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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Keanu Reeves!

Mar. 4, 2013by: 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 cinematic inconsistency or on the flipside, consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Keanu Reeves

The Case

The Prosecution: The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Lake House, Hardball, Sweet November, Johnny Mnemonic, Feeling Minnesota, The Watcher, Henry's Crime, Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, having just recently gone through The Matrix Trilogy again, we were struck by a few things. Firstly, there might not have been anyone more perfect for the Neo role, despite Mr. Reeves' sub par acting chops. In fact, he's so damn awful in a lot of movies, we wonder how he's lasted this long to begin with. Secondly, the lack of visibility Mr. Keanu Reeves has played in his career recently has us wondering if he's not some kind of Movie Jail Fugitive. Going through his most recent films, he's only done two features in the past few years (minus documentaries) and has another coming out in 2013. Shit, the only thing Mr. Reeves has been notorious for in some years is the Sad Keanu meme. Is this a legacy worth protecting? We think Mr. Reeves' incarceration is a long time coming, and hope the jury agrees.


The Defense: The Matrix Trilogy, The Devil's Advocate, Constantine, A Scanner Darkly, Bill & Ted 1 & 2, Thumbsucker, The Replacements (guilty pleasure), Speed, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Point Break, Speed*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, it's Keanu fucking Reeves. At this point, we know what we're getting with Mr. Reeves. The audience knows that and Hollywood knows that. So, if Mr. Reeves gives the audience what they want, what's the crime? Mr. Reeves has shown that he can do pretty well in various genres like Speed, The Devil's Advocate, Thumbsucker and let's not forget, he's responsible for one of the greatest series of movies ever. No, not The Matrix Trilogy, Bill & Ted! So, let's leave Mr. Reeves alone. He's got his own lonely bench in the world, so let's leave him be.


IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Keanu Reeves? Is it about time we throw his lack of emotion ass in jail? Since he obviously has fans and has been successful so far, does that deserve an immediate acquittal? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Keanu Reeves 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 Cuba Gooding Jr. GUILTY of all charges. While Mr. Gooding Jr. didn't have the luck of fellow straight to DVD star Val Kilmer did, there were a few brave souls who did vote for his acquittal. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to keep the Radio out of jail, and he'll be spending his remaining Hollywood career in the darkest corners of Movie Jail, contemplating where it all went wrong.

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3:02PM on 04/14/2014

NOT GUILTY

Keanu is a good actor. If you think he acts with no emotion, don't go with the public hype of this, close your eyes & listen to him. Sooooo not guilty, and for all the reasons others have already listed.
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Keanu is a good actor. If you think he acts with no emotion, don't go with the public hype of this, close your eyes & listen to him. Sooooo not guilty, and for all the reasons others have already listed.
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4:01AM on 03/10/2013

Also, for the extra tidbit...

...we need to lock Garry Marshall the fuck up. You know you're in for a bad film whenever you see the phrase "from the director of Pretty Woman." He had a success with that film which is one that some people seem to like, but it's hard to deny that most of the work he's done since is about as painful as it can get. And sure, he tends to stick to the same crappy romcom shtick, but that can be done WELL as opposed to just slapping the name of a guy who had one hit on it and coasting on
...we need to lock Garry Marshall the fuck up. You know you're in for a bad film whenever you see the phrase "from the director of Pretty Woman." He had a success with that film which is one that some people seem to like, but it's hard to deny that most of the work he's done since is about as painful as it can get. And sure, he tends to stick to the same crappy romcom shtick, but that can be done WELL as opposed to just slapping the name of a guy who had one hit on it and coasting on that.

And while we're on directors, Rob Reiner (haven't seen a flick of his since Princess Bride that I liked, and that IS including When Harry Met Sally), Ron Howard (I don't hate his films per se, but I'd say he really has a 50/50 track record as far as some of them being good. Also, his brother is far sexier), and Woody Allen. I don't think I have to clarify why Woody should have been locked up long ago (y'know, besides the being a piece of shit in real life thing).
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3:53AM on 03/10/2013

SO not guilty

He may not have the best range of any actor out there, but when he finds the right roles (Constantine comes to mind), he's just got this magnetism that can't be denied. Plus, bonus points for that scene in Johnny Mnemonic where he goes full-on Nicolas Cage and loses his shit.
He may not have the best range of any actor out there, but when he finds the right roles (Constantine comes to mind), he's just got this magnetism that can't be denied. Plus, bonus points for that scene in Johnny Mnemonic where he goes full-on Nicolas Cage and loses his shit.
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8:49PM on 03/09/2013

Not Guilty

Not the best actor around by a longshot, but damn it, he's a living legend.
Not the best actor around by a longshot, but damn it, he's a living legend.
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10:09PM on 03/05/2013

Eh, Not Guilty, Why not?

