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09.09.2013

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: Shallow Hal, Envy, Shark Tale, King Kong, The Holiday, Nacho Libre, Year One, Gulliver's Travels, The Big Year

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, while watching a video last week of Jack Black reuniting with the kids from School of Rock, the prosecution thought of how little we've heard from him recently and decided it's time to go after the actor. There are comedians that are funny and can act, and then there are some that struggle when they have to play a character that is not a mirror image of themselves. Mr. Black falls into the later category. The actor's greatest success has been while playing "Jack Black" and unfortunately has struggled in other roles. On top of that, Mr. Black's recent films have been incredibly disappointing.

Now, some people don't like Mr. Black's shtick and never will: that's just how it is. However, even the biggest fans of the actor have to cringe while watching some of his movies. Year One is one of the worst comedies the prosecution has ever seen and contains almost no laughs, but even that film looks like Animal House when compared to Envy or The Big Year. The problem isn't even that these movies are terrible: they are horrible AND Mr. Black brings absolutely nothing to them except for more of the same. For an actor that his known for his boundless energy, Mr. Black is pretty lethargic when it comes to his movie selections. We're looking at you, Gulliver's Travels.

The defense is sure to bring up Bernie as an argument, but the prosecution argues that his quirky character is just far enough "out there" that it still didn't seem like that much of a stretch for the actor. Sure it was a good performance, but was it really that special or fantastic? Another film where Mr. Black attempts to act and fails is King Kong. Perhaps the actor was completely miscast for the role, but some of the blame must also fall on Mr. Black. The prosecution believes Mr. Black has earned himself a long stint in Movie Jail and hopefully the jury will come to the same conclusion.

The Defense: High Fidelity, Saving Silverman, Orange County, School of Rock, Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, Margot at the Wedding, Be Kind Rewind, Tropic Thunder, Bernie, Kung Fu Panda

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution's argument smells of shit. The past few years might not have been the strongest for my client, but he isn't the lazy actor the prosecution makes him out to be. Does Mr. Black play himself slightly too often? Maybe, but there are many examples of Mr. Black being damn good at it, like School of Rock, High Fidelity and of course, anything involving Tenacious D (which we'll get to later).

Yes, the defense is going to bring up Bernie because guess what: Mr. Black was fantastic in that film. But that isn't the only film starring Mr. Black that proves that he knows how to act: he was excellent in Margot at the Wedding and even though the defense doesn't care for The Holiday, Mr. Black's performance in it is solid. Mr. Black might not have a wide range when it comes to acting, but it's certainly bigger than the prosecution makes it out to be. And although he was miscast in King Kong and Gulliver's Travels was just terrible, Mr. Black still gave it his all in both films.

Which brings us to Tenacious D. Mr. Black is very passionate about his band and it shows: the past few years he hasn't been in that many films, but he did release a new album and went on tour to support it. My client probably had to turn down a few film roles while with the band, but let's be honest here it's not like he's making U2 money with Tenacious D. He wanted to make a new album and go on tour because he loves the fans, he loves the music, and he loves to perform. Mr. Black chose to work on something he truly cares about and you've got to respect him for that. Mr. Black does not deserve Move Jail and the only fair verdict possible for the defendant is "not guilty."

IN CLOSING...

Has Jack Black played "Jack Black" too often? Should his work with Tenacious D count in his trial? It's up to you, the jury: is Jack Black 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

Some members of the jury were ready to write off Jon Voight because of Bratz: The Movie and Superbabies, but in the end he prevailed and has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges. The jury wasn't too pleased with the defense for not including his older work, however even without some of his classics the actor avoided jail time. He lucked out this time, but if Mr. Voight continues to star in Superbabies films we might need to have another visit with the actor.

