/2014

This Is A Tough Case...

but I've got to give Mr. Quaid the benefit of the doubt in this case.

Not guilty...for now.
but I've got to give Mr. Quaid the benefit of the doubt in this case.

Not guilty...for now.
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9:39AM on 07/21/2014

not guilty


he was in my favorite movie ever (any given sunday), many good movies (vantage point, pandorum) and some guilty pleasure (flicht of the phoenix, the day after tomorrow) ; I do not remember any bad movie he was in, and if I do, I will never remember me saying " Dennis Quiaid was bad in that movie "
I love the person he is, out of the star system and

he was in my favorite movie ever (any given sunday), many good movies (vantage point, pandorum) and some guilty pleasure (flicht of the phoenix, the day after tomorrow) ; I do not remember any bad movie he was in, and if I do, I will never remember me saying " Dennis Quiaid was bad in that movie "
I love the person he is, out of the star system and
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9:38AM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty. Rise of Cobra was waaaay better than the crappy generic sequel. Also I enjoyed Vantage Point, might be the closest we get to a 24 movie.
Not guilty. Rise of Cobra was waaaay better than the crappy generic sequel. Also I enjoyed Vantage Point, might be the closest we get to a 24 movie.
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9:27AM on 07/21/2014

Why didn't either party mention...

...Jaws 3-D? I guess that question answers itself. Quaid my not appear in the most stellar of films but I do enjoy his performance in most of them so I'll have to say not guilty on this one.
...Jaws 3-D? I guess that question answers itself. Quaid my not appear in the most stellar of films but I do enjoy his performance in most of them so I'll have to say not guilty on this one.
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9:34AM on 07/21/2014
I actually like Jaws 3 a lot.
I actually like Jaws 3 a lot.
9:26AM on 07/21/2014

anyone else....

hear about the 4 year old boy who was mauled to death by his 2 pitbulls in florida yesterday?
reminds me of my dog. she doesn't have cancer apparently, she just has some inflammation.
hear about the 4 year old boy who was mauled to death by his 2 pitbulls in florida yesterday?
reminds me of my dog. she doesn't have cancer apparently, she just has some inflammation.
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9:15AM on 07/21/2014

Unfortunately yes......

We want to say no because its Dennis Quaid but he has a crap ton of terrible movies and when you start to make 10 bad movies for every decent or ok movie.......guilty.
We want to say no because its Dennis Quaid but he has a crap ton of terrible movies and when you start to make 10 bad movies for every decent or ok movie.......guilty.
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9:14AM on 07/21/2014

not guilty

Every film Dennis Quaid is in I inevitably enjoy. He is a spectacular actor in my opinion and seems like a genuinely nice guy!
Every film Dennis Quaid is in I inevitably enjoy. He is a spectacular actor in my opinion and seems like a genuinely nice guy!
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7:38AM on 07/21/2014

eh

Maybe he should do a couple over nighters in the drunk tank, but other than that not guilty! Guy has charisma and is great when given the shot at a decent script. Some of his films in the case like Vantage Point, Day after tomorrow, and GI Joe are enjoyable flicks.
Maybe he should do a couple over nighters in the drunk tank, but other than that not guilty! Guy has charisma and is great when given the shot at a decent script. Some of his films in the case like Vantage Point, Day after tomorrow, and GI Joe are enjoyable flicks.
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7:36AM on 07/21/2014
not guilty.no matter what film he is in, he makes it better. Enemy Mine would have sucked without him. his bad films are never bad because of him.
not guilty.no matter what film he is in, he makes it better. Enemy Mine would have sucked without him. his bad films are never bad because of him.
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7:39AM on 07/21/2014
I agree. Flight of the Phoenix remake wasn't that good but Dennis Quaid made it watchable.
I agree. Flight of the Phoenix remake wasn't that good but Dennis Quaid made it watchable.
7:16AM on 07/21/2014
Not guilty. I know his movies, as of late, are not good but it's hard not to like Dennis Quaid. There's a movie called "Something To Talk About" starring him and Julia Roberts. The movie wasn't that good but Dennis Quaid made it watchable. So, not guilty for me.
Not guilty. I know his movies, as of late, are not good but it's hard not to like Dennis Quaid. There's a movie called "Something To Talk About" starring him and Julia Roberts. The movie wasn't that good but Dennis Quaid made it watchable. So, not guilty for me.
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7:11AM on 07/21/2014
I always like Dennis Quaid. So... not guilty!
I always like Dennis Quaid. So... not guilty!
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