When in the right role, he works amazingly. He might've lost something on the way, but he's still enjoyable to watch sometimes.
When in the right role, he works amazingly. He might've lost something on the way, but he's still enjoyable to watch sometimes.
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5:49PM on 03/05/2013

its a shame he didnt make more action movies

Like him the most in those kind of movies, i never understood the comments that he's a bad actor, i for one didnt notice it untill some people said he acts static. That may be but it never bothered me and i like him as an actor. Speed and pointbreak were one of the few movies that when leaving the theather put a big smile on my face and made him and Swayze my favorite actorst
Like him the most in those kind of movies, i never understood the comments that he's a bad actor, i for one didnt notice it untill some people said he acts static. That may be but it never bothered me and i like him as an actor. Speed and pointbreak were one of the few movies that when leaving the theather put a big smile on my face and made him and Swayze my favorite actorst
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5:48PM on 03/05/2013

its a shame he didnt make more action movies

Like him the most in those kind of movies, i never understood the comments that he's a bad actor, i for one didnt notice it untill some people said he acts static. That may be but it never bothered me and i like him as an actor. Speed and pointbreak were one of the few movies that when leaving the theather put a big smile on my face and made him and Swayze my favorite actorst
Like him the most in those kind of movies, i never understood the comments that he's a bad actor, i for one didnt notice it untill some people said he acts static. That may be but it never bothered me and i like him as an actor. Speed and pointbreak were one of the few movies that when leaving the theather put a big smile on my face and made him and Swayze my favorite actorst
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5:22PM on 03/05/2013

Whoa!

Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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11:27AM on 03/05/2013

Not Guilty

Bill & Ted, The Replacements, Speed, the Matrix (1st one) Point Break, A Scanner Darkly? That's a solid defense. Also let us add Freaked to the defense.

Tidbit: LL Cool J
Bill & Ted, The Replacements, Speed, the Matrix (1st one) Point Break, A Scanner Darkly? That's a solid defense. Also let us add Freaked to the defense.

Tidbit: LL Cool J
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11:16AM on 03/05/2013

Oh c'mon...

There wasn't even the remotest possibility of him being found guilty. Ever. The Matrix is my favorite film of all time.

Extra tidbit: Michael fucking Cera (if only we could really lock him away)
There wasn't even the remotest possibility of him being found guilty. Ever. The Matrix is my favorite film of all time.

Extra tidbit: Michael fucking Cera (if only we could really lock him away)
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10:15AM on 03/05/2013

Not Guilty

People tend to have a problem of how he sounds, acting ability has never been an issue.
People tend to have a problem of how he sounds, acting ability has never been an issue.
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9:22AM on 03/05/2013

Not Guilty..

I'm starting to think JoBlo is just randomly picking actors out of a hat for this category lately.
I'm starting to think JoBlo is just randomly picking actors out of a hat for this category lately.
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9:10AM on 03/05/2013

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Michael Cera
Michael Cera
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10:12AM on 03/05/2013
I agree, soooo overrated, plays the same character almost everytime.
I agree, soooo overrated, plays the same character almost everytime.
8:26AM on 03/05/2013

Unguilted

Any actor has their share of turkeys, but the fact is Reeves has been in some pretty awesome films over the years, and hasn't diminished their appeal by his performances, so I've got to go with Not Guilty on this. Also this article has made me want to watch A Scanner Darkly again - that's a movie I need to watch more often.
Having said that, his performance in Bram Stoker's Dracula should be in the prosecution, but I guess that's partly him being miscast.
Any actor has their share of turkeys, but the fact is Reeves has been in some pretty awesome films over the years, and hasn't diminished their appeal by his performances, so I've got to go with Not Guilty on this. Also this article has made me want to watch A Scanner Darkly again - that's a movie I need to watch more often.
Having said that, his performance in Bram Stoker's Dracula should be in the prosecution, but I guess that's partly him being miscast.
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7:02AM on 03/05/2013

Not Guilty

And I liked Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction.
And I liked Johnny Mnemonic and Chain Reaction.
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5:19AM on 03/05/2013

Not guilty by a long shot.

I'm a big Keanu fan. The guy's delivered his share of subpar performances, but he's also been terrific (Speed, The Devil's Advocate, Street Kings) and he has a knack for picking entertaining projects that I look forward to seeing. Maybe best of all, he has such an immensely likeable screen presence that just makes him so easy to root for. He shouldn't even be a defendant.
I'm a big Keanu fan. The guy's delivered his share of subpar performances, but he's also been terrific (Speed, The Devil's Advocate, Street Kings) and he has a knack for picking entertaining projects that I look forward to seeing. Maybe best of all, he has such an immensely likeable screen presence that just makes him so easy to root for. He shouldn't even be a defendant.
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5:02AM on 03/05/2013

Not guilty

Oh, and add Johnny Mnemonic to the defence.
Oh, and add Johnny Mnemonic to the defence.
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4:42AM on 03/05/2013

Nice!