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

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

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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3:05AM on 09/11/2013

Not Guilty

For all the joy he's brought me with Tenacious D, he will never be guilty. I'll never forget watching his specials on HBO and laughing my ass off, no way is he guilty.
For all the joy he's brought me with Tenacious D, he will never be guilty. I'll never forget watching his specials on HBO and laughing my ass off, no way is he guilty.
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2:17AM on 09/11/2013

So absolutely not guilty

Even in his lesser works, the dude puts in a good performance. He is a spectacular musician, and Bernie proved that if given a chance there's really a great actor in there too. I'd even daresay he was robbed of an Oscar nomination for that one.

Also, Shallow Hal, Nacho Libre, and King Kong are all totally good. Screw the prosecution.
Even in his lesser works, the dude puts in a good performance. He is a spectacular musician, and Bernie proved that if given a chance there's really a great actor in there too. I'd even daresay he was robbed of an Oscar nomination for that one.

Also, Shallow Hal, Nacho Libre, and King Kong are all totally good. Screw the prosecution.
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1:20PM on 09/10/2013

Guilty

Even with his roles in great movies like Tropic Thunder, I found him completely forgettable. I enjoyed the Kung Fu Panda movies immensely with him, but probably because he wasnt physically in them.
Even with his roles in great movies like Tropic Thunder, I found him completely forgettable. I enjoyed the Kung Fu Panda movies immensely with him, but probably because he wasnt physically in them.
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2:53AM on 09/10/2013

Not innocent but not completely Guilty

Not guilty, but can easily get there if he continues the current trend of every other movie being trash. His performance in Bernie was great, The Big Year wasn't terrible, but he didn't really stand out in his role. Gulliver's Travels and Year One were barely watchable for me. Kung Fu Panda doesn't really equal a failure, but is irrelevant to most male adults, and Tropic Thunder was entertaining, with some memorable performances. So not guilty.
Not guilty, but can easily get there if he continues the current trend of every other movie being trash. His performance in Bernie was great, The Big Year wasn't terrible, but he didn't really stand out in his role. Gulliver's Travels and Year One were barely watchable for me. Kung Fu Panda doesn't really equal a failure, but is irrelevant to most male adults, and Tropic Thunder was entertaining, with some memorable performances. So not guilty.
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1:53AM on 09/10/2013
Prosecution looses by default for listing 'Shallow Hall', 'King Kong' and 'Nacho Libre' as part of their case.

Not Guilty and for our signs of apologies we shall give you a guaranteed pass to keep rocking forever.
Prosecution looses by default for listing 'Shallow Hall', 'King Kong' and 'Nacho Libre' as part of their case.

Not Guilty and for our signs of apologies we shall give you a guaranteed pass to keep rocking forever.
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1:05AM on 09/10/2013
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12:13AM on 09/10/2013

Not Guilty

I think it's a small blessing and a much bigger curse to be the funny fat guy as some notably tragic stories have shown. And so far I think he's done some pretty cool things with the title. Tenacious D and their unique brand of awesomeness aside, I commend him for sticking to his guns and coming out of what could have easily been a lusterless career with some legitimate gems.
I think it's a small blessing and a much bigger curse to be the funny fat guy as some notably tragic stories have shown. And so far I think he's done some pretty cool things with the title. Tenacious D and their unique brand of awesomeness aside, I commend him for sticking to his guns and coming out of what could have easily been a lusterless career with some legitimate gems.
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9:15PM on 09/09/2013
Putting KING KONG in the prosecution and not the defense, in any capacity whatsoever, automatically means the the prosecution is overreaching and the defense is playing smart defense. Acquittal.
Putting KING KONG in the prosecution and not the defense, in any capacity whatsoever, automatically means the the prosecution is overreaching and the defense is playing smart defense. Acquittal.
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8:47PM on 09/09/2013

I really don't care much for him, but...

