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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Ice Cube!

Dec. 3, 2012by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Ice Cube

The Case

The Prosecution: Are We There Yet?, Are We Done Yet?, xXx: State of the Union, Barbershop 2, First Sunday, The Longshots, Ghosts of Mars, Lottery Ticket*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, it's not often that we bring rappers turned actors to trial but with the rumors of a new Friday movie being thrown about, we thought what better time than now. First off, the prosecution's case can essentially be summed up with the following picture:

Seriously, what happened to this guy? Mr. Cube showcased natural acting chops in some solid movies early on in his career, but it looks like the trouble started around 2005's Are We There Yet?, when he traded in his G ride for a minivan. Ever since then, it's been one mediocre family comedy after another and the prosecution feels that Mr. Cube's coolness factor has been extinguished. A stint in Movie Jail may help bring him back to his former glory, and reclaim his rightful spot as the greatest rapper turned actor ever. Next to Kid n Play of course.

The Defense: The Friday Series, Rampart, Boyz n the Hood, Tresspass, Higher Learning, Three Kings, Barbershop, 21 Jump Street, All About the Benjamins*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, the defense can't possibly...err...defend Mr. Cube's choice in films over the last few years. What we can defend is Mr. Cube's past performances and the potential he still has in delivering the goods. His turn as Captain Dickson in this year's 21 Jump Street reboot provided some hearty belly laughs and classic lines that should keep him out of Movie Jail ("Stop fucking with Korean Jesus! He's busy...with Korean shit!"). If the man wants to make some extra bank by playing the fun, lovable dad, he should be allowed to without persecution. Movie Jail isn't going to help Mr. Cube get back on track, yet, we understand we're going up against a pretty tough prosecution. We move for leniency and maybe a slap on the hand.

IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Ice Cube? Is his foray into safe, family comedies gone on too long? Does he still have the potential to do another great comedy or action movie? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Ice Cube GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Jessica Alba GUILTY of all charges. Even with evidence that included the hottest gifs of all time, the jury still wasn't buying that just because she's hot, doesn't mean she's innocent. This is Movie Jail honey, you're not trying to get out of parking ticket.

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4:13AM on 12/06/2012

Not Guilty

And, next to take the stand...Gerard Butler.
And, next to take the stand...Gerard Butler.
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2:29PM on 12/04/2012

Guilty

He basically plays the same type of character in everything he does, i had high hopes for him after Boyz n the Hood, but he really has stretched his action chops.
He basically plays the same type of character in everything he does, i had high hopes for him after Boyz n the Hood, but he really has stretched his action chops.
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2:09PM on 12/04/2012
Me: Not guilty. and for next week Movie Jail should infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier...
Moreno: How about Kevin James?
Me: *Slams Desk* Infiltrate the dealers! Find the supplier!
Moreno: If we find the supplier of Kevin James movies we don't have to worry about Kevin James.
Me: Goddamn....*SLAMS DESK* Infiltrate the dealers! Find the supplier!
Me: Not guilty. and for next week Movie Jail should infiltrate the dealers, find the supplier...
Moreno: How about Kevin James?
Me: *Slams Desk* Infiltrate the dealers! Find the supplier!
Moreno: If we find the supplier of Kevin James movies we don't have to worry about Kevin James.
Me: Goddamn....*SLAMS DESK* Infiltrate the dealers! Find the supplier!
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8:28AM on 12/04/2012
not sure how to approach this one. lets be honest...Cube never really had acting chops, he just made OK movie selections. And now he's not (minus appearing in Jump Street, which he didnt really 'rock'). I say he doesnt really qualify as a true actor that has let us down, as we never expected much to begin with.
not sure how to approach this one. lets be honest...Cube never really had acting chops, he just made OK movie selections. And now he's not (minus appearing in Jump Street, which he didnt really 'rock'). I say he doesnt really qualify as a true actor that has let us down, as we never expected much to begin with.
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4:05AM on 12/04/2012

Always the same faces

I liked this guy in one or two movies... But he's always doing that angry (i'm bad mf) character.
So, he's not a really good actor. GUILTY

Next: Julia Roberts
I liked this guy in one or two movies... But he's always doing that angry (i'm bad mf) character.
So, he's not a really good actor. GUILTY

Next: Julia Roberts
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1:56AM on 12/04/2012
I don't really consider him an actor. He's a musician who occasionally stars in films. I think his best is probably a toss up between Friday, and Boyz n the Hood. It seems most all rappers haven't really transitioned from music to full time acting. Probably because they don't really care to.
I don't really consider him an actor. He's a musician who occasionally stars in films. I think his best is probably a toss up between Friday, and Boyz n the Hood. It seems most all rappers haven't really transitioned from music to full time acting. Probably because they don't really care to.
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9:14PM on 12/03/2012

