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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Drew Barrymore!

04.21.2014

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: Going the Distance, He's Just Not That Into You, Everybody's Fine, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Lucky You, Fever Pitch, 50 First Dates, Duplex, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Riding in Cars with Boys, Home Fries, Best Men, Wishful Thinking, Mad Love, Bad Girls, Poison Ivy

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, some people absolutely adore Drew Barrymore, however the prosecution has never understood the love for the actress, and with her films as of late being pretty disappointing (as well as appearing in plenty of garbage earlier in her career), we believe Miss Barrymore needs to spend some time in Movie Jail.

The prosecution respects Miss Barrymore for overcoming her addictions and making the transition from child actress to adult actress, but we can't respect Miss Barrymore for almost always playing a slightly different version of herself in her films, or for starring in some dreadful movies during her career, mostly romantic comedies/dramas. Everyone remembers The Wedding Singer or Never Been Kissed, but the actress has also appeared in several critically planned movies involving romance, like Mad Love, Wishful Thinking, and Best Men.

Some may argue those films were when she was still trying to make a name for herself as an adult actress, but how about her more recent work in Going the Distance or He's Just Not That Into You? Fever Pitch and 50 First Dates may not be as bad as those other two films, however they also aren't fantastic either. What's really unfortunate though is most of her movies come from her production company Flower Films. One would think since she's one of the founders Miss Barrymore would be able to find solid projects to work on, but instead we get films like Duplex or the previously mentioned He's Just Not That Into You.

Miss Barrymore's next film is Blended, another rom-com with Adam Sandler, and the prosecution doesn't have high hopes for the movie at all. It looks awful, and even if it does end up being better than 50 First Dates or any of Sandler's most recent flicks, that's like saying getting one eye gouged out is better than having both of them forcibly removed. The prosecution doesn't want to lock Miss Barrymore up and throw away the key, but we do believe she needs to go to Movie Jail.

The Defense: Blue Miracle, Whip It, Grey Gardens, Music and Lyrics, Curious George, My Date with Drew, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Titan A.E., Skipped Parts, Never Been Kissed, The Wedding Singer, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Scream, Everyone Says I Love You, Boys on the Side, Guncrazy, Firestarter, Irreconcilable Differences, E.T., Altered States

Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Barrymore hasn't appeared in as many films recently compared to her work in the 1990s and early 2000s, but she's still a great actress, and the defense has enjoyed most of her movies. The prosecution argues Miss Barrymore's performances all feel similar, however the defense has never considered her to be a "serious" actress. Still talented, yes, but not on the same level as a Meryl Streep or Kate Winslet. And although she's appeared in a bunch of rom-coms, the defense doesn't think she's nearly as annoying or grating as other queens of the genre, like Kate Hudson or Sarah Jessica Parker. It's one of the reasons why the documentary My Date with Drew worked so well.

The prosecution also complains about her production company, which is complete bullshit. Flower Films helped bring Donnie Darko to the big screen, and Miss Barrymore played a big part, including having a role in the film. Flower films also produced Miss Barrymore's directorial debut Whip It, a very solid movie about roller derby, and the defense would love to see Miss Barrymore behind the camera again for another project.

But the defense feels the real reason why Miss Barrymore shouldn't go to Movie Jail is because of how she'll always be remembered for E.T. and her cameo in Scream, one of the most famous scenes from a horror movie ever. Her biggest contribution to film history is with those two movies, and my client should be rewarded for her work instead of being up for Movie Jail.

Maybe if Miss Barrymore didn't appear in those two films one would have an argument for sending her to Movie Jail, however the defense just doesn't think she belongs in prison.

IN CLOSING...

What should we do with Miss Barrymore? Do her good movies outweigh the bad, or do you think there's just too much crap on her filmography? Are you a big fan of the actress, or do you think she's really not that talented? Is Drew Barrymore 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 had an easy time deciding Andrew Niccol's fate in last week's trial. The writer/director has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Although most jury members said they hated THE HOST, Mr. Niccol survived the trial because of his script for THE TRUMAN SHOW, and for directing GATTACA and LORD OF WAR. Mr. Niccol is a talented filmmaker, but he should probably stay away from any future Stephenie Meyer adaptations.

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)

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

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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11:50AM on 04/22/2014

GUILTY

she has been guilty her entire career, what took so long for this article?
she has been guilty her entire career, what took so long for this article?
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9:33AM on 04/22/2014

Eh, guilty.