I don't think he deserves a guilty. Maybe a neck punch, but not a guilty verdict. Funniest thing I ever saw him in was the MTV promo for Tropic Thunder. Google it if you haven't seen it.
I don't think he deserves a guilty. Maybe a neck punch, but not a guilty verdict. Funniest thing I ever saw him in was the MTV promo for Tropic Thunder. Google it if you haven't seen it.
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8:34PM on 09/09/2013

No Guilty at all!

He made many great movies a very little shitty ones. Barney was fantastic and I really didnīt dislike The Big Year at all. Gulliver's wasnt as bad as some people say, but still...
He made many great movies a very little shitty ones. Barney was fantastic and I really didnīt dislike The Big Year at all. Gulliver's wasnt as bad as some people say, but still...
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8:32PM on 09/09/2013

Not guilty

Shallow hall? What is that? A porno? A jack black porno. Now that is a scary thought.
Shallow hall? What is that? A porno? A jack black porno. Now that is a scary thought.
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8:29PM on 09/09/2013
I dont think Jack Black is guilty but he always seems to get the Movie Police to patrol his career every once in a while. The thing(s) that tire me about Jack Black is his overwhelming need to incorporate his love of classic rock , to be the classic lazy, never really growns up friend...its refreshing to see him break free from playing himself in movies...He is best suited for strong supporting roles, though he isnt wicked funny, he has his moments.
My advice: wake up, pick some good roles
I dont think Jack Black is guilty but he always seems to get the Movie Police to patrol his career every once in a while. The thing(s) that tire me about Jack Black is his overwhelming need to incorporate his love of classic rock , to be the classic lazy, never really growns up friend...its refreshing to see him break free from playing himself in movies...He is best suited for strong supporting roles, though he isnt wicked funny, he has his moments.
My advice: wake up, pick some good roles and show us some range and depth in your characters!
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7:46PM on 09/09/2013
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7:38PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

I think he works best in supporting roles, and although he's not one of my favorite comedic actors he doesn't belong in movie jail. You can't blame him for Gulliver's Travels, since that movie had a few talented actors who all came off as awful. Also, his voice work in Kung-Fu Panda is one of the more inspired choices dreamworks has made with their animated films.
I think he works best in supporting roles, and although he's not one of my favorite comedic actors he doesn't belong in movie jail. You can't blame him for Gulliver's Travels, since that movie had a few talented actors who all came off as awful. Also, his voice work in Kung-Fu Panda is one of the more inspired choices dreamworks has made with their animated films.
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6:44PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

He's been in some bad movies here and there, but I still have a great deal of respect for Mr. Black. He's a passionate individual, and he never seemed into it just "for the money." He's also a talented musician who has balanced his movie career and music career quite nicely, and even brought the two together. I'm also one of the few who really didn't mind his performance in King Kong. Not Guilty.
He's been in some bad movies here and there, but I still have a great deal of respect for Mr. Black. He's a passionate individual, and he never seemed into it just "for the money." He's also a talented musician who has balanced his movie career and music career quite nicely, and even brought the two together. I'm also one of the few who really didn't mind his performance in King Kong. Not Guilty.
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5:23PM on 09/09/2013

COME ON, GUYS! TIMING!

You can't put someone on trial right after what people call was the best performance of their career. But even if you have done this after THE BIG YEAR, I would've said that he's not guilty.

His schtick may be a little annoying in certain films, but most of the time he's funny. And even when he isn't, he still display a crazy amount of energy and commitment to his roles. SCHOOL OF ROCK, TROPIC THUNDER and KUNG FU PANDA are all great. He shines even in bad movies like NACHO LIBRE (he saved
You can't put someone on trial right after what people call was the best performance of their career. But even if you have done this after THE BIG YEAR, I would've said that he's not guilty.

His schtick may be a little annoying in certain films, but most of the time he's funny. And even when he isn't, he still display a crazy amount of energy and commitment to his roles. SCHOOL OF ROCK, TROPIC THUNDER and KUNG FU PANDA are all great. He shines even in bad movies like NACHO LIBRE (he saved it) and GULLIVER (nothing could've saved it). The only time he didn't shine was in ENVY (he was more restrained there), but none of the actors could do much with the material.

