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Oct. 21, 2013by: 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: Runner Runner, Trouble with the Curve, In Time, Yogi Bear, The Open Road, The Love Guru, Black Snake Moan, Edison

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, with Runner Runner being a complete bomb with critics and movie goers, the prosecution has decided it's time to take a look at the film career of Mr. Justin Timberlake. The pop sensation has been dabbling in movies since 2005, and we should really put an end to this nonsense. Many musicians and singers who have tried their hand at acting have made it quite obvious that being an actor isn't their day job, and Mr. Timberlake is no exception.

While Mr. Timberlake may have plenty of natural charisma and does fairly well with comedy, it's his dramatic turns that leave a lot to be desired. Yes, he received quite a bit of acclaim for his performance in The Social Network, however that was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. My point? Without a strong director and script, Mr. Timberlake tends to struggle. Clint Eastwood is clearly a great director, but the script for Trouble with the Curve isn't that good, and Mr. Timberlake doesn't have the natural acting skills to rise above the weak writing. The Open Road isn't a completely terrible film, however it is very dull, and Mr. Timberlake is as bland as a sugar free desert in it. Black Snake Moan is a fine film, but Mr. Timberlake isn't believable or particularly good in it. And I'm 99% sure the only reason Southland Tales is on the defense's side is because of the scene where Mr. Timberlake lip syncs The Killers, which is completely in his wheelhouse (i.e. singing/dancing) and isn't actual proof of his talents as an actor.

Let's go back to his comedies though, because while they are the best things Mr. Timberlake has appeared in, it's not like these movies have been giant crowd pleasers or received outstanding reviews. The Love Guru is one of the laziest and worst comedies the prosecution has ever experienced, and Yogi Bear is painfully terrible. Bad Teacher might have been better received and did well in theaters, however the prosecution believes it was due to Cameron Diaz's performance in it, not Mr. Timberlake's.

Plus he was in *NSYNC. Need I say more? Send Mr. Justin Timberlake to Movie Jail.

The Defense: Friends With Benefits, Bad Teacher, The Social Network, Southland Tales, Alpha Dog, Appearances on SNL

Ladies and gentlemen, is the prosecution really using *NSYNC against my client? That was years ago dude, let it go. Just because your high school girlfriend had a crush on him then doesn't mean you can attack him now. Mr. Timberlake is actually one of the better examples of a singer moonlighting as an actor, and not just because of The Social Network. The prosecution claims Mr. Timberlake can't rise above weak writing or directing, yet in several films his performance has actually been quite good, even when the film hasn't been. Alpha Dogs comes to mind, and yes, so does the scene from Southland Tales because it's f*cking awesome.

We should remember that while Mr. Timberlake did start very young in television and music, the film industry is a completely different beast and his first role wasn't until 2005. He's talked multiple times about how he felt like a rookie when he first started working in the movie business, and like all rookies Mr. Timberlake has had his share of ups and downs. But he does have several things working in his favor. He's naturally funny (which should be obvious to anyone that has seen him on Saturday Night Live) and is incredibly charismatic. Mr. Timberlake also never comes across as taking himself or acting too seriously, and in general comes across as a very likable person.

Since Mr. Timberlake has spent most of his time on music, his filmography isn't as long or as varied as others over an eight year period, but the defense believes there is a lot of potential for him as an actor. The defense could very easily see him leaving the music industry completely in order to work on more films. Mr. Timberlake has worked with some excellent directors since his first film, and his next one is Inside Llewyn Davis with The Coen Brothers. Mr. Timberlake might not have picked the best projects to work on early in his career, but it looks like he's learned from his mistakes. If there's one singer-turned-actor that does not deserve Movie Jail, it's Mr. Timberlake.

IN CLOSING...

Is the jury going to make Justin Timberlake cry a river by sending him to Movie Jail? Or has he proven that his involvement with a film isn't just stunt casting? Did starring in The Social Network make up for appearing in craptastic offerings like The Love Guru? I ask you, the jury, is Justin Timberlake 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 has reached a verdict for last week's trial of Nicole Kidman: NOT GUILTY of all charges. In the end, the jury decided the actress is just way too talented (and hot) for Movie Jail. The jury made it clear that while she doesn't always appear in the best films, she almost always delivers and her crimes do not warrant her being sent to prison. Now run along Miss Kidman, and try to avoid starring in films like Trespass. You're better than that.