I love the unanimous verdict. Keanu is an awesome dude. He's humble in real life, and always pleasant or fun to watch in movies.
I love the unanimous verdict. Keanu is an awesome dude. He's humble in real life, and always pleasant or fun to watch in movies.
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4:13AM on 03/05/2013

Seriously, Jonah Hill

How many actors actually seem to be less appealing because they dropped weight?
How many actors actually seem to be less appealing because they dropped weight?
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4:10AM on 03/05/2013

Not guilty

I have always argued that Keanu is a horrible actor, in the conventional sense. However, if you watch movies for entertainment first and foremost, and can keep the drama student mentality that all films must be art at bay, I would say that Keanu entertains fairly consistently. Also, the fact that he seems to be a genuinely nice/friendly dude amongst the world of the self important/delusional Hollywood types goes a long way. He seems like a real guy in a world of lies. Not guilty, by a mile. --
I have always argued that Keanu is a horrible actor, in the conventional sense. However, if you watch movies for entertainment first and foremost, and can keep the drama student mentality that all films must be art at bay, I would say that Keanu entertains fairly consistently. Also, the fact that he seems to be a genuinely nice/friendly dude amongst the world of the self important/delusional Hollywood types goes a long way. He seems like a real guy in a world of lies. Not guilty, by a mile. -- Next: Jonah Hill
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3:45AM on 03/05/2013
Why guilty? Not guilty of course. The guy's never really done anything to destroy his career, nor has he really done anything to attempt to become some award winning thespian. He's acted in a handful of entertaining films and even starred in a few classic action and comedy pieces. He can do a decent job acting when give the right part and a chance, and he's even gone against type a few times, even when it didn't really work out. Can't fault a guy for doing his job and enjoying it. Plus, he's
Why guilty? Not guilty of course. The guy's never really done anything to destroy his career, nor has he really done anything to attempt to become some award winning thespian. He's acted in a handful of entertaining films and even starred in a few classic action and comedy pieces. He can do a decent job acting when give the right part and a chance, and he's even gone against type a few times, even when it didn't really work out. Can't fault a guy for doing his job and enjoying it. Plus, he's Neo, and you can't throw Neo in jail.
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2:19AM on 03/05/2013

Mr. Reeves is NOT GUILTY!

Not Guilty...but I do think he needs some Movie Rehab. While its true that we know exactly what we will get out of Keanu Reeves, his movie role decision making hasnt been the greatest lately...dont get me wrong he does have a bunch of good movies to his resume...but I'd like to see him again in another kick-ass movie soon.
Not Guilty...but I do think he needs some Movie Rehab. While its true that we know exactly what we will get out of Keanu Reeves, his movie role decision making hasnt been the greatest lately...dont get me wrong he does have a bunch of good movies to his resume...but I'd like to see him again in another kick-ass movie soon.
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12:30AM on 03/05/2013

Not Even A Little Guilty

While his range might be limited, it's nice to see him jump around from genre to genre and try (not trying is the guiltiest of sins!). Most of his movies have been at the very least, watchable/ mediocre. His good films have been absolutely great on the other hand. 'Chain Reaction' is underrated!
While his range might be limited, it's nice to see him jump around from genre to genre and try (not trying is the guiltiest of sins!). Most of his movies have been at the very least, watchable/ mediocre. His good films have been absolutely great on the other hand. 'Chain Reaction' is underrated!
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10:16PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

He might not be the greatest actor, but for the most part I think he's improved over the years and it shows in his roles (even if some of the films aren't his best). And hey, he had enough sense to not do Speed 2.
He might not be the greatest actor, but for the most part I think he's improved over the years and it shows in his roles (even if some of the films aren't his best). And hey, he had enough sense to not do Speed 2.
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10:10PM on 03/04/2013

NOT GUILTY

Not Guilty. The dude commits to his roles on a Nick Cage level. Hell his turn in Constantine alone buys him like six or seven bad movies before I get upset.

He also did Point Break and the Matrix. Along with Constantine, those three movies alone are better than most actor's resumes.
Not Guilty. The dude commits to his roles on a Nick Cage level. Hell his turn in Constantine alone buys him like six or seven bad movies before I get upset.

He also did Point Break and the Matrix. Along with Constantine, those three movies alone are better than most actor's resumes.
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10:16PM on 03/04/2013
Oh shit I forgot about the Replacements. I could watch that movie every day. Man, Keanu kicks ass.

I wanna pat Keanu on the back and remind him that "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. And glory lasts forever."
Oh shit I forgot about the Replacements. I could watch that movie every day. Man, Keanu kicks ass.

I wanna pat Keanu on the back and remind him that "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. And glory lasts forever."
10:17AM on 03/05/2013
I'd watch The Replacements everyday just because that cheerleader is so hot.
I'd watch The Replacements everyday just because that cheerleader is so hot.
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10:05PM on 03/04/2013
"Street Kings" was very gritty underrated cop movie. It should be on the defense list.
"Street Kings" was very gritty underrated cop movie. It should be on the defense list.
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9:46PM on 03/04/2013
Not guilty at all. A better actor than he's given credit for, and someone who shuns the celebrity lifestyle and the limelight and has had a fair amount of hardship to deal with in his personal life. He seems to be very focused as an actor even if he does seem to lack charisma onscreen at times. And he's also got the iconic characters of Neo and Ted Logan under his belt!
Not guilty at all. A better actor than he's given credit for, and someone who shuns the celebrity lifestyle and the limelight and has had a fair amount of hardship to deal with in his personal life. He seems to be very focused as an actor even if he does seem to lack charisma onscreen at times. And he's also got the iconic characters of Neo and Ted Logan under his belt!
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9:43PM on 03/04/2013

Guilty?