A surprising Not Guilty from me

I've never seen the Are We There Yet? movie series, so his poor movies haven't registered with me. XXX: State of Confusion had it's problems, but wasn't Cube's fault. If he can make the Friday reunion movie work, then he'll definitely earn my Not Guilty.
I've never seen the Are We There Yet? movie series, so his poor movies haven't registered with me. XXX: State of Confusion had it's problems, but wasn't Cube's fault. If he can make the Friday reunion movie work, then he'll definitely earn my Not Guilty.
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8:26PM on 12/03/2012
Although its hard to see cube in many of his "Family-frendly" roles, I still can't hate on the guy. He had such a profound effect on me during my teenage years that I'll always have the guy's back...Besides, I think it would be difficult to maintain the same demeanor and talk about the same subject matter he did in his music and what not over a 20 year span. It just gets old. And most of the time, He's usually the best thing about the crappy movies that he plays in. Can't hate the guy for that
Although its hard to see cube in many of his "Family-frendly" roles, I still can't hate on the guy. He had such a profound effect on me during my teenage years that I'll always have the guy's back...Besides, I think it would be difficult to maintain the same demeanor and talk about the same subject matter he did in his music and what not over a 20 year span. It just gets old. And most of the time, He's usually the best thing about the crappy movies that he plays in. Can't hate the guy for that either. Extra tidbit: "Death Certificate" is one of the greatest rap albums ever made...and Cube could probably still kick most of our asses...NOT GUILTY.....
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7:11PM on 12/03/2012
First of all, ice cube was one of the few things going good for ghosts of mars. There was plenty else wrong with it but cube wasn't one of em. Same can be said for XXX but then he didn't exactly have good script to deal with anyways. That movie could have still been bad ass but the problem is that it suffered what destroys many possibly great movies, bad writing. Ice cube is still a bad ass and I say forget about sending him to movie jail and instead send him to join stallone with the
First of all, ice cube was one of the few things going good for ghosts of mars. There was plenty else wrong with it but cube wasn't one of em. Same can be said for XXX but then he didn't exactly have good script to deal with anyways. That movie could have still been bad ass but the problem is that it suffered what destroys many possibly great movies, bad writing. Ice cube is still a bad ass and I say forget about sending him to movie jail and instead send him to join stallone with the expendables if another sequal is on the way. He still has bad ass flowing through his veins unlike many others in the jail who are just plain ass.
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6:39PM on 12/03/2012
Guilty - with all those Are We There Yet movies. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal!
Guilty - with all those Are We There Yet movies. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal!
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6:34PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

Balancing Acting and Music is not an easy task. While i, too, was also disappointed when he went the family route, the lottery and 21 jump street restored my faith. Y'all need to realize Ice Cube is a hustler...he's hustlin that family audience. Plus i look forward to the new Friday and NWA movie in development....As a hip hop fan, i say not guilty...As an Actor, Not guilty...Hollywood needs to give him better gangster roles. The only people who are saying guilty are the hipster scene, indie
Balancing Acting and Music is not an easy task. While i, too, was also disappointed when he went the family route, the lottery and 21 jump street restored my faith. Y'all need to realize Ice Cube is a hustler...he's hustlin that family audience. Plus i look forward to the new Friday and NWA movie in development....As a hip hop fan, i say not guilty...As an Actor, Not guilty...Hollywood needs to give him better gangster roles. The only people who are saying guilty are the hipster scene, indie filmmaking, vegan chewing douchebags who don't like hip hop or prefer their films artsy and boring....OH AND PUT TYLER PERRY ON THE STAND, Nigguh's guilty as HELL
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6:30PM on 12/03/2012

GUILTY

I'm sorry did the defense really try and use the FRIDAY SERIES? REALLY???? ONE MORE TIME REALLLLLLYYYYY????? The first movie was funny and had Chris Tucker. The rest of them were just so sub-par. Thats why sequels are hard to make and why Mike Epps was in them.

anyway TIDBIT - M Night Shyamalan. ITS TIME TO PUT THIS GUY ON TRIAL
I'm sorry did the defense really try and use the FRIDAY SERIES? REALLY???? ONE MORE TIME REALLLLLLYYYYY????? The first movie was funny and had Chris Tucker. The rest of them were just so sub-par. Thats why sequels are hard to make and why Mike Epps was in them.

anyway TIDBIT - M Night Shyamalan. ITS TIME TO PUT THIS GUY ON TRIAL
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6:20PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty.