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

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

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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7:24AM on 10/25/2013

Guilty

Although his acting career isn't very long...I strongly believe that, without his musical background, he would have never landed those roles he played. I'm sure there are far better actors that don't get the chances he gets, just because they are not known yet. Is he a very bad actor? no.....is he good one? nope. Alpha dog was good, sure, I even liked In-time, but the latter would be far better, when played by e.g. Hardy or Cooper......I haven't seen SNL (I'm from Belgium, ;-) )
Although his acting career isn't very long...I strongly believe that, without his musical background, he would have never landed those roles he played. I'm sure there are far better actors that don't get the chances he gets, just because they are not known yet. Is he a very bad actor? no.....is he good one? nope. Alpha dog was good, sure, I even liked In-time, but the latter would be far better, when played by e.g. Hardy or Cooper......I haven't seen SNL (I'm from Belgium, ;-) )
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2:44AM on 10/24/2013

Guilty

This guy sucks!
This guy sucks!
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7:18PM on 10/23/2013
Guilty
Guilty
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3:41PM on 10/22/2013

Not Guilty

Justin surprised me years ago with "The Social Network" and still does today. Not a great actor, but a good singer/actor. Also, Justin, stay away from doing documentary movies. The promo you showed for your kids golf film, looked awful as a documentary and looked way to staged.
Also, take SNL off the defense list, that does not count.
Justin surprised me years ago with "The Social Network" and still does today. Not a great actor, but a good singer/actor. Also, Justin, stay away from doing documentary movies. The promo you showed for your kids golf film, looked awful as a documentary and looked way to staged.
Also, take SNL off the defense list, that does not count.
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1:44PM on 10/22/2013
Why is everyone saying "he's great on SNL." You know who else was great on SNL? Adam Sandler
Why is everyone saying "he's great on SNL." You know who else was great on SNL? Adam Sandler
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9:57AM on 10/22/2013

NOT GUILTY

Black Snake Moan in the prosecution? Mistrial.
Timberlake is consistently funny, and a surprisingly good actor. That he's even up for "movie jail" is ridiculous. I hate this bait-y articles, and yet I can't stay away.
Black Snake Moan in the prosecution? Mistrial.
Timberlake is consistently funny, and a surprisingly good actor. That he's even up for "movie jail" is ridiculous. I hate this bait-y articles, and yet I can't stay away.
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7:07AM on 10/22/2013

Guilty

Surprised he is liked on this site, he is awful.
Surprised he is liked on this site, he is awful.
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2:11AM on 10/22/2013

Not Guilty

He hasn't been great butnhe hasn't been bad. If we want to pick on singer turned actors put LLCoolJ up here
He hasn't been great butnhe hasn't been bad. If we want to pick on singer turned actors put LLCoolJ up here
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4:25PM on 10/22/2013
Why not?
Why not?
1:52AM on 10/22/2013

Not Guilty

Not guilty...In fact I think he is underused and underrated
Not guilty...In fact I think he is underused and underrated
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1:06AM on 10/22/2013
Guilty. And no parole. He's terrible. To the point that he pulls the viewer out of the embrace of the fantasy that is the movie. One minute you're watching a film, then he appears and I think "Oh yeah, it's that whiney douche muso again". The guy can't act, plain and simple. Any actor who can make a scene with a near naked Mila Kunis not hot is a tragedy to not be inflicted on mere men.
Guilty. And no parole. He's terrible. To the point that he pulls the viewer out of the embrace of the fantasy that is the movie. One minute you're watching a film, then he appears and I think "Oh yeah, it's that whiney douche muso again". The guy can't act, plain and simple. Any actor who can make a scene with a near naked Mila Kunis not hot is a tragedy to not be inflicted on mere men.
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12:28AM on 10/22/2013
A few years ago I would have said guilty without a doubt but based on his Lonely Island songs alone, he'll never be guilty. Those things are great.
A few years ago I would have said guilty without a doubt but based on his Lonely Island songs alone, he'll never be guilty. Those things are great.
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12:21AM on 10/22/2013
This guy is gulity, he is wicked overrated, some media outlets shower him with awards, magazine covers..he litterally things he is hot s--- . but we are not looking at defendant's personallity...but the movie career.