Wow, I did not expect this much love for Keanu. When I recommended him last week I was sure his ass was guilty, or at least would be a good debate but everyone here loves this guy. I'll admit the first Matrix was amazing, but 2 & 3 were just nonsense. Speed was great but that was 1994. Bill and Ted, well those are timeless classics, but Keanu is only good because he is playing a complete dumb-ass. When you think about it Keanu has pretty much played Ted in every movie he has ever done, or
Wow, I did not expect this much love for Keanu. When I recommended him last week I was sure his ass was guilty, or at least would be a good debate but everyone here loves this guy. I'll admit the first Matrix was amazing, but 2 & 3 were just nonsense. Speed was great but that was 1994. Bill and Ted, well those are timeless classics, but Keanu is only good because he is playing a complete dumb-ass. When you think about it Keanu has pretty much played Ted in every movie he has ever done, or worse he's not acting at all and he is Ted in real life. He's not a good actor he is just...there. I say let him do Bill and Ted 3 and then get rid of him.
Next week: finish off the trio of actors with weird names: first Cuba,then Keanu, and now Shia LeBouf
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6:53PM on 03/05/2013
I don't mind the down votes, hell I expected them. I'm not even THAT against Keanu, and could be swayed to let him stick around, BUT it does get to me that 75% of the comments state that Keanu is a bad actor, or has limited range, yet they say not guilty because they like one or two of his movies a lot and think he might be a nice guy in real life. This to me does not warrant a get out of jail free card.
I don't mind the down votes, hell I expected them. I'm not even THAT against Keanu, and could be swayed to let him stick around, BUT it does get to me that 75% of the comments state that Keanu is a bad actor, or has limited range, yet they say not guilty because they like one or two of his movies a lot and think he might be a nice guy in real life. This to me does not warrant a get out of jail free card.
9:31PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

A good percent of his movies entertain me. He isn't a great actor, but he's a consistent one that doesn't go Nicholas Cage routes.
A good percent of his movies entertain me. He isn't a great actor, but he's a consistent one that doesn't go Nicholas Cage routes.
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9:18PM on 03/04/2013

Not guilty

He may not be the best actor in the world but he (or his agent) picks great scripts. This is Neo we're talking about here. And Johnny Utah. And John Constantine. And MF'ing Ted Theodore Logan! Whoa.
He may not be the best actor in the world but he (or his agent) picks great scripts. This is Neo we're talking about here. And Johnny Utah. And John Constantine. And MF'ing Ted Theodore Logan! Whoa.
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9:05PM on 03/04/2013

not guilty

the reeves just needs an awesome comeback movie. can't wait to see what he does in the future.
the reeves just needs an awesome comeback movie. can't wait to see what he does in the future.
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5:35PM on 03/04/2013
Cool breeze can never be found guilty, especially if bill and ted 3 happens
Cool breeze can never be found guilty, especially if bill and ted 3 happens
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5:10PM on 03/04/2013
There's something about him that I like, despite poor acting. I really liked Side By Side, the documentary about film vs digital.

Soooo not guilty.
There's something about him that I like, despite poor acting. I really liked Side By Side, the documentary about film vs digital.

Soooo not guilty.
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5:09PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

his the one.
his the one.
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4:38PM on 03/04/2013

not guilty

I mean come on Bill & ted, The Matrix & &The Replacements is such an underrated gem. The man can actually well act. You guys want proof, go watch The Gift & see how creepy his character is, you will never believe thats Neo or Ted.
I mean come on Bill & ted, The Matrix & &The Replacements is such an underrated gem. The man can actually well act. You guys want proof, go watch The Gift & see how creepy his character is, you will never believe thats Neo or Ted.
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4:31PM on 03/04/2013

Not guilty.

The man is incredibly intelligent and his good stuff vastly outweighs his bad stuff.
The man is incredibly intelligent and his good stuff vastly outweighs his bad stuff.
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4:24PM on 03/04/2013

not guilty

Only because i think "Man of Tai Chi" could make him the next Affleck or McConaghey. He's had a few more misses than hits, but even some of the bad movies can be guilty pleasures (Hardball, The Replacements) and has created some iconic movies on more than one occasion (Matrix, Bill and Ted, Speed, Point Break). He's a very unique actor that i think still has to potential to surprise us.

But if "Man of Tai Chi" flops i think i'd switch over to guilty.
Only because i think "Man of Tai Chi" could make him the next Affleck or McConaghey. He's had a few more misses than hits, but even some of the bad movies can be guilty pleasures (Hardball, The Replacements) and has created some iconic movies on more than one occasion (Matrix, Bill and Ted, Speed, Point Break). He's a very unique actor that i think still has to potential to surprise us.