Drew Barrymore is an interesting case, I think. While she comes from a family of actors, she's not exactly known for her range as one. Not to say she hasn't given some memorable performances. Her biggest problem is she is so identified with a particular type of movie these days: that brand of romantic comedy that I can't really stand. To her credit, often enough she seems to be trying to make her movies seem smarter than they are, but that only works to a point.
Drew Barrymore is an interesting case, I think. While she comes from a family of actors, she's not exactly known for her range as one. Not to say she hasn't given some memorable performances. Her biggest problem is she is so identified with a particular type of movie these days: that brand of romantic comedy that I can't really stand. To her credit, often enough she seems to be trying to make her movies seem smarter than they are, but that only works to a point.
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1:54AM on 04/22/2014
Guilty
Guilty
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8:54PM on 04/21/2014

GUILTY

I'm clearly in the minority here, and that's okay, but for some reason Drew Barrymore is my least favorite actress. I don't know if it is here weak, bland performances in just about everything she does, her slight lisp, or just her in general that make we want to slap her across her smug little face every time I see her. This hatred is made all the more difficult due to my wife loving her. Anyone else have an actor/actress they just despise more than they rightfully should? Just curious.
I'm clearly in the minority here, and that's okay, but for some reason Drew Barrymore is my least favorite actress. I don't know if it is here weak, bland performances in just about everything she does, her slight lisp, or just her in general that make we want to slap her across her smug little face every time I see her. This hatred is made all the more difficult due to my wife loving her. Anyone else have an actor/actress they just despise more than they rightfully should? Just curious.
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8:50PM on 04/21/2014

Not guilty.

She's had her share of ups and downs but it's nothing compared to attention whores who just make crap all the time *cough* Tyler Perry. Wedding Singer, Confessions and the underrated Whip It are my faves.
She's had her share of ups and downs but it's nothing compared to attention whores who just make crap all the time *cough* Tyler Perry. Wedding Singer, Confessions and the underrated Whip It are my faves.
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8:04PM on 04/21/2014
Not guilty. She may have delivered some misses and her late career really hasn't been much to talk about, but she has always had a special place in Hollywood. The fact that she went down the bad girl isle and came back from it, where many startllettes have not, gives her enough credit to let her rest on her laurels. She was never anything terribly special, but she is a fine example of someone who can have some deviation and still come back to be a superstar. And her film contributions have
Not guilty. She may have delivered some misses and her late career really hasn't been much to talk about, but she has always had a special place in Hollywood. The fact that she went down the bad girl isle and came back from it, where many startllettes have not, gives her enough credit to let her rest on her laurels. She was never anything terribly special, but she is a fine example of someone who can have some deviation and still come back to be a superstar. And her film contributions have ranged all over the map, so it's not like she isn't without some great films. There's a lot for her to be proud of and she deserves credit for everything that has happened in her career.
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6:37PM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

Hasn't Josie Grossie suffered enough?
Hasn't Josie Grossie suffered enough?
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6:49PM on 04/21/2014
Yeah, what he said ^ :)
Yeah, what he said ^ :)
6:22PM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

Her films are very hit or miss with me, but there's enough good stuff there for me to say Not Guilty.
For next week, how about Steve Martin? He's done so many classics, but the last few years have been embarrassing. I think that would be an interesting debate.
Her films are very hit or miss with me, but there's enough good stuff there for me to say Not Guilty.
For next week, how about Steve Martin? He's done so many classics, but the last few years have been embarrassing. I think that would be an interesting debate.
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6:54PM on 04/21/2014
Oh boy I agree. I love so much of his work, but to even try to compete with Peter Sellers in a role he "became" is beyond me. Even Steve doesn't have that power. Love the guy, but...

Oh boy I agree. I love so much of his work, but to even try to compete with Peter Sellers in a role he "became" is beyond me. Even Steve doesn't have that power. Love the guy, but...

3:50PM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

No.....just.....no.
No.....just.....no.
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3:43PM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

Ever After was so good primarily because of Drew Barrymore. He biggest fault is she needs to make MORE movies not less.
Ever After was so good primarily because of Drew Barrymore. He biggest fault is she needs to make MORE movies not less.
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1:10PM on 04/21/2014

Why did you talk about...

... her "biggest contribution to film history". You're saying that like she was the best part of E.T. (she wasn't). And her cameo in SCREAM has more to do with the fact that she dies during the very 1st scene, so anyone could've played that role.