He is a terrible actor, has no range...he may be good for the occasinal late night appearence but needs to stick to imporving his music career, not his movie career.
This guy is gulity, he is wicked overrated, some media outlets shower him with awards, magazine covers..he litterally things he is hot s--- . but we are not looking at defendant's personallity...but the movie career.

He is a terrible actor, has no range...he may be good for the occasinal late night appearence but needs to stick to imporving his music career, not his movie career.
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8:57PM on 10/21/2013
Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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6:48PM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

The guy can only play himself, which gets boring after a while. He's ok in a supporting role, but really bland in a lead. When you look at the other guilty verdicts on this site, most achieved greatness at one point in his/her career. JT has a whole career of mediocrity. So while I'm kind of one the fence, I say guilty.
The guy can only play himself, which gets boring after a while. He's ok in a supporting role, but really bland in a lead. When you look at the other guilty verdicts on this site, most achieved greatness at one point in his/her career. JT has a whole career of mediocrity. So while I'm kind of one the fence, I say guilty.
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6:46PM on 10/21/2013
All the not guiltys are getting downvoted and all the guiltys are getting up-voted even though there seems to be a fair split of the two. Interesting.
All the not guiltys are getting downvoted and all the guiltys are getting up-voted even though there seems to be a fair split of the two. Interesting.
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6:35PM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

While some of the films Timberlake has started in have sucked, he's rarely (if ever) the cause of such; most of the time, he's a bright spot.

'The Love Guru' is a terrible comedy, but I did laugh at all of his scenes because he acted with such crazed energy it elevate those few moments. He's downright brilliant in 'Alpha Dog', and in my opinion, should have received more accolades for that. 'Friends With Benefits' only works because of it's cast. While he has yet to be truly OMG wow, he
While some of the films Timberlake has started in have sucked, he's rarely (if ever) the cause of such; most of the time, he's a bright spot.

'The Love Guru' is a terrible comedy, but I did laugh at all of his scenes because he acted with such crazed energy it elevate those few moments. He's downright brilliant in 'Alpha Dog', and in my opinion, should have received more accolades for that. 'Friends With Benefits' only works because of it's cast. While he has yet to be truly OMG wow, he easily has the potential to get there in the right role.
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5:58PM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

Boy Band star. 'nuff said
Boy Band star. 'nuff said
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5:21PM on 10/21/2013

I GUESS THE BAR IS TO HIGH.

People have called him "this generation's Frank Sinatra" so we expect a lot from him. Well... Are ALL Sinatra's movies good?

At 1st I was gonna say that it's too early too judge him (as others here have said), but then I read he's been in movies for 8 years, which is a long time. And most of his roles have been leading. Well, he's Not Guilty.

I can't say he's an excellent actor because I've yet to see an award-worthy performance from him (I don't think he was THAT good in THE SOCIAL
People have called him "this generation's Frank Sinatra" so we expect a lot from him. Well... Are ALL Sinatra's movies good?

At 1st I was gonna say that it's too early too judge him (as others here have said), but then I read he's been in movies for 8 years, which is a long time. And most of his roles have been leading. Well, he's Not Guilty.

I can't say he's an excellent actor because I've yet to see an award-worthy performance from him (I don't think he was THAT good in THE SOCIAL NETWORK). And I haven't seen EDISON (0% on R.T.!) nor RUNNER RUNNER. But he was good in BAD TEACHER. If it wasn't for him (and Mila Kunis), I think FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS would've sucked. And he made THE LOVE GURU and IN TIME passable. He couldn't save YOGI BEAR but nobody could have, and it doesn't matter because he tried his best. And his appearances on S.N.L. are usually the highlight of each season. I won't comment on BLACK SNAKE MOAN (a movie I'm not a fan of anyway) because I felt his role wasn't big enough.