But if "Man of Tai Chi" flops i think i'd switch over to guilty.
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3:51PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

Come on, it's Keanu Reeves. What is there to dislike about this guy?
Come on, it's Keanu Reeves. What is there to dislike about this guy?
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3:40PM on 03/04/2013

He is our Keanu Reeves (Not Guilty)

One day when the world is in peril, he will save us all and then you will all say "The Replacements was a pretty damn good movie, Sorry Keanu".
One day when the world is in peril, he will save us all and then you will all say "The Replacements was a pretty damn good movie, Sorry Keanu".
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3:30PM on 03/04/2013

Not even close to being GUILTY

He is the definition of guilty pleasure. Here's the difference between under achievement and jail, Keanu doesn't put out shit just to gain a paycheck all the time. Look at the majority of the convicted above. They simply put out a lot of swill just to gain a paycheck or they are under the delusions that what they are doing is what we want to see. Keanu doesn't do that. He tries things. Sure, he makes some money on the side, but he is Neo, Shane Falcco, Johnny Utah and Theodore Logan (The Duke
He is the definition of guilty pleasure. Here's the difference between under achievement and jail, Keanu doesn't put out shit just to gain a paycheck all the time. Look at the majority of the convicted above. They simply put out a lot of swill just to gain a paycheck or they are under the delusions that what they are doing is what we want to see. Keanu doesn't do that. He tries things. Sure, he makes some money on the side, but he is Neo, Shane Falcco, Johnny Utah and Theodore Logan (The Duke of Ted). This man does no good behind bars.
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3:26PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

Put zac Efron on the stand next!
Put zac Efron on the stand next!
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3:24PM on 03/04/2013

No way this most excellent dude is guilty

Leave him be to make triumphant movies... next!
Leave him be to make triumphant movies... next!
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3:09PM on 03/04/2013

NOT guilty

Henry's Crime wasn't bad at all, considering its small budget and simple intentions.
I don't know if Keanu is a bad actor. Whenever he acts, even if it's not a wide range of emotions, it doesn't feel like acting. I know people in real life who have the same sort of calmness that Keanu has, and they're not acting. So when I see Keanu being Keanu in every role, it feels natural. It's not bad acting. It's the same performance every time, but it's genuine.
At any rate, we shouldn't put him in
Henry's Crime wasn't bad at all, considering its small budget and simple intentions.
I don't know if Keanu is a bad actor. Whenever he acts, even if it's not a wide range of emotions, it doesn't feel like acting. I know people in real life who have the same sort of calmness that Keanu has, and they're not acting. So when I see Keanu being Keanu in every role, it feels natural. It's not bad acting. It's the same performance every time, but it's genuine.
At any rate, we shouldn't put him in jail, because when he gets out, he's going to rob a bank with the help of James Caan.
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2:44PM on 03/04/2013

Guilty... of having a terrible beard but overall

NOT GUILTY of course. The man is not a great actor, not by a long shot, but he can pick a project and he does have an honest passion for his job. Plus he did some of my favorite movies of all-time - The Bill and Ted movies, The Matrix, Speed and of course Point Break. Anyone of them is a prime case for his defense. All of them combined make it a no-brainer
NOT GUILTY of course. The man is not a great actor, not by a long shot, but he can pick a project and he does have an honest passion for his job. Plus he did some of my favorite movies of all-time - The Bill and Ted movies, The Matrix, Speed and of course Point Break. Anyone of them is a prime case for his defense. All of them combined make it a no-brainer
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2:40PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

Great to see a lot of love for Reeves here.
Great to see a lot of love for Reeves here.
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2:18PM on 03/04/2013

this is getting old.

when is the last time this article actually got a split decision on it's fan base? Look at the last several cases, Cuba, Pachino, Heigl, Marlon Waynes... MARLON WAYNES?!?!?! Mr. Moreno why not take some time and actually put up someone noteworthy where the logic isn't completely one sided. What's next week, George Lucas? Maybe Harrison Ford, or Tarentino perhaps?

My Verdict: Not Guilty with the justice system being put in question.

As for the tidbit, Seth Rogan, Judd Apatow, or why not
when is the last time this article actually got a split decision on it's fan base? Look at the last several cases, Cuba, Pachino, Heigl, Marlon Waynes... MARLON WAYNES?!?!?! Mr. Moreno why not take some time and actually put up someone noteworthy where the logic isn't completely one sided. What's next week, George Lucas? Maybe Harrison Ford, or Tarentino perhaps?

My Verdict: Not Guilty with the justice system being put in question.

As for the tidbit, Seth Rogan, Judd Apatow, or why not put a movie like Blair Witch or franchise like Transformers. That at least sparks some debate rather than a 1 sided argument.
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2:52PM on 03/04/2013
Thanks bro. You got the job! [link]
Thanks bro. You got the job! [link]
3:28PM on 03/04/2013
internet logic, when you get called out on something, either reply with a momma joke or post a gif.

I guess there's no sense defending your choice to put up Keanu. Why would you? I mean the replies as to how split the readers are on this article or ones prior is enough evidence. Also, I'm not asking you to stop writing this bit, far from it, just make better choices as to who you put on trial. It's called criticism, use it to make yourself a better writer for the site.
internet logic, when you get called out on something, either reply with a momma joke or post a gif.

I guess there's no sense defending your choice to put up Keanu. Why would you? I mean the replies as to how split the readers are on this article or ones prior is enough evidence. Also, I'm not asking you to stop writing this bit, far from it, just make better choices as to who you put on trial. It's called criticism, use it to make yourself a better writer for the site.
4:17PM on 03/04/2013
Dude, just chill I'm fucking around with you. I appreciate your feedback every week, even when I don't always agree.
Dude, just chill I'm fucking around with you. I appreciate your feedback every week, even when I don't always agree.
2:16PM on 03/04/2013
I actually like Hardball, like The Replacements a guilty pleasure. Say what you want about the guy but he makes some good movies. Not Guilty.
I actually like Hardball, like The Replacements a guilty pleasure. Say what you want about the guy but he makes some good movies. Not Guilty.
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2:12PM on 03/04/2013

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The Matrix says it all. Nothing that outrageous of a concept would succeed as well as it did with him and he really hasnt made much since then. Constantine was decent and he wasn't the issue with it, it was the studio who decided to make him American and change some of his character.
The Matrix says it all. Nothing that outrageous of a concept would succeed as well as it did with him and he really hasnt made much since then. Constantine was decent and he wasn't the issue with it, it was the studio who decided to make him American and change some of his character.
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1:57PM on 03/04/2013

Guilty, because....