Does he have enough range to proof that he's a real actor? Not quite. His character in MARGOT AT THE WEDDING isn't that different from his regulars. But in his lighter movies (THE HOLIDAY and BIG YEAR) he displays enough charisma to proof that he can carry a movie by himself.

Unlike the majority, I didn't like HIGH FIDELITY, and I loved SHALLOW HAL. And I felt SHARK TALE, TENACIOUS D: PICK OF DESTINY and YEAR ONE were just average. The ending of BE KIND REWIND didn't fit with the rest so it ended up ruining the whole film for me. And I was happy to see some love for SAVING SILVERMAN.
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4:40PM on 09/09/2013

not guilty

haven't seen him in anything lately, but bernie was definitely a solid performance.
haven't seen him in anything lately, but bernie was definitely a solid performance.
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3:17PM on 09/09/2013

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3:10PM on 09/09/2013

NOT GUILTY

I absolutely adore Jack Black. School of Rock, Bernie, Tropic Thunder, Be Kind Rewind, and High Fidelity are all great movies. Not guilty.
I absolutely adore Jack Black. School of Rock, Bernie, Tropic Thunder, Be Kind Rewind, and High Fidelity are all great movies. Not guilty.
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3:08PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

Your case is thin. King Kong, Nacho Libre and Shallow Hal are all good movies.
Your case is thin. King Kong, Nacho Libre and Shallow Hal are all good movies.
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2:41PM on 09/09/2013

Guilty

I tend to look at this if the actor is in any movies that I either A) own on dvd, or B) like to watch on occasion when they come on tv. Jack Black doesn't fit either category. In fact, I tend to shun movies with him in it, since I know it's just going to be the same ole schtick. Kind of like paying to see a Gallagher show, and expecting to see something new and fresh.
I tend to look at this if the actor is in any movies that I either A) own on dvd, or B) like to watch on occasion when they come on tv. Jack Black doesn't fit either category. In fact, I tend to shun movies with him in it, since I know it's just going to be the same ole schtick. Kind of like paying to see a Gallagher show, and expecting to see something new and fresh.
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2:39PM on 09/09/2013
GUILTY, but I can see from the strikeback that he's going to walk, so I guess I'll have to wait outside the court house with a loaded gun. You've only got yourselves to blame if I hit a few innocent bystanders.
GUILTY, but I can see from the strikeback that he's going to walk, so I guess I'll have to wait outside the court house with a loaded gun. You've only got yourselves to blame if I hit a few innocent bystanders.
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2:09PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

He is a very specific and limited tool that when used the right way (i.e. Be Kind Rewind) works for a film. Extra tidbit: Akiva Goldsman (writer of I Am Legend, Batman and Robin, won Oscar for A Beautiful Mind)
He is a very specific and limited tool that when used the right way (i.e. Be Kind Rewind) works for a film. Extra tidbit: Akiva Goldsman (writer of I Am Legend, Batman and Robin, won Oscar for A Beautiful Mind)
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1:31PM on 09/09/2013

I'll give Jables a pass. Not Guilty.

Pick of Destiny was what I needed when I was 17. And he's usually the best part of any movie he's in.
Elevate not execute.
Pick of Destiny was what I needed when I was 17. And he's usually the best part of any movie he's in.
Elevate not execute.
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1:21PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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1:20PM on 09/09/2013

NOT GUILTY

School of Rock, Nacho Libre, Bernie, High Fidelity... and basically ANYTHING that has to do with Tenacious D is AWESOME. I love ya baby, but all I can think about is... kielbasa sausage
School of Rock, Nacho Libre, Bernie, High Fidelity... and basically ANYTHING that has to do with Tenacious D is AWESOME. I love ya baby, but all I can think about is... kielbasa sausage
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1:18PM on 09/09/2013
not guilty!! although i would like to see him do more films like High Fidelity again and play it straight(er)
not guilty!! although i would like to see him do more films like High Fidelity again and play it straight(er)
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12:58PM on 09/09/2013
Not Guilty. I love Nacho Libre and Tropic Thunder.
Not Guilty. I love Nacho Libre and Tropic Thunder.
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12:43PM on 09/09/2013