I think he's a good example of how entertainers should cross-over. You see, he waited until N*Sync was done to be taken seriously. And others have taken note of that. For example: Although BURLESQUE was bad overall, critics agree that Christina Aguilera was quite good in it. That's because the filmmakers aren't convinced by the singers' managers that they're teen and/or children idols who will only be famous for a couple of years and so they have to make the movie fast to make a quick buck. The filmmakers actually try to get good performances from the singers.
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5:20PM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

It seems the prosecution has a weak case when it has to resort to bringing up NSYNC. This is inadmissible evidence and cannot be used in this case since the charges are in relation to crimes against the film world. Also, the above description of Movie Jail states: "...his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene." As the defense states, JT's first role wasn't until 2005. We're only giving him 8 years before putting him on trial? Seems
It seems the prosecution has a weak case when it has to resort to bringing up NSYNC. This is inadmissible evidence and cannot be used in this case since the charges are in relation to crimes against the film world. Also, the above description of Movie Jail states: "...his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene." As the defense states, JT's first role wasn't until 2005. We're only giving him 8 years before putting him on trial? Seems unfair when considering past defendants. I would also agree with the defense that JT seems like he has a lot of potential as an actor. He absolutely shines when given the right material. I think as times goes on JT will only get better.
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4:47PM on 10/21/2013
Double post - here's the vid that made me go from casually respecting his work to being a FAN. - [link]
Double post - here's the vid that made me go from casually respecting his work to being a FAN. - [link]
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4:47PM on 10/21/2013
The man is walking charisma, maybe the only actor and singer of the new millennium to have success as both.
The man is walking charisma, maybe the only actor and singer of the new millennium to have success as both.
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4:41PM on 10/21/2013

Not even close to guilty

Just an fyi, Timberlake just put out on awesome album. I also do not agree with NSYNC being used in the evidence for either side, but since this is about his film career. Actually go and look at his body of work as it is rather than judge it by your opinion of the guy.

He NEVER drags a film down no matter how bad it turns out, (which btw is not his fault) and he has a nice mix of comedy, drama, co-starring and starring roles. The man works way harder than a lot of actors. The verdict is
Just an fyi, Timberlake just put out on awesome album. I also do not agree with NSYNC being used in the evidence for either side, but since this is about his film career. Actually go and look at his body of work as it is rather than judge it by your opinion of the guy.

He NEVER drags a film down no matter how bad it turns out, (which btw is not his fault) and he has a nice mix of comedy, drama, co-starring and starring roles. The man works way harder than a lot of actors. The verdict is still out on him as an actor. He's NOT GUILTY.
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4:24PM on 10/21/2013

guiltay!!!

this dude. is a DOUCHE AND A HALF!
this dude. is a DOUCHE AND A HALF!
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3:44PM on 10/21/2013
Isn't he a little too new to the industry to go to movie jail already? Not guilty. He has yet to have a knockout role, but he has shown potential. And he's fairly entertaining in a lot of what he does. His SNL stuff alone shows that he just needs the right property.
Isn't he a little too new to the industry to go to movie jail already? Not guilty. He has yet to have a knockout role, but he has shown potential. And he's fairly entertaining in a lot of what he does. His SNL stuff alone shows that he just needs the right property.
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2:53PM on 10/21/2013
Bad Teacher belongs to the Defence? That was one of the worst comedies of the past decade!
But as for Justin, I think he has potentitial. Is he guilty or not? Ask me 10 years later. But for now, NOT GUILTY.
Bad Teacher belongs to the Defence? That was one of the worst comedies of the past decade!
But as for Justin, I think he has potentitial. Is he guilty or not? Ask me 10 years later. But for now, NOT GUILTY.
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2:41PM on 10/21/2013

NOT GUILTY

There are others worse out there. He could give a great turn in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
There are others worse out there. He could give a great turn in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
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2:13PM on 10/21/2013

How is this thing even up for trial?