Only Matrix 1, Dracula and Speed (all "old" movies by this date) count in the "defense column" for certain.
The PROSECUTION COLUMN should easily have been the ones to claim:
- Matrix 2 and 3
- Bill & Ted 2
Only Matrix 1, Dracula and Speed (all "old" movies by this date) count in the "defense column" for certain.
The PROSECUTION COLUMN should easily have been the ones to claim:
- Matrix 2 and 3
- Bill & Ted 2
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3:57PM on 03/04/2013
I object!
I object!
7:33AM on 03/05/2013
I object to your objection! :)

But I do want to add that, unmentioned above, "PARENTHOOD" actually falls into the "DEFENSE" column. Fresh out of Bill and Ted, Keaneau played his part perfectly and made the movie better.

Still that is "old" and I stand by "guilty" of recent shitty movies.
I object to your objection! :)

But I do want to add that, unmentioned above, "PARENTHOOD" actually falls into the "DEFENSE" column. Fresh out of Bill and Ted, Keaneau played his part perfectly and made the movie better.

Still that is "old" and I stand by "guilty" of recent shitty movies.
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1:27PM on 03/04/2013

Guilty

Eh. Because no one else will :P
Eh. Because no one else will :P
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1:33PM on 03/04/2013
move along troll
move along troll
2:03PM on 03/04/2013
This will count as a non-guilty.
This will count as a non-guilty.
1:27PM on 03/04/2013
Not guilty.
For starters, he has a bunch of great films that you acknowledged. However, you somehow managed to mislabel some of his films, as well. 'Hardball' is actually really good. 'Johnny Mneumonic' is odd, and definitely no classic, but worth watching.
Not guilty.
For starters, he has a bunch of great films that you acknowledged. However, you somehow managed to mislabel some of his films, as well. 'Hardball' is actually really good. 'Johnny Mneumonic' is odd, and definitely no classic, but worth watching.
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1:18PM on 03/04/2013

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Point Break, dude. Enough said.
Point Break, dude. Enough said.
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12:57PM on 03/04/2013

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Johnny Mnemonic should not be on the prosecution list because most movie goers have no idea a Japanese Uncut version exist. The Uncut Japanese version is basically a different movie because it actually builds on Dolph Lungren's street preacher (best character) which the original movie print lacked. Sony (Production company) cut 90% of Dolph's character out of the movie cause they felt it was offensive to religion. In the Uncut film Dolph's street preacher character back story is revealed where
Johnny Mnemonic should not be on the prosecution list because most movie goers have no idea a Japanese Uncut version exist. The Uncut Japanese version is basically a different movie because it actually builds on Dolph Lungren's street preacher (best character) which the original movie print lacked. Sony (Production company) cut 90% of Dolph's character out of the movie cause they felt it was offensive to religion. In the Uncut film Dolph's street preacher character back story is revealed where he is preaching stark naked to churches full of women whoa re afflicted with the weird disease in the movie.
I pasted below more scenes which were removed and tweaked in the American version.
There are three extended scenes revolving around the character of Takahashi, as the actor portraying this character, Takeshi Kitano, is a popular [link] in Japan. These scenes include: Takahashi sitting in what appears to be his late daughter's room, watching a 3D hologram of his daughter playing; Takahashi watching a videotape of his daughter while self-medicating, and Takahashi killing two of Shinji's henchmen as punishment for bringing them under his command without permission.
A number of other differences exist in the Japanese version. There is no "laser" effect added to the opening text, which is plain, white and scrolling. The scene near the beginning with the protesters is longer, with extensive crane shots and the voice of a news anchor in the background. There is a scene added in the Beijing Hotel where Johnny obtains the "memory doubler" from a dealer who informs him that he was unable to get an upgrade as advanced as was originally agreed upon. In the scene in the mens restroom at the club where Ralphie (Udo Kier) yells at his bodyguard for hitting Johnny on the head, the bodyguard states that it had been a long time since she was in this room. In the book, the Dog Sisters (bodyguards) are muscle grafted creations, and are lovers, one of whom was originally a man. Jane refers to her grenade as a "bottle opener" on two different occasions instead of the US dialogue that refers to it simply as a grenade. The Street Preacher (also known as Karl Honig and played by Dolph Lundgren) character has an added scene where he is addressing his followers where he claims to have been "stricken by the sickness that devours the silver pathways of the soul," and has been healed by the Lord making him "post-human." He then notices Takahashi's henchmen arriving with a cryogenic container (for Johnny's head) and tells his followers that he must now leave to meditate. Throughout the movie, his character has a few extra lines that are shouted out during action scenes.
There are minor additions (usually less than a second or two in length) throughout the film. The scenes where the troops storm the bridge near have been edited resulting in a slightly different order of events. The final "hack your own brain" sequence has also been similarly edited with the inclusion of altered dialogue.
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12:53PM on 03/04/2013