Not a question of guilt here

I don't like this guy. Actually I find him very annoying. That whole rock clown stint, his humor, his music, his looks - none of it even close to my personal preferences. But aside from not catering to my specific tastes he didn't make any films I found offensivly bad. (haven't seen Year One) I just think he shouldn't be cast as lead actor in a comedy anymore. He is great in some of his supporting roles, especially High Fidelity, but given too much screentime I always fall back on this notion
I don't like this guy. Actually I find him very annoying. That whole rock clown stint, his humor, his music, his looks - none of it even close to my personal preferences. But aside from not catering to my specific tastes he didn't make any films I found offensivly bad. (haven't seen Year One) I just think he shouldn't be cast as lead actor in a comedy anymore. He is great in some of his supporting roles, especially High Fidelity, but given too much screentime I always fall back on this notion of him as a ridiculous chubby rock clown.
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12:14PM on 09/09/2013

Probation

His agent should get jail time for suggesting Year One to him.
His agent should get jail time for suggesting Year One to him.
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12:03PM on 09/09/2013
I thought Nacho Libre was good. Different in a quirky Wes Anderson kind of way without going full hipster. And he was great in Tropic Thunder.

My vote is NOT GUILTY!
I thought Nacho Libre was good. Different in a quirky Wes Anderson kind of way without going full hipster. And he was great in Tropic Thunder.

My vote is NOT GUILTY!
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12:03PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

His schtick has certainly ran it's course, but the guy has pumped out some solid comedies. Above all, I've always loved his band Tednacious D.
His schtick has certainly ran it's course, but the guy has pumped out some solid comedies. Above all, I've always loved his band Tednacious D.
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12:02PM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

Sure he's done some bad movies, but he's done some great ones too and he seems like he'd be a cool guy to hang out with. If we can't even get Jon Voight into jail, I don't see why Jack Black should go either.
Sure he's done some bad movies, but he's done some great ones too and he seems like he'd be a cool guy to hang out with. If we can't even get Jon Voight into jail, I don't see why Jack Black should go either.
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11:10AM on 09/09/2013

Not guilty.

Jack Black has defied my expectations of him, for which I am eternally in his corner. When he gets passionate about a role, or challenged, he has always risen to the test. That's not to say he hasn't had a number of bad movies, or that he made a pretty poor Carl Denham in King Kong (one need look no further than the original to see that he was just the wrong man for the job, but at least he gave it his best shot). I imagine he's got a few surprises left for us.
Jack Black has defied my expectations of him, for which I am eternally in his corner. When he gets passionate about a role, or challenged, he has always risen to the test. That's not to say he hasn't had a number of bad movies, or that he made a pretty poor Carl Denham in King Kong (one need look no further than the original to see that he was just the wrong man for the job, but at least he gave it his best shot). I imagine he's got a few surprises left for us.
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11:03AM on 09/09/2013
Not guilty! I love this guy!
Not guilty! I love this guy!
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11:00AM on 09/09/2013

Not guilty

I love Nacho Libre. And I enjoyed King Kong, Holiday and Big Year. Yeah, he has chosen some very bad movies, but he doesn't belong to movie jail.
I love Nacho Libre. And I enjoyed King Kong, Holiday and Big Year. Yeah, he has chosen some very bad movies, but he doesn't belong to movie jail.
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9:50AM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

Consider this a warning though.
Oh and I agree that Nacho Libra is a ton of fun. My kids loved it.
Consider this a warning though.
Oh and I agree that Nacho Libra is a ton of fun. My kids loved it.
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9:46AM on 09/09/2013

The Verdict Is...