It should be tortured to death in the most painful way possible. It gave one decent performance in Alpha Dog for the rest it's been stinking up a lot of potentially decent films and it even almost ruined the Social Network with that whiney schtick it has.
It should be tortured to death in the most painful way possible. It gave one decent performance in Alpha Dog for the rest it's been stinking up a lot of potentially decent films and it even almost ruined the Social Network with that whiney schtick it has.
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1:47PM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

The majority of his films aren't memorable or defining, in my opinion he is not a character driven actor and is just playing some dude. He did a nice job in Social Network, but when most of his work is small parts in comedies, that doesn't cut it. He's not a terrible actor, just not a very good one. Guilty
The majority of his films aren't memorable or defining, in my opinion he is not a character driven actor and is just playing some dude. He did a nice job in Social Network, but when most of his work is small parts in comedies, that doesn't cut it. He's not a terrible actor, just not a very good one. Guilty
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1:36PM on 10/21/2013

NOT GUILTY

First off, In Time was an awesome movie. Yeah, I said it. Secondly his role in Southland Tales was awesome. Probably the weirdest movie I've ever seen, but he was awesome in it.
First off, In Time was an awesome movie. Yeah, I said it. Secondly his role in Southland Tales was awesome. Probably the weirdest movie I've ever seen, but he was awesome in it.
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1:18PM on 10/21/2013

Not guily

Not guilty. Has some really great entertaining movies and it's still too early to tell how his career will turn out. Overall I'd give him a B.
Not guilty. Has some really great entertaining movies and it's still too early to tell how his career will turn out. Overall I'd give him a B.
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1:07PM on 10/21/2013
Not Guilty. Not a great actor but certainly not a bad one. He does have a couple of stinkers in his film line up but what actor doesnt.
Not Guilty. Not a great actor but certainly not a bad one. He does have a couple of stinkers in his film line up but what actor doesnt.
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12:57PM on 10/21/2013

not guilty

But he should stick to supporting roles, I don't know if he has the chops to be a lead. So funny on SNL and Jimmy Fallon skits.
But he should stick to supporting roles, I don't know if he has the chops to be a lead. So funny on SNL and Jimmy Fallon skits.
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12:47PM on 10/21/2013

Kind of guilty.

I liked him in Black Snake Moan. Sure, he was overshadowed by Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci, but it was a good role to get him off on the right foot. Having said that, while he as the right guy to play Sean Phillips, he's not exactly got star presence.

If I was evaluating his career as a whole, the guy has done well enough. His SNL appearances are always welcome. But as an actor he's better off in comedies and supporting roles (really looking forward to seeing him in Inside Llewyn
I liked him in Black Snake Moan. Sure, he was overshadowed by Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci, but it was a good role to get him off on the right foot. Having said that, while he as the right guy to play Sean Phillips, he's not exactly got star presence.

If I was evaluating his career as a whole, the guy has done well enough. His SNL appearances are always welcome. But as an actor he's better off in comedies and supporting roles (really looking forward to seeing him in Inside Llewyn Davis). I like the guy a lot. But they need to stop trying to make him into a regular leading man. He's just not.
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12:45PM on 10/21/2013

Gulity

Give this fucking turd the chair. The chair is a chair you are strapped into clockwork orange style and made to watch the complete works of JT over and over again.
Give this fucking turd the chair. The chair is a chair you are strapped into clockwork orange style and made to watch the complete works of JT over and over again.
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12:46PM on 10/21/2013
Gulity?
Gulity?
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12:42PM on 10/21/2013
Guilty. Not apt to be a staring role kind of actor at least, only for bit parts and comedies.
Guilty. Not apt to be a staring role kind of actor at least, only for bit parts and comedies.
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12:09PM on 10/21/2013

Movie Jail...

...not SNL or music jail. You are blending many types of jail here in hopes of making this guy credible of a true celluloid presence... which he doesn't have. In fact, he's pretty bad. Not a great actor, by any means.
He is SOOOOO GUILTY. If Timberlake gets off, I'll lose any respect I have for the readership of this site.
He. Is. Weak. And guilty!!!!
...not SNL or music jail. You are blending many types of jail here in hopes of making this guy credible of a true celluloid presence... which he doesn't have. In fact, he's pretty bad. Not a great actor, by any means.
He is SOOOOO GUILTY. If Timberlake gets off, I'll lose any respect I have for the readership of this site.
He. Is. Weak. And guilty!!!!
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1:09PM on 10/21/2013
Yeah. I don't understand how there are so many Timberlake supporters on here.
Yeah. I don't understand how there are so many Timberlake supporters on here.
12:04PM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

