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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Gwyneth Paltrow!

Aug. 4, 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: Thanks for Sharing, Country Strong, The Good Night, Running With Scissors, Sylvia, View from the Top, Bounce, Duets, A Perfect Murder, Hush, The Pallbearer, Moonlight and Valentino, Jefferson in Paris

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you can probably tell from past trials the prosecution has high expectations for those who win Oscars, and since winning one for Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow's career hasn't exactly taken off like many thought it would. In fact, since winning the Best Actress Oscar, Miss Paltrow has appeared in several questionable or straight up bad films. Yeah, we're looking at you View from the Top and Country Strong.

Besides starring in mostly mediocre projects post-Shakespeare in Love, Miss Paltrow has also lately only had small roles in films, or has been cast as part of an ensemble cast. That's fine when it's a movie like Contagion, but Running With Scissors and The Good Night? Eh, not so much. Fanboys will likely argue she was fine as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man flicks, but it's still Robert Downey Jr.'s show, and almost any other actress could have been cast in the role with the same results.

It's frustrating because Miss Paltrow is a solid actress with decent range, but she often just doesn't pick good projects to work on. Although she has taken time off in the past so she can focus on raising her kids, there are plenty of other actors and actresses with children who still manage to find great roles in fantastic films, and it's not like that's the only reason why she's been appearing in movies like Thanks for Sharing.

The prosecution isn't looking to throw the book at Miss Paltrow, however we do believe she needs to spend a couple of months in Movie Jail.

The Defense: Iron Man movies, Contagion, Two Lovers, Proof, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Possession, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal, The Anniversary Party, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Shakespeare in Love, Great Expectations, Sliding Doors, Hard Eight, Seven, Flesh and Bone

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution's argument about my client's roles as of late is asinine. Miss Paltrow doesn't always appear in the best films, but sending her to prison seems a bit harsh. It's not like she's been mailing in her performances, or only appearing in rom-coms like a few of the other actresses who have been up for Movie Jail.

The prosecution forgets Miss Paltrow was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 2005 for Proof, and the defense believes all it would take is one great role to remind people she is still an outstanding actress. Miss Paltrow may not star in films that do the best job of showcasing her talents, but she's not a bad actress.

Miss Paltrow might not appear in that many films anymore because she wants to spend time with her children, however she's also been very busy with other projects unrelated to movies, like her online newsletter Goop. At least she's trying new things instead of taking whatever role comes her way just to pay the bills. Miss Paltrow is an actress, but she's also much more than that as well.

Maybe some people are disappointed with Miss Paltrow's most recent movies, but not the defense. We believe she's doing what she wants to do, which means not appearing in 3 to 4 movies every year. Perhaps if she is only going to star in a film every now and then she should be a little more careful when picking projects to work on, but the defense doesn't think she's done anything to deserve Movie Jail.

IN CLOSING...

Do you think Miss Paltrow should be locked up in Movie Jail, or is the prosecution just nitpicking the actress' most recent movies and roles? Should we expect more from her because of her Oscar win, or do you believe she's done great work since winning the award? Is Gwyneth Paltrow 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

Although it's been a long time since Rob Reiner directed a truly great movie, he was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial because of his tremendous older films. Most jury members understood why he was being considered for Movie Jail, but since he has directed so many classic movies, they said he definitely deserves a free pass for his less than stellar recent films.

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, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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8:39AM on 08/05/2014

Not Guilty

She's not an actress I would avoid watching a movie just because she was in it, but in fairness I've not seen any of the Prosecution's movies. Maybe if I watched more bad films I'd dislike her more. Makes me want to rewatch Sky Captain, though, because I remember it not being so great. Time for a re-evaluation.
She's not an actress I would avoid watching a movie just because she was in it, but in fairness I've not seen any of the Prosecution's movies. Maybe if I watched more bad films I'd dislike her more. Makes me want to rewatch Sky Captain, though, because I remember it not being so great. Time for a re-evaluation.
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1:44AM on 08/05/2014
Not guilty. Sky Captain is one of the most underrated films I can think of and her chemistry with Jude Law is what made it great.
Not guilty. Sky Captain is one of the most underrated films I can think of and her chemistry with Jude Law is what made it great.
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1:38AM on 08/05/2014
Movie Jail? I really like her as Potts, fits Downey Jr. really well. I don't follow her outside of her movies so I don't know anything about that. But did you see her in Great Expectations? Man, she was hot in that.
Movie Jail? I really like her as Potts, fits Downey Jr. really well. I don't follow her outside of her movies so I don't know anything about that. But did you see her in Great Expectations? Man, she was hot in that.
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11:12PM on 08/04/2014

Guilty

She's so ungrateful and if it wasn't for Miramax, she'd be nobody .
She's so ungrateful and if it wasn't for Miramax, she'd be nobody .
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11:07PM on 08/04/2014