Not guilty for now! However, this verdict was reached by the thinnest of margins.

We'd probably have to defer this verdict until we see more from him.
Not guilty for now! However, this verdict was reached by the thinnest of margins.

We'd probably have to defer this verdict until we see more from him.
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12:16PM on 09/09/2013
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4:15PM on 09/09/2013
er...sorry. Too early in the morning...corrected.
er...sorry. Too early in the morning...corrected.
9:21AM on 09/09/2013
Not guilty. He's done some bills-paying comedies and several of those have been bad, sure, but I think he's a talented, naturally funny actor who is very likeable. I really like Nacho Libre, I think it's a warm, heartfelt, quirky little film that's pretty underrated.
Not guilty. He's done some bills-paying comedies and several of those have been bad, sure, but I think he's a talented, naturally funny actor who is very likeable. I really like Nacho Libre, I think it's a warm, heartfelt, quirky little film that's pretty underrated.
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9:17AM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty . . . for now

Jack Black's schtick is getting tiring, but I feel it's too soon to put him in Movie Jail. I say give him the benefit of the doubt, but revisit this case in a couple of years. If he hasn't upped his game by then, lock him up.
Jack Black's schtick is getting tiring, but I feel it's too soon to put him in Movie Jail. I say give him the benefit of the doubt, but revisit this case in a couple of years. If he hasn't upped his game by then, lock him up.
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9:09AM on 09/09/2013

GUILTY

Wasn't sure about this one. But in the end, he has more bad movies than good ones.
Wasn't sure about this one. But in the end, he has more bad movies than good ones.
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9:06AM on 09/09/2013

NOT GUILTY!

I'm just pissed that Nacho Libre was on the prosecution's side, what the hell!!!!!!! That movie is hilarious!!!!!!!!
I'm just pissed that Nacho Libre was on the prosecution's side, what the hell!!!!!!! That movie is hilarious!!!!!!!!
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8:56AM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty... Yet

Jack Black has played 'Jack Black' once too often, I agree. While doing that in supporting roles has often proven a boost to movies, when he's in the lead, it only worked once ('School Of Rock'. 'Pick Of Destiny' is very overrated).

However, when he stretches himself, it usually pans out. He's stunning in 'Bernie', in 'The Holiday', due to a restrained performance and good chemistry with Kate Winslet, he made the second story in that frustratingly generic movie the far better one (why it
Jack Black has played 'Jack Black' once too often, I agree. While doing that in supporting roles has often proven a boost to movies, when he's in the lead, it only worked once ('School Of Rock'. 'Pick Of Destiny' is very overrated).

However, when he stretches himself, it usually pans out. He's stunning in 'Bernie', in 'The Holiday', due to a restrained performance and good chemistry with Kate Winslet, he made the second story in that frustratingly generic movie the far better one (why it focused mostly on the generic Diaz/ Law relationship we will never know). Also, am I the only one that liked his performance in 'King Kong'?

It seemed after a string of misfires ('Year One', 'Gulliver's Travels) he scaled back which shows introspection on his part, and that saves him for now. If he has another string of duds akin to earlier, than I say life. Right now, he's free.
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8:48AM on 09/09/2013

Can't decide

To me he's always someone that's worked better in a supporting role then a staring one. As to Tropic Thunder he was probably the least funny of all the actors. I mean its pretty tough when you're a comedian and Tom Cruise out funnies you, heh. Still he's not a total loss.
To me he's always someone that's worked better in a supporting role then a staring one. As to Tropic Thunder he was probably the least funny of all the actors. I mean its pretty tough when you're a comedian and Tom Cruise out funnies you, heh. Still he's not a total loss.
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8:47AM on 09/09/2013