Guilty.
Guilty.
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11:50AM on 10/21/2013
the ONLY thing Timberlake is guilty of is not getting that career defining role. One of these days he going to get cast in a role that will blow everyone away.
the ONLY thing Timberlake is guilty of is not getting that career defining role. One of these days he going to get cast in a role that will blow everyone away.
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11:49AM on 10/21/2013

Not guilty

The fact you put Black Snake Moan as the prosecution and Southland Tales as the defense is pretty pathetic. That alone makes him not guilty. He's a good actor with some very good films under his belt.
The fact you put Black Snake Moan as the prosecution and Southland Tales as the defense is pretty pathetic. That alone makes him not guilty. He's a good actor with some very good films under his belt.
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11:48AM on 10/21/2013
You're kidding right? JT always brings it. he can do comedy and he can do serious. His "Cup of Soup" on SNL was so damn good he gets a lifetime pass.
You're kidding right? JT always brings it. he can do comedy and he can do serious. His "Cup of Soup" on SNL was so damn good he gets a lifetime pass.
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11:36AM on 10/21/2013
not guilty
not guilty
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11:33AM on 10/21/2013

Red or Green?

JoBlo.. I'm seeing lots of negative headlines that say both guilty and not guilty. Can you clarify which "rating" (hip to this news/ bad idea) equals which verdict? If this has been previously stated please forgive me
JoBlo.. I'm seeing lots of negative headlines that say both guilty and not guilty. Can you clarify which "rating" (hip to this news/ bad idea) equals which verdict? If this has been previously stated please forgive me
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1:09PM on 10/21/2013
Green is Not Guilty and Red is Guilty. Thats how Ive always seen it.
Green is Not Guilty and Red is Guilty. Thats how Ive always seen it.
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11:30AM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

I don't hate the guy, but the best thing most people ever say about singers turned actors is "they aren't that bad" or "they were better than I expected." Our expectations for them are incredibly low. But if he had to work his way up without his singing background he wouldn't have a chance. He's just box office bait, hire an actual actor.
I don't hate the guy, but the best thing most people ever say about singers turned actors is "they aren't that bad" or "they were better than I expected." Our expectations for them are incredibly low. But if he had to work his way up without his singing background he wouldn't have a chance. He's just box office bait, hire an actual actor.
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11:26AM on 10/21/2013
definitely not guilty, his acting is improving the more films he does and I've enjoyed a lot of the films he's been in
definitely not guilty, his acting is improving the more films he does and I've enjoyed a lot of the films he's been in
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11:23AM on 10/21/2013
Not guilty! He's a good one.
Not guilty! He's a good one.
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11:09AM on 10/21/2013
NOT GUILTY
NOT GUILTY
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10:41AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

He has proven when he is in a big movie with the right director he can thrive (SOCIAL NETWORK). If he had better role selection he would not even be considered for this column.
He has proven when he is in a big movie with the right director he can thrive (SOCIAL NETWORK). If he had better role selection he would not even be considered for this column.
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10:27AM on 10/21/2013
I like him in a supporting role, not necessarily the lead though. Not guilty.
I like him in a supporting role, not necessarily the lead though. Not guilty.
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10:25AM on 10/21/2013
Not guilty. He has not really done enough to warrant him even being on trial. He has had some damn good performances, which has surprised the hell out of me. He has talent and he is funny as hell. I think he has potential to become an extremely good actor but he does have some kinks to work out in finding style. His bad is mostly forgettable. And using bad director and weak script against him is not a sound prosecution, some damn good actors get trumped by those factors. Look at De Niro in
Not guilty. He has not really done enough to warrant him even being on trial. He has had some damn good performances, which has surprised the hell out of me. He has talent and he is funny as hell. I think he has potential to become an extremely good actor but he does have some kinks to work out in finding style. His bad is mostly forgettable. And using bad director and weak script against him is not a sound prosecution, some damn good actors get trumped by those factors. Look at De Niro in every comedy that he has done in the last ten years or think back Righteous Kill. Two of the finest actors ever and that movie was still absolute shit. Now Im not saying Timberlake is the same caliber as De Niro and Pacino but their later careers are proof at how strength of a director and script factor in a film's success. Timberlake has had some bad movies but they are honestly more forgettable than downright god awful. There is nothing bad enough to warrant Movie Jail.
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10:15AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