Not Guilty

Nope
Nope
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9:13PM on 08/04/2014

Guilty

She is insufferable.
She is insufferable.
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9:03PM on 08/04/2014
I am shocked that I'm in a minority thinking she's not guilty. Her career defies odds, she is one of the top actresses in Hollywood today, has an impressive film resume, has worked with a lot of talented people and somehow has maintained being rellivent way longer than most actresses that break out at the age she did.
I am shocked that I'm in a minority thinking she's not guilty. Her career defies odds, she is one of the top actresses in Hollywood today, has an impressive film resume, has worked with a lot of talented people and somehow has maintained being rellivent way longer than most actresses that break out at the age she did.
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7:50PM on 08/04/2014

Hope she stays in England

She Sucks..guilty
She Sucks..guilty
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2:27PM on 08/04/2014
Yeah this column was pretty much invented for her...GUILTY AS HELL
Yeah this column was pretty much invented for her...GUILTY AS HELL
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2:18PM on 08/04/2014

I don't think we should consider SE7EN as...

... Defense nor Prosecution. Her character wasn't a character, but a plot point disguised as a character. Anyway, I think she's Not Guilty.

She has been in a lot of bad movies, like SLIDING DOOS, VIEW FROM THE TOP and COUNTRY STRONG*. And POSSESSION is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. But she's never given a bad performance. She even makes some of those movies watchable. And she was also good in good movies: SHAKESPEARE (she didn't deserve to win the Oscar but that doesn't mean she
... Defense nor Prosecution. Her character wasn't a character, but a plot point disguised as a character. Anyway, I think she's Not Guilty.

She has been in a lot of bad movies, like SLIDING DOOS, VIEW FROM THE TOP and COUNTRY STRONG*. And POSSESSION is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. But she's never given a bad performance. She even makes some of those movies watchable. And she was also good in good movies: SHAKESPEARE (she didn't deserve to win the Oscar but that doesn't mean she was bad, as a lot of people say), MR. RIPLEY, TENENBAUMS, SHALLOW "HAL" and her guest appearances on GLEE*. You claim that any actress could've played PEPPER in the IRON-MAN trilogy, but I think she was solid in all of them. And she had great chemistry with R.D.J. She was also good in THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, but a lot of people accussed that movie of being an excuse for the actors to emote (it was written & directed by Alan Cumming & Jennifer Jason Leigh and it starred them and all of their actor friends).

*Whatever happened to that singing career she was planning?
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12:57PM on 08/04/2014
You have Thanks For Sharing in the prosecution, but Shallow Hal in the defense? What the heck are you smokin? Anywhoo, I say guilty.
You have Thanks For Sharing in the prosecution, but Shallow Hal in the defense? What the heck are you smokin? Anywhoo, I say guilty.
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12:48PM on 08/04/2014

This is a hard one.

This is hard, because I think she is a good actress. She can even be a GREAT actress. Yeah, she chooses bad movies, but she always is good in them.

BUT here is the other side, she is known for being a pretentious bitch, and she always comes off so icy. I can't stand her as a person, and that has rubbed me the wrong way about her.

So do I vote for her talent or her personality...

I am going to JUST focus on talent and say NOT Guilty.
This is hard, because I think she is a good actress. She can even be a GREAT actress. Yeah, she chooses bad movies, but she always is good in them.

BUT here is the other side, she is known for being a pretentious bitch, and she always comes off so icy. I can't stand her as a person, and that has rubbed me the wrong way about her.

So do I vote for her talent or her personality...

I am going to JUST focus on talent and say NOT Guilty.
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12:37PM on 08/04/2014

Not Guility

Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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12:06PM on 08/04/2014
guilty for me, only thing ever thought she did a good job in was royal tenenbaums. i absolutely hate her pepper potts (particularly when she tries to improvise). and from everything ive read shes a grade A cunt in real life.
guilty for me, only thing ever thought she did a good job in was royal tenenbaums. i absolutely hate her pepper potts (particularly when she tries to improvise). and from everything ive read shes a grade A cunt in real life.
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12:50PM on 08/04/2014
Well put!
Well put!
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11:43AM on 08/04/2014
Absolutely guilty! I've never seen a performance of hers that couldn't have been done better by someone else! She's pretentious for no reason as far as I'm concerned. And as OptimusPrime so eloquently put: TEAM COLDPLAY!!!!
Absolutely guilty! I've never seen a performance of hers that couldn't have been done better by someone else! She's pretentious for no reason as far as I'm concerned. And as OptimusPrime so eloquently put: TEAM COLDPLAY!!!!
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10:48AM on 08/04/2014

Not guilty

^^^^^^.
^^^^^^.
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10:38AM on 08/04/2014

Not Guilty

Go and re-watch Royal Tenenbaums
Go and re-watch Royal Tenenbaums
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9:41AM on 08/04/2014

Not guilty.