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Keanu Reeves has always been Keanu Reeves. Let's let him keep his freedom.
Keanu Reeves has always been Keanu Reeves. Let's let him keep his freedom.
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12:51PM on 03/04/2013

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Maybe he doesn't have a wide range of emotions on screen, it always seems he's been able to entertain me in his movies.
Maybe he doesn't have a wide range of emotions on screen, it always seems he's been able to entertain me in his movies.
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12:48PM on 03/04/2013

NOT GUILTY

what the hell, Reeves should be fucking untouchable. He doesn't sign on to crappy projects willingly, there's genuine drive to make something good.
The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Lake House, Hardball, Sweet November, Johnny Mnemonic, Henry's Crime, Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds* Are all ranging from okay to good in my book.
what the hell, Reeves should be fucking untouchable. He doesn't sign on to crappy projects willingly, there's genuine drive to make something good.
The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Lake House, Hardball, Sweet November, Johnny Mnemonic, Henry's Crime, Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds* Are all ranging from okay to good in my book.
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12:48PM on 03/04/2013

No way...

Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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12:45PM on 03/04/2013
Speed, Point Break, Bill & Ted, The Matrix. These films alone make me want to say NOT GUILTY!
Speed, Point Break, Bill & Ted, The Matrix. These films alone make me want to say NOT GUILTY!
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12:39PM on 03/04/2013
Most def NOT GUILTY!!
Most def NOT GUILTY!!
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12:36PM on 03/04/2013

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er...for the defense, My Own Private Idaho people!!!
I still agree not guilty, but he was terrible in Bram Stoker's Dracula!!
er...for the defense, My Own Private Idaho people!!!
I still agree not guilty, but he was terrible in Bram Stoker's Dracula!!
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12:36PM on 03/04/2013

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Johnny Mnemonic is a guilty pleasure, especially with Dolph Lundgren chewing up scenery almost as much as Henry Rollins.
Johnny Mnemonic is a guilty pleasure, especially with Dolph Lundgren chewing up scenery almost as much as Henry Rollins.
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12:34PM on 03/04/2013

not guilty

not guilty
not guilty
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12:33PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

The Matrix was such a huge interest for me when I was younger that I cannot abide a guilty vote. Point Break is a flick I constantly rewatch.
The Matrix was such a huge interest for me when I was younger that I cannot abide a guilty vote. Point Break is a flick I constantly rewatch.
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12:22PM on 03/04/2013
Not Guilty. Not even close.

He has made so many great films that I enjoy including the Matrix Trilogy, The Replacements, Street Kings, Constantine, Speed, and the Bill and Ted films. The guy is a really good actor with a lot of good quality to his resume.
Not Guilty. Not even close.

He has made so many great films that I enjoy including the Matrix Trilogy, The Replacements, Street Kings, Constantine, Speed, and the Bill and Ted films. The guy is a really good actor with a lot of good quality to his resume.
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12:20PM on 03/04/2013
Not guilty, love the guy. He's a terrific actor when called upon and just a lot of fun to watch. Be awesome to eachother, party on dude!
Not guilty, love the guy. He's a terrific actor when called upon and just a lot of fun to watch. Be awesome to eachother, party on dude!
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12:16PM on 03/04/2013
Not guilty - his duds were smaller movies and barely made a blip on the radar. His successes are great movies and he seems to go into them with full force. You can tell he's passionate about his projects and it's a shame that 47 Ronin is having so many problems, because it was looking like it could be something epic.
Not guilty - his duds were smaller movies and barely made a blip on the radar. His successes are great movies and he seems to go into them with full force. You can tell he's passionate about his projects and it's a shame that 47 Ronin is having so many problems, because it was looking like it could be something epic.
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12:10PM on 03/04/2013
not guilty
not guilty
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12:01PM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty...

Sure, he'll never be nominated for an academy award, but he's a free man as far as I'm concerned....
Sure, he'll never be nominated for an academy award, but he's a free man as far as I'm concerned....
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11:56AM on 03/04/2013

Not guilty

Great guy, not guilty, love his movies, maybe not the greatest actor alive but at least a very passionate one.
Great guy, not guilty, love his movies, maybe not the greatest actor alive but at least a very passionate one.
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11:50AM on 03/04/2013

Not Guilty

And you have Johnny Mnemonic listed on the wrong side.
And you have Johnny Mnemonic listed on the wrong side.
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11:50AM on 03/04/2013

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While Reeves may seem like a deadpan actor, I think he is vastly underrated and gives his characters a lot of depth and heart. Also, the kung fu movies that he is working on now (47 Ronin, Man of Tai Chi) are sure to be awesome.
While Reeves may seem like a deadpan actor, I think he is vastly underrated and gives his characters a lot of depth and heart. Also, the kung fu movies that he is working on now (47 Ronin, Man of Tai Chi) are sure to be awesome.
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11:43AM on 03/04/2013
Every single black actor that has been considered on this list has been found guilty.