"Mr. Timberlake doesn't have the natural acting skills to rise above the weak writing." Nobody does. If a script is bad, there's no saving the film, and the actor especially won't save it, no matter who they are.
"Mr. Timberlake doesn't have the natural acting skills to rise above the weak writing." Nobody does. If a script is bad, there's no saving the film, and the actor especially won't save it, no matter who they are.
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9:58AM on 10/21/2013
Not Guilty. Get him in a Scorsese movie.
Not Guilty. Get him in a Scorsese movie.
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9:53AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

Half of the prosecution's movies are actually kind of good, and you can't use NSync as an argument because it has nothing to do with his acting career.
Half of the prosecution's movies are actually kind of good, and you can't use NSync as an argument because it has nothing to do with his acting career.
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9:33AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

Only seen him in Bad Teacher and In Time and based on that...it's got to be a not guilty verdict for me. Simpatico, really.
Only seen him in Bad Teacher and In Time and based on that...it's got to be a not guilty verdict for me. Simpatico, really.
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9:24AM on 10/21/2013
Guilty. Put him on a work release program where he stays on SNL as a regular till there is no longer a desire for him there.
Guilty. Put him on a work release program where he stays on SNL as a regular till there is no longer a desire for him there.
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9:09AM on 10/21/2013
Guilty. Solitary Confinement. If he really wants to shine, then give him comedy roles, not serious drama.
Guilty. Solitary Confinement. If he really wants to shine, then give him comedy roles, not serious drama.
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9:01AM on 10/21/2013

NOT GUILTY

In Time, Trouble With A Curve and Black Snake Moan were actually nice flicks, and JT's performances were not that bad. I'd say give him some more opportunities... he's still young.
Also, why would you crucify him for belonging to a boy's band?
Does that mean that you hate "This Is The End" just because Backstreet Boys show up in the end?
In Time, Trouble With A Curve and Black Snake Moan were actually nice flicks, and JT's performances were not that bad. I'd say give him some more opportunities... he's still young.
Also, why would you crucify him for belonging to a boy's band?
Does that mean that you hate "This Is The End" just because Backstreet Boys show up in the end?
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9:00AM on 10/21/2013

NOT GUILTY

...are you serious?

He's barely done anything, and most of it has just been intentionally not serious. That's how he is. When he puts himself into something, like SNL, he kills it. Dude is one classy mother fucker.
...are you serious?

He's barely done anything, and most of it has just been intentionally not serious. That's how he is. When he puts himself into something, like SNL, he kills it. Dude is one classy mother fucker.
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8:58AM on 10/21/2013

Huh?

His young career has been too inconsistent to vote one way or the other, says I. He's great in some stuff and just "eh" in others. Definitely never bad. So I guess not guilty.
His young career has been too inconsistent to vote one way or the other, says I. He's great in some stuff and just "eh" in others. Definitely never bad. So I guess not guilty.
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8:54AM on 10/21/2013
This fucker doesn't even deserve a trial. Guilty.
This fucker doesn't even deserve a trial. Guilty.
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8:48AM on 10/21/2013

GUILTY

Open and shut case.
Open and shut case.
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8:44AM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

He's great on SNL, however this is Movie Jail and his movies have not been up to snuff. In Time was terrible.
He's great on SNL, however this is Movie Jail and his movies have not been up to snuff. In Time was terrible.
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8:43AM on 10/21/2013

Not guilty

"Without a strong director and script, Mr. Timberlake tends to struggle."

Most actors struggle when the script and director aren't good. Case in point: Natalie Portman in the STAR WARS prequels. JT's movie choices aren't the greatest but he does solid work. He was the only good thing in LOVE GURU and his SNL appearances are always a highlight.
"Without a strong director and script, Mr. Timberlake tends to struggle."