It wasn't until Iron Man that she found her true calling as an actress in my opinion. Her skill and chemistry with Downey earns her a pass for me and she's done great work ever since.
It wasn't until Iron Man that she found her true calling as an actress in my opinion. Her skill and chemistry with Downey earns her a pass for me and she's done great work ever since.
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9:39AM on 08/04/2014
Wasting your time with this one, no one is gonna vote guilty.

Not guilty.
Wasting your time with this one, no one is gonna vote guilty.

Not guilty.
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12:58PM on 08/04/2014
Um, I did.
Um, I did.
9:28AM on 08/04/2014

Not guilty.

And what the hell's wrong with Duets? Underrated in my opinion.
And what the hell's wrong with Duets? Underrated in my opinion.
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8:46AM on 08/04/2014
I enjoyed her in Emma. Her presence doesn't bug me at all. The chemistry she has with Robert Downey Jr. Is priceless. She's far from guilty. Not guilty for me.
I enjoyed her in Emma. Her presence doesn't bug me at all. The chemistry she has with Robert Downey Jr. Is priceless. She's far from guilty. Not guilty for me.
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8:37AM on 08/04/2014
Not guilty. If there's any doubt, go re-watch Shakespeare in Love, especially the bits where Viola is pretending to be a man.
Not guilty. If there's any doubt, go re-watch Shakespeare in Love, especially the bits where Viola is pretending to be a man.
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8:29AM on 08/04/2014

Not Guilty

I have never understood the hate that Paltrow gets. A lot of her movies are not my cup of tea but she has had some very strong performances in her films. I really enjoy her in the Marvel films, her and Downey are great on screen. I do think that she can be a little lazy in picking projects.
I have never understood the hate that Paltrow gets. A lot of her movies are not my cup of tea but she has had some very strong performances in her films. I really enjoy her in the Marvel films, her and Downey are great on screen. I do think that she can be a little lazy in picking projects.
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3:11PM on 08/04/2014
Yeah I think people are misunderstanding movie jail here. They see an actor or director they don't like personally and say GUILTY but when you look at the evidence, they are making movies that drive the industry.
Yeah I think people are misunderstanding movie jail here. They see an actor or director they don't like personally and say GUILTY but when you look at the evidence, they are making movies that drive the industry.
8:27AM on 08/04/2014

Not Guilty

You're kidding right? Gwyneth is still making hit movies all the time. Iron man 3 may not have been a great film, but it sure was a box office success. As was the Avengers. However you feel about Ms Paltrow, there's no denying that she can act and she makes great movies.

From Shakespeare in love to Shallow Hal, from Se7en to the Avengers. Gwyneth is great. All I want from her is for her to keep making movies.
You're kidding right? Gwyneth is still making hit movies all the time. Iron man 3 may not have been a great film, but it sure was a box office success. As was the Avengers. However you feel about Ms Paltrow, there's no denying that she can act and she makes great movies.

From Shakespeare in love to Shallow Hal, from Se7en to the Avengers. Gwyneth is great. All I want from her is for her to keep making movies.
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8:03AM on 08/04/2014

Not guilty

She's a fine actress and I still don't understand why she's getting so much hate.
She's a fine actress and I still don't understand why she's getting so much hate.
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7:30AM on 08/04/2014

Moooooo

Send her down for being a miserable cow in real life - team Coldplay
Send her down for being a miserable cow in real life - team Coldplay
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7:38AM on 08/04/2014
I still can't believe they split up. This is an actual question, not sarcasm by all mean: do you know why Chris and her split up? I have no idea.
I still can't believe they split up. This is an actual question, not sarcasm by all mean: do you know why Chris and her split up? I have no idea.
9:40AM on 08/04/2014
Because he was the lead singer of Coldplay.
Because he was the lead singer of Coldplay.
10:44AM on 08/04/2014
Because she's a miserable cow and eats stupid diet food. She's on ok actress but nothing special. There are few out there these days as far as I'm concerned. There is no next Meryl Streep that I see coming through which is disappointing
Because she's a miserable cow and eats stupid diet food. She's on ok actress but nothing special. There are few out there these days as far as I'm concerned. There is no next Meryl Streep that I see coming through which is disappointing
7:21AM on 08/04/2014
Not guilty. Her movies on the Prosecution side aren't bad. They're just not that memorable. She was quite nice in A Perfect Murder and Bounce. Not guilty for me.
Not guilty. Her movies on the Prosecution side aren't bad. They're just not that memorable. She was quite nice in A Perfect Murder and Bounce. Not guilty for me.
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