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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Garry Marshall!

03.09.2015

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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

Garry Marshall

The Case

The Prosecution: New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Georgia Rule, Raising Helen, Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The Princess Diaries, The Other Sister, Exit to Eden, Dear God, Beaches

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Garry Marshall is known for mostly directing romantic-comedies and chick flicks, and nearly all of them have received abysmal reviews from critics. Mr. Marshall is responsible for the recent ensemble films New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, as well as plenty of other negatively reviewed movies like Georgia Rule, The Other Sister and Exit to Eden.

Mr. Marshall made his directorial debut with 1984's The Flamingo Kid, which is also his highest reviewed movie. Think about that for a second: the director has been a part of Hollywood for over 30 years now, however his "best" film is still his first one. The only reason Mr. Marshall continues to find work is because many of his movies have done well at the box office, despite less than stellar reviews. And it's not as if Mr. Marshall has been working with unproven or limited actors either.

You could argue that a few of his movies belong on the defense's side, but in the prosecution's opinion Mr. Marshall bad films definitely outweigh his good ones. The prosecution doesn't have a problem with rom-coms, but we do have an issue with awful films (regardless of the genre), and that's exactly what the Pretty Woman director has been pumping out for the past two-plus decades.

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The Defense: Runaway Bride, Frankie and Johnny, Pretty Woman, Overboard, Nothing in Common, The Flamingo Kid, Young Doctors in Love

Ladies and gentlemen, yes, Mr. Marshall has "pumped out" a few turds during his career, however the defense doesn't think the director belongs in prison. My client has for the most part stuck with female-driven movies, and although the prosecution claims he isn't being considered Movie Jail because of his rom-com work, the defense does wonder if Mr. Marshall would still be facing jail time if he was an action or horror movie director.

Critics usually don't have great things to say about Mr. Marshall's films (especially his recent ones), but there are a lot of people who enjoy his movies. For example, Georgia Rule and Raising Helen are under 25% at Rotten Tomatoes, however the audience scores for both films are over 50%.

Mr. Marshall also helped launch both Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks' careers with Pretty Woman and Nothing in Common (respectively), and he created/co-created several hit television series, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Mork & Mindy.

The defense understand why the prosecution is going after Mr. Marshall, but the defense just doesn't think he deserves to go to Movie Jail.

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IN CLOSING...

What should we do with the New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day director? Should we have locked Mr. Marshall up a long time ago, or do you think he still has a good movie left in him? Is filmmaker Garry Marshall GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*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. Anyway, 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?

Garry Marshall

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

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Superman Returns star Kate Bosworth was found GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial. Miss Bosworth has had a few decent turns, but most of the jury said they don't think she's a particularly good actress, and they haven't been that impressed with many of her movies either. Sorry Blue Crush fans.

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, Mark Steven Johnson, Mickey Rourke, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, Josh Duhamel, Saw Franchise (Halloween Edition), Zach Braff, Sam Worthington, Melissa McCarthy, The Wachowski Siblings, Kate Bosworth

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 Edition), 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, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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9:39AM on 03/10/2015

guilty?

I can honestly say I've only seen Pretty Woman.
Still, it's an open and shut case...
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I can honestly say I've only seen Pretty Woman.
Still, it's an open and shut case...
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1:34AM on 03/10/2015

hung jury

I know this column is suppossed to be in good fun, but Garry Marshall?? Really? Maybe this column has finally ran it's course.
I know this column is suppossed to be in good fun, but Garry Marshall?? Really? Maybe this column has finally ran it's course.
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10:07PM on 03/09/2015
Guilty
Guilty
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5:45PM on 03/09/2015

Hung Jury

I have thought and thought and decided he is "not Guilty". Small not and large Guilty.
I have thought and thought and decided he is "not Guilty". Small not and large Guilty.
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5:27PM on 03/09/2015

Guilty

While he has made a few decent films, 95% of his movies are bad to awful. As a director, he has no flair or style, so when he gets his hands on a bad script (or bland actors, or "New Year's Eve" 's case, both) the flaws are far more prominent due to his lack of flourish. On top of that, his films of late fill lazy and uninspired- "Valentine's Day" was a hit so he ripped off his own movie for "New Year's Eve", etc. Rom-coms can be good to great (I really love "27 Dresses"), but most of his work
While he has made a few decent films, 95% of his movies are bad to awful. As a director, he has no flair or style, so when he gets his hands on a bad script (or bland actors, or "New Year's Eve" 's case, both) the flaws are far more prominent due to his lack of flourish. On top of that, his films of late fill lazy and uninspired- "Valentine's Day" was a hit so he ripped off his own movie for "New Year's Eve", etc. Rom-coms can be good to great (I really love "27 Dresses"), but most of his work has been the kind of romantic comedy that people who don't like romantic comedies cite as to why they don't like them. Lock him up for life, and throw away the key!
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4:56PM on 03/09/2015
Please call me Garry
Please call me Garry
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1:27PM on 03/09/2015

Not Guilty

Not the greatest filmography, but love this guy, refuse to lock him up
Not the greatest filmography, but love this guy, refuse to lock him up
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1:22PM on 03/09/2015