Most actors struggle when the script and director aren't good. Case in point: Natalie Portman in the STAR WARS prequels. JT's movie choices aren't the greatest but he does solid work. He was the only good thing in LOVE GURU and his SNL appearances are always a highlight.
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8:41AM on 10/21/2013

100% Guilty

I was thinking about how bad thus guy's movies are the other day. Sure he has talent, but for the hype he gets, he's in bad, bad, bad movies. And really doesnt seem to have much range.
I was thinking about how bad thus guy's movies are the other day. Sure he has talent, but for the hype he gets, he's in bad, bad, bad movies. And really doesnt seem to have much range.
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8:28AM on 10/21/2013

Guilty

Th guy is talented, but just not in films. In music yes, in films, not so much. He's just not a good actor.
Th guy is talented, but just not in films. In music yes, in films, not so much. He's just not a good actor.
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9:11AM on 10/21/2013
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
8:19AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

While he isn't a real draw to any film, I did find him quite good as old Napster creator, Shawn Fanning. He's always hilarious on SNL and whenever The Lonely Island need him for a song or two.
While he isn't a real draw to any film, I did find him quite good as old Napster creator, Shawn Fanning. He's always hilarious on SNL and whenever The Lonely Island need him for a song or two.
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8:17AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

He's not generally the worst thing about the films he's in - I'm not sure his screen career has been so reprehensible that he deserves movie jail, and he's always had the potential to do good work.
To be fair I've not seen Yogi Bear - how was his Boo Boo?
He's not generally the worst thing about the films he's in - I'm not sure his screen career has been so reprehensible that he deserves movie jail, and he's always had the potential to do good work.
To be fair I've not seen Yogi Bear - how was his Boo Boo?
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9:33AM on 10/21/2013
Spot on.
Spot on.
8:14AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

I liked Trouble with The Curve, In Time, and Black Snake Moan.. I think he's not that best actor but he is certainly never the worst part of his movies. He was great in Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
I liked Trouble with The Curve, In Time, and Black Snake Moan.. I think he's not that best actor but he is certainly never the worst part of his movies. He was great in Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
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8:13AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

I liked Black Snake Moan and Trouble with the Curve.
The scene in BSM with Sam Jackson performing Stack-O-Lee was fantastic.
I liked Black Snake Moan and Trouble with the Curve.
The scene in BSM with Sam Jackson performing Stack-O-Lee was fantastic.
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8:10AM on 10/21/2013
I'm going with kinda guilty. I don't hate him, but I can see why he gets on the nerves of some. He's got decent comic timing and can only really play one kind of character (I think Sean Parker in The Social Network was essentially a heightened version of himself), but he isn't the worst singer to try to embark on a film career. Sure Yogi Bear was terrible, but Timberlake's Boo Boo voice was surprisingly spot on. I would rather he stay away from the role of the Riddler that he has expressed
I'm going with kinda guilty. I don't hate him, but I can see why he gets on the nerves of some. He's got decent comic timing and can only really play one kind of character (I think Sean Parker in The Social Network was essentially a heightened version of himself), but he isn't the worst singer to try to embark on a film career. Sure Yogi Bear was terrible, but Timberlake's Boo Boo voice was surprisingly spot on. I would rather he stay away from the role of the Riddler that he has expressed interest in.
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8:00AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

I find the defendant not guilty of all charges. He's actually a far better actor than I ever imagined he could be. As cited by Melvin, the films you put on the prosecution were not bad films due to a bad performance.

However, I do find this man guilty of being so damn dreamy.
I find the defendant not guilty of all charges. He's actually a far better actor than I ever imagined he could be. As cited by Melvin, the films you put on the prosecution were not bad films due to a bad performance.

However, I do find this man guilty of being so damn dreamy.
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7:49AM on 10/21/2013

Not Guilty

In Time and Trouble With The Curve were both decent flicks, and what flaws they did have had nothing to do with Mr. Timberlake. And I don't know what drunk prosecutor put Black Snake Moan in the prosecution list - its an underrated masterpiece and Timberlake is very good in it. Timberlake has not been in the acting business long enough to be brought up on charges. Every actor makes a few so-so or even bad movies early in their career. He is still finding his footing as an actor. I advise that
In Time and Trouble With The Curve were both decent flicks, and what flaws they did have had nothing to do with Mr. Timberlake. And I don't know what drunk prosecutor put Black Snake Moan in the prosecution list - its an underrated masterpiece and Timberlake is very good in it. Timberlake has not been in the acting business long enough to be brought up on charges. Every actor makes a few so-so or even bad movies early in their career. He is still finding his footing as an actor. I advise that the charges be dismissed.
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