Not Guilty

Why is King Kong on the prosecution list? I'll admit Black was miscast but the film is a masterpiece. Anyway, Black is over-the-top for sure but when he's on the ball he's a lot of fun to watch. Also, very few comedic actors have the ability to connect with both adults and children alike. In today's world when there is such a divide between what kids and their parents like to watch it is nice to have a few entertainers performing for both audiences. I won't say I've never been annoyed by his
Why is King Kong on the prosecution list? I'll admit Black was miscast but the film is a masterpiece. Anyway, Black is over-the-top for sure but when he's on the ball he's a lot of fun to watch. Also, very few comedic actors have the ability to connect with both adults and children alike. In today's world when there is such a divide between what kids and their parents like to watch it is nice to have a few entertainers performing for both audiences. I won't say I've never been annoyed by his work but not enough to find him guilty.
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8:45AM on 09/09/2013

Guilty and Not Guilty

I'd say his career's about a 50/50 split between entertaining and annoying - specifically, he can be funny as hell in one film doing his heavy metal loser schtick and then do the same in another movie and it just falls totally flat. Pick Of Destiny is an excellent comedy / stoner / roadtrip movie, but Gulliver's Travels felt like it was a blueprint of the worst 1980s comedies. Maybe it's because he lets himself get cast in cookie-cutter roles that he makes so many weak movies. I don't know how
I'd say his career's about a 50/50 split between entertaining and annoying - specifically, he can be funny as hell in one film doing his heavy metal loser schtick and then do the same in another movie and it just falls totally flat. Pick Of Destiny is an excellent comedy / stoner / roadtrip movie, but Gulliver's Travels felt like it was a blueprint of the worst 1980s comedies. Maybe it's because he lets himself get cast in cookie-cutter roles that he makes so many weak movies. I don't know how much range he actually has as an actor, but even if he just wanted to do the metalhead thing, as long as he did it selectively I don't think people would want to movie jail him - it's the overkill of and miscast roles that damage the goodwill people have towards him, because he does come across as a likeable enough guy onscreen. He's like an alternate reality Tom Cruise - he can play utter douchebags and people will still like him.
I'd probably go with not guilty, but it's pretty borderline with him at times.
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8:43AM on 09/09/2013

Not guilty

Sure, he was pretty terrible in King Kong, & other flicks, but he has done some pretty good 1s also. I don't think that he's hit the point in his career where he's just constantly turning out crap, yet. I can honestly seeing him head that direction. If that day comes, we may have to revisit this trial. For me, Kung-Fu Panda, Tropic Thunder & School of Rock, to name a few, persuade me to vote not guilty.
Sure, he was pretty terrible in King Kong, & other flicks, but he has done some pretty good 1s also. I don't think that he's hit the point in his career where he's just constantly turning out crap, yet. I can honestly seeing him head that direction. If that day comes, we may have to revisit this trial. For me, Kung-Fu Panda, Tropic Thunder & School of Rock, to name a few, persuade me to vote not guilty.
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8:34AM on 09/09/2013

No jail, but...

His regular shtiick is certainly getting a little old.
His regular shtiick is certainly getting a little old.
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8:28AM on 09/09/2013
Not guilty. My only prosecution would be Gullivers' Travels. I quite enjoy Shallow Hal and The Big Year. His best: School of Rock and High Fidelity.
Not guilty. My only prosecution would be Gullivers' Travels. I quite enjoy Shallow Hal and The Big Year. His best: School of Rock and High Fidelity.
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8:21AM on 09/09/2013

NOT GUILTY

And you're wrong about Envy - a solid, funny flick. EvaPOOrate!
And you're wrong about Envy - a solid, funny flick. EvaPOOrate!
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8:13AM on 09/09/2013
He just did arguably his best film: Bernie. So Not Guilty.
He just did arguably his best film: Bernie. So Not Guilty.
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8:10AM on 09/09/2013

Not guilty

For every bad movie, he makes 2 good ones.
For every bad movie, he makes 2 good ones.
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