What does this say about Hollywood? And no, I'm not calling JoBlo readers racist.
Every single black actor that has been considered on this list has been found guilty.

What does this say about Hollywood? And no, I'm not calling JoBlo readers racist.
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11:50AM on 03/04/2013
It doesn't say anything about Hollywood. It's the actors who choose shitty projects or weren't that good to begin with.
It doesn't say anything about Hollywood. It's the actors who choose shitty projects or weren't that good to begin with.
4:10PM on 03/04/2013
It probably says more about the color of people commenting on these boards. I'm willing to bet we're mostly white. So when it comes down to say, Nic Cage, us whitey's have a fond remembrance of H.I. and Caster Troy so we give him a slide based on nostalgia. But when you have Ice Cube, many of us whiteys don't have a nostalgia feeling towards him even though he's been around since the late '80s, just not in whiteys cultural radar. So he gets voted guilty.
It probably says more about the color of people commenting on these boards. I'm willing to bet we're mostly white. So when it comes down to say, Nic Cage, us whitey's have a fond remembrance of H.I. and Caster Troy so we give him a slide based on nostalgia. But when you have Ice Cube, many of us whiteys don't have a nostalgia feeling towards him even though he's been around since the late '80s, just not in whiteys cultural radar. So he gets voted guilty.
12:05AM on 03/05/2013
Blacks can't afford computers.
Blacks can't afford computers.
10:05AM on 03/05/2013
@Herald

I think it says plenty about Hollywood. Do you think Cuba Gooding, Jr. was offered the same quality roles after his Oscar win as, say, Jeff Bridges after his first nomination? Do you think these black actors get to "choose" from as many projects as their white counterparts? Have you ever looked at records of box office revenue from years past and taken into account how few of those films have black actors in prominent roles?

"Movie Jail" isn't necessarily indicative of this
@Herald

I think it says plenty about Hollywood. Do you think Cuba Gooding, Jr. was offered the same quality roles after his Oscar win as, say, Jeff Bridges after his first nomination? Do you think these black actors get to "choose" from as many projects as their white counterparts? Have you ever looked at records of box office revenue from years past and taken into account how few of those films have black actors in prominent roles?

"Movie Jail" isn't necessarily indicative of this problem, it's just an interesting reflection that I noticed.
11:40AM on 03/04/2013
Not Guilty. He uses his inexplicable box office superpowers for good. When he attaches his name to any project it almost instantly puts it on the fast track where it otherwise would have been stuck in development hell. And he picks movies that are at least interesting in concept if not always well-executed.

He's Johnny Utah, he's Neo, he's Ted Theodore Logan. And I admit I'm curious what all the money being pumped into 47 Ronin comes up with.
Not Guilty. He uses his inexplicable box office superpowers for good. When he attaches his name to any project it almost instantly puts it on the fast track where it otherwise would have been stuck in development hell. And he picks movies that are at least interesting in concept if not always well-executed.

He's Johnny Utah, he's Neo, he's Ted Theodore Logan. And I admit I'm curious what all the money being pumped into 47 Ronin comes up with.
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11:34AM on 03/04/2013

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I love a lot his films like The Replacements, speed, Matrix, Bill and Ted... and I kinda like Chain Reaction too.....
I love a lot his films like The Replacements, speed, Matrix, Bill and Ted... and I kinda like Chain Reaction too.....
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11:34AM on 03/04/2013

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Keanu Reeves may just be the luckiest guy in Hollywood. Very few will argue that the man has immense range as an actor. I mean, he's not as bad as some claim, but I doubt he'll be winning any Oscars any time soon, either. When you boil it down, he's the sort of actor I'm not sure what I'd do without, for Ted, Johnny Utah, Jack Traven, Neo, and others. He's also said to be super-nice, and the success of "The Matrix" is enough of a reason to excuse him from churning out new movies every year. If
Keanu Reeves may just be the luckiest guy in Hollywood. Very few will argue that the man has immense range as an actor. I mean, he's not as bad as some claim, but I doubt he'll be winning any Oscars any time soon, either. When you boil it down, he's the sort of actor I'm not sure what I'd do without, for Ted, Johnny Utah, Jack Traven, Neo, and others. He's also said to be super-nice, and the success of "The Matrix" is enough of a reason to excuse him from churning out new movies every year. If anything, I'd like to thank him for not feeling the need to bombard us with too much crap. A class act in my opinion.
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11:22AM on 03/04/2013

Not guilty

That is all
That is all
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11:21AM on 03/04/2013
Not guilty. His acting might not be that of a high caliber but in every movie he tries to entertain audiences as much as he can. For Sweet November and The Lake House, I blame the script. However, with The Lake House, I can't help but to cheer him to be able to meet Sandra Bullock. Chain Reaction - wasn't he injured from something before the filming begun? Johnny Mnemonic - the script is as thin as a "pizza crust" thin. In conclusion, not guilty.
Not guilty. His acting might not be that of a high caliber but in every movie he tries to entertain audiences as much as he can. For Sweet November and The Lake House, I blame the script. However, with The Lake House, I can't help but to cheer him to be able to meet Sandra Bullock. Chain Reaction - wasn't he injured from something before the filming begun? Johnny Mnemonic - the script is as thin as a "pizza crust" thin. In conclusion, not guilty.
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