Guilty.
Guilty.
Guilty.
Guilty.
Guilty.
Guilty.
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5:43PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty

Fuck his career.
Fuck his career.
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5:18PM on 12/03/2012

this muthafuckas guilty!

never should of been an actor
never should of been an actor
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5:05PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

To be honest, both sides make convincing cases for this man. By acknowledging his good performances the prosecution isn't selling themselves short.

And yet, the problem is I've seen 21 Jump Street. I know he's got all that attitude left, even if he's more grown-up and domesticated. I can't ignore that the man has made some pretty lame check-cashing career moves lately, but as Jump Street proved, he's still the kind of guy who can make the most of the right material.
To be honest, both sides make convincing cases for this man. By acknowledging his good performances the prosecution isn't selling themselves short.

And yet, the problem is I've seen 21 Jump Street. I know he's got all that attitude left, even if he's more grown-up and domesticated. I can't ignore that the man has made some pretty lame check-cashing career moves lately, but as Jump Street proved, he's still the kind of guy who can make the most of the right material.
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4:44PM on 12/03/2012

no doubt

guilty
guilty
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3:55PM on 12/03/2012

guilty

How about Ewan McGregor next?
How about Ewan McGregor next?
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3:55PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty

and a big +1 for calling out M. Night Shyamalan.
and a big +1 for calling out M. Night Shyamalan.
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3:49PM on 12/03/2012
Next week I am calling on M Night Shyamalan.
Next week I am calling on M Night Shyamalan.
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3:48PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty

I am going to add the terrible Coors Light commercials "You think you're colder than me?" Yeah he sold out big time, a sure sign he isn't getting any good scripts. Most of the time his roles aren't much of a stretch. He plays the tough guy. I like him. But the dude hasn't pushed himself as an actor.
I am going to add the terrible Coors Light commercials "You think you're colder than me?" Yeah he sold out big time, a sure sign he isn't getting any good scripts. Most of the time his roles aren't much of a stretch. He plays the tough guy. I like him. But the dude hasn't pushed himself as an actor.
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2:26PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

Put him in a decent film concept, he's good. Put him in a lame family comedy - well you get what you get.
He could certainly choose better roles, but maybe he doesn't get offered them as much as he used to. I think movie jail's a bit harsh for him. I still reckon he could own in the right role.
Put him in a decent film concept, he's good. Put him in a lame family comedy - well you get what you get.
He could certainly choose better roles, but maybe he doesn't get offered them as much as he used to. I think movie jail's a bit harsh for him. I still reckon he could own in the right role.
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2:13PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty...

To be honest the guy has never been an actor, he's just Ice Cube.
To be honest the guy has never been an actor, he's just Ice Cube.
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1:55PM on 12/03/2012

Not guilty.

Maybe I'm biased because I'm a fan of N.W.A., but I say not guilty. He's not even really a big actor, so I don't think it's fair to put him up here. Plus, as bad as ARE WE THERE YET? and its sequel were, I've completely forgotten about them. But he was really funny in 21 JUMP STREET and BOYZ N THE HOOD is a film I'll never forget because of how much it moved me.
Maybe I'm biased because I'm a fan of N.W.A., but I say not guilty. He's not even really a big actor, so I don't think it's fair to put him up here. Plus, as bad as ARE WE THERE YET? and its sequel were, I've completely forgotten about them. But he was really funny in 21 JUMP STREET and BOYZ N THE HOOD is a film I'll never forget because of how much it moved me.
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1:39PM on 12/03/2012

Guilty

Love Three Kings, Boyz In The Hood was great, and 21 Jump Street was really funny, but not because of Ice Cube. And then there is all those crappy family films just like Eddie Murphy's career transformation. Guilty.
Next week ideas: Kate Hudson, Eddie Murphy, M. Night Shyamalan
Love Three Kings, Boyz In The Hood was great, and 21 Jump Street was really funny, but not because of Ice Cube. And then there is all those crappy family films just like Eddie Murphy's career transformation. Guilty.
Next week ideas: Kate Hudson, Eddie Murphy, M. Night Shyamalan
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1:32PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

Next up should be Cameron Diaz
Next up should be Cameron Diaz
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1:32PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

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1:24PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

Yes he's been in some stinkers but he's also been in some damn good films as well, as it was said above he's one of the funniest parts of 21 Jump Street.

Also, he's Ice Fuckin Cube.
Yes he's been in some stinkers but he's also been in some damn good films as well, as it was said above he's one of the funniest parts of 21 Jump Street.

Also, he's Ice Fuckin Cube.
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1:19PM on 12/03/2012

Not Guilty

just because

next defendant: Ivan Reitman
just because

next defendant: Ivan Reitman
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1:18PM on 12/03/2012

You shouldn't have asked is he's guilty or not guilty.......

You should have asked if anyone cares about him.
You should have asked if anyone cares about him.
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