Guilty

While I totally think there is a place in cinema for romantic comedies, and Marshall has delivered on a few of them, I feel that he has totally lost his fastball. None of his work in the last decade has impressed at the box office nor with the critics. If you can't get raving reviews from movie critics over rom coms, you're just not making a good enough product. Critics slam all action films and horror films because of the genre (by and large) and usually are pretty positive about Rom Coms.
While I totally think there is a place in cinema for romantic comedies, and Marshall has delivered on a few of them, I feel that he has totally lost his fastball. None of his work in the last decade has impressed at the box office nor with the critics. If you can't get raving reviews from movie critics over rom coms, you're just not making a good enough product. Critics slam all action films and horror films because of the genre (by and large) and usually are pretty positive about Rom Coms. The problem is Garry Marshall never leaves his wheelhouse and try another genre so he became stale. His story telling is unimaginative and he hasn't made a film that elevates a star (except for Pretty Woman). Movie Jail for him. Or retirement. No shame in that.
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10:55AM on 03/09/2015

Finally, long long long overdue justice!

I always liked seeing Garry in films, but his recent films are awful, we're talking film abortion! His early stuff was good at times, but his recent films suck so so so so f**king bad. I've been saying it for years, send him to movie jail for the rest of his short life.
I always liked seeing Garry in films, but his recent films are awful, we're talking film abortion! His early stuff was good at times, but his recent films suck so so so so f**king bad. I've been saying it for years, send him to movie jail for the rest of his short life.
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10:12AM on 03/09/2015

Guilty.

While I liked him in A League of Their Own, and think he's a decent actor, very few of his directorial movies would I be willing to rally to the defense of. And most of them are on the defense already. I like his sister fine, but of all the rom-com names to make it big in the '80s (Rob Reiner, James L. Brooks, Penny, etc.) he's probably my least favorite. A man whose best is still just okay.
While I liked him in A League of Their Own, and think he's a decent actor, very few of his directorial movies would I be willing to rally to the defense of. And most of them are on the defense already. I like his sister fine, but of all the rom-com names to make it big in the '80s (Rob Reiner, James L. Brooks, Penny, etc.) he's probably my least favorite. A man whose best is still just okay.
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10:10AM on 03/09/2015

Not one to judge...

I think all his movies are shit but I kinda hate the genre in general.
I think all his movies are shit but I kinda hate the genre in general.
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9:58AM on 03/09/2015

Guilty

Garry Marshall has always been a terrible director. Even Pretty Woman is a pretty bad movie and he has been coasting on that shit for decades now. Lock him up.
Garry Marshall has always been a terrible director. Even Pretty Woman is a pretty bad movie and he has been coasting on that shit for decades now. Lock him up.
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8:55AM on 03/09/2015

Guilty

Even though he did some amazing TV work, doesn't make him any less guilty.
Even though he did some amazing TV work, doesn't make him any less guilty.
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8:54AM on 03/09/2015
Not guilty. His films are either hit or miss, though lately there's been lots of miss.
Not guilty. His films are either hit or miss, though lately there's been lots of miss.
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8:17AM on 03/09/2015

I dismiss as juror

I am not competent to judge a case about a guy who make movies I do not care about : chick-flicks and rom-coms.... My kind of movies are : well, almost everything except those kind of movies.
I am not dispraising his work, cause every genre has its audience, just not my type of films
But always curious to see what people say
I am not competent to judge a case about a guy who make movies I do not care about : chick-flicks and rom-coms.... My kind of movies are : well, almost everything except those kind of movies.
I am not dispraising his work, cause every genre has its audience, just not my type of films
But always curious to see what people say
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8:12AM on 03/09/2015

Guilty

Don't like his movies. They're mostly unrealistic "pink" love stories with glitter all over them. Plus, he's responsible for launching Julia Roberts. That in itself is a serious offense.
Don't like his movies. They're mostly unrealistic "pink" love stories with glitter all over them. Plus, he's responsible for launching Julia Roberts. That in itself is a serious offense.
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7:15AM on 03/09/2015

Career average: 4.8/10.

If you had asked me 6 years ago, I probably would've said Not Guilty. Despite being a big name, he was a director for hire. His movies were serviceable at best and forgettable at worst, and it all depended on the acting and writing. I think PRINCESS DIARIES was good; PRINCESS DIARIES 2 is a guilty pleasure (funny but full of mistakes); THE OTHER SISTER was misguided but well-intentioned. However, then came VALENTINE'S DAY. Overall, I thought it was merely average, but I hate how it boosted the
If you had asked me 6 years ago, I probably would've said Not Guilty. Despite being a big name, he was a director for hire. His movies were serviceable at best and forgettable at worst, and it all depended on the acting and writing. I think PRINCESS DIARIES was good; PRINCESS DIARIES 2 is a guilty pleasure (funny but full of mistakes); THE OTHER SISTER was misguided but well-intentioned. However, then came VALENTINE'S DAY. Overall, I thought it was merely average, but I hate how it boosted the trend of reuniting stars and using plots as excuses for that. NEW YEAR'S EVE wad terrible. These 2 movies highlighted the fact that he's only a director on a technicality. I mean, does he do anything besides yelling "Action!" and "Cut!"? If he does, it's not shown on the screen. He's Guilty.
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