I think she did an OK job directing the decent WHIP IT, and I also respect her for fighting to make sure DONNIE DARKO would get filmed and released. But I didn't like EVER AFTER, FREDDY GOT FINGERED, DANGEROUS MIND, DUPLEX and BEVERLY HILLS
... her "biggest contribution to film history". You're saying that like she was the best part of E.T. (she wasn't). And her cameo in SCREAM has more to do with the fact that she dies during the very 1st scene, so anyone could've played that role.

I think she did an OK job directing the decent WHIP IT, and I also respect her for fighting to make sure DONNIE DARKO would get filmed and released. But I didn't like EVER AFTER, FREDDY GOT FINGERED, DANGEROUS MIND, DUPLEX and BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA. Nor GREY GARDENS, despite her good performance. I did like 50 FIRST DATES and HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, unlike most of you. I also liked MUSIC & LYRICS, but I felt that her chemistry with Hugh Grant was more of a friendship.

I think she's Guilty. Despite her good performances in WEDDING SINGER, NEVER BEEN KISSED and RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, you can tell that she doesn't have enough range. And somehow, she used to be one of the Leading Ladies. What happened with that, by the way?
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11:49PM on 04/21/2014
You don't know much about her Scream cameo. She was initially approached to be the leading lady Sidney Prescott, but chose to be Casey Becker, the first to be killed because she enjoyed that character more. Her performance there shows she has range as she can channel real pain thanks to Craven hitting her in her weak spot before each take.
You don't know much about her Scream cameo. She was initially approached to be the leading lady Sidney Prescott, but chose to be Casey Becker, the first to be killed because she enjoyed that character more. Her performance there shows she has range as she can channel real pain thanks to Craven hitting her in her weak spot before each take.
12:33PM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

She's made just as much shit as she's made gold. Still, she's one the very few childstars that successfully made the transition into adulthood. Gotta give her props for that.
She's made just as much shit as she's made gold. Still, she's one the very few childstars that successfully made the transition into adulthood. Gotta give her props for that.
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11:01AM on 04/21/2014

Not guilty

I'll always love Drew and most anything she's in. Her rom coms are about the only rom coms i like. Hers are fun and not nauseating. I enjoy her more recent stuff as much as the old. Music and Lyrics is a huge favorite of mine and I like Duplex. Grey Gardens is great (not all tastes though). Whip it is fantastic! Love that movie.

She's a mom now and pregnant again and she said she wants to be a better mom than her (terrible) mom was, so I can't fault her wanting to take some time.

I'll always love Drew and most anything she's in. Her rom coms are about the only rom coms i like. Hers are fun and not nauseating. I enjoy her more recent stuff as much as the old. Music and Lyrics is a huge favorite of mine and I like Duplex. Grey Gardens is great (not all tastes though). Whip it is fantastic! Love that movie.

She's a mom now and pregnant again and she said she wants to be a better mom than her (terrible) mom was, so I can't fault her wanting to take some time.

Remember the state of affairs this girl was in all throughout her teenage years. An alcoholic at 11, cocaine addict by 12 and in and out of rehab by 13. She wrote a "tell all" book at 14 that I read at the time, that she was clean and sober, and we come to find out a few years later she wasn't. However, she pulled herself out by 20 and was producing movies in just a few short years and has had a steady career since between producing, acting and now directing.
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10:31AM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

What about her cameo in Waynes World...
What about her cameo in Waynes World...
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10:10AM on 04/21/2014
Gertie! I'm not the biggest Drew Barrymore fan but being Gertie kind of gives her a free pass. Well kinda.
Gertie! I'm not the biggest Drew Barrymore fan but being Gertie kind of gives her a free pass. Well kinda.
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9:42AM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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9:21AM on 04/21/2014

Guilty

Yep.
Yep.
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9:20AM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty.

Not guilty on all charges.
Not guilty on all charges.
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9:16AM on 04/21/2014
NOT GUILTY, Gotta Love Drew
NOT GUILTY, Gotta Love Drew
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9:10AM on 04/21/2014

Not Guilty

Yeah she's had some stinkers over the years that were terrible but she more work in the positive than the negative. Her most memorable roles are exceptionally great. Even in her terrible films, she seems to be putting great effort and is usually the lone bright spot.
Yeah she's had some stinkers over the years that were terrible but she more work in the positive than the negative. Her most memorable roles are exceptionally great. Even in her terrible films, she seems to be putting great effort and is usually the lone bright spot.
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9:04AM on 04/21/2014
Not guilty. Like, at all.
Not guilty. Like, at all.
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9:01AM on 04/21/2014
Not guilty
Not guilty
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