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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Kevin Hart!

11.30.2015

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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

Kevin Hart

The Case

The Prosecution: Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Grudge Match, Superhero Movie, Fool's Gold, Scary Movie 4, Meet Dave, Soul Plane, Scary Movie 3

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Kevin Hart first got noticed for his recurring role on Fox's Undeclared, which led to parts in bottom-of-the-barrel movies such as Soul Plane, Meet Dave, Superhero Movie, and Scary Movie 3 and its sequel. Mr. Hart's career didn't really start to take off though until the release of his 2011 stand-up flick Laugh at My Pain, but he's continued to appeared in mostly negatively reviewed films since then, and it doesn't look like that trend is going to change anytime soon.

Several of the actor's more recent movies have done well at the box office, but not so much with critics. Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too and Ride Along all have sub 30% Rotten Tomatoes scores, while Grudge Match was a financial and critical disappointment. As for his upcoming film projects, Central Intelligence looks promising, however that's mostly due to Dwayne Johnson's involvement, and the prosecution has extremely low hopes for Ride Along 2. The prosecution also personally doesn't think Mr. Hart is that funny as a stand-up comic. He has his moments, but he's certainly not the second coming of Chris Rock like some have suggested.

Mr. Hart's big screen career as a leading man is going to flame out pretty damn fast if he keeps starring in bad films. The prosecution doesn't believe he has earned a maximum prison sentence, but maybe he will be more selective with his movie roles after spending a couple of months behind bars.

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The Defense: Real Husbands of Hollywood, About Last Night, Let Me Explain, The Five-Year Engagement, Think Like a Man, Laugh at My Pain

Ladies and gentlemen, although my client may not be "the second coming of Chris Rock," he's still a very solid funnyman who, unfortunately, has done more bad movies than good ones. It's true that Mr. Hart needs to appear in more films like About Last Night and The Five-Year Engagement and less like The Wedding Ringer, but he finds a way to squeeze out laughs even when he doesn't have a lot to work with, and he's built a loyal following with his stand-up tours.

We believe one of the reasons why the prosecution is down on Mr. Hart is because he still hasn't found a movie project that best utilizes his talents, and he also hasn't done much outside of the comedy genre. The defense isn't trying to say my client needs to take a purely dramatic role in a "serious" film, but we shouldn't toss him in prison just because he's stuck to comedic work, and he's only been a prominent actor since the early 2010s, so he probably hasn't been offered that many great roles. Besides his big screen credits, Mr. Hart also co-created and stars on the BET series Real Husbands of Hollywood, which has received high marks from most critics.

Maybe Mr. Hart needs to be put on probation, but he definitely doesn't belong in Movie Jail, and the defense is confident that the jury will agree we should give him a few more chances.

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IN CLOSING...

What should we do with Mr. Hart? Are you a fan of the short-statured comedian/actor and his movies, or do you think he needs to be locked up for a bit? Is Kevin Hart GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*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. Anyway, 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?

Kevin Hart

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Idiocracy Luke Wilson

Things weren't looking good for Luke Wilson early on in last week's trail, but in the end he was found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Jury members said although Mr. Wilson is a very hit-or-miss actor, he excels at playing everyman characters, and that he's shown he can be quite good when given the right material. Maybe the jury will change their tune after The Ridiculous 6 is released, but he is a free man for now.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

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NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Miller, Ben Barnes, Simon West, Len Wiseman, Brendan Fraser, Megan Fox, Neal McDonough, Cameron Crowe, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, Tarsem Singh, Reese Witherspoon, Burt Reynolds, Ed Helms, Sean Astin, Michael Polish, Kelsey Grammer, Queen Latifah, Mark Wahlberg, Vin Diesel, Barry Levinson, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Wilson

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
Source: JoBlo.com

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7:33PM on 12/01/2015

GUILTY!!!

Jumping up and down and screaming curse words is not comedy. He's the worst and i hate him.
Jumping up and down and screaming curse words is not comedy. He's the worst and i hate him.
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4:00AM on 12/01/2015
His stand up is funnier than his movies, any one who doesnt think so has no sense of humor.
His stand up is funnier than his movies, any one who doesnt think so has no sense of humor.
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11:32PM on 11/30/2015

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

This guy is extremely overrated and over-hyped. All his movies are terrible and generic. He acts the same in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE! And worst of all, he's completely unfunny. I don't get his appeal. One of the worst comedians in recent time.
This guy is extremely overrated and over-hyped. All his movies are terrible and generic. He acts the same in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE! And worst of all, he's completely unfunny. I don't get his appeal. One of the worst comedians in recent time.
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2:48PM on 11/30/2015

Not Guilty

Purely on the technicallity that I dont consider him an actor, yes he may be in movies but he is just in a movie as a vehicle for his comedy. Poor choice this week
Purely on the technicallity that I dont consider him an actor, yes he may be in movies but he is just in a movie as a vehicle for his comedy. Poor choice this week
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2:34PM on 11/30/2015

Death Row

Not a single time has this obnoxious elf made me laugh. After giving him several attempts, I now completely avoid any movie that has him in it. GUILTY!
Not a single time has this obnoxious elf made me laugh. After giving him several attempts, I now completely avoid any movie that has him in it. GUILTY!
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2:12PM on 11/30/2015

Guilty as

Not funny at all!!
Not funny at all!!
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2:01PM on 11/30/2015

Kevin Hart is not funny, not even a little bit. He's never been funny! Guilty! Bag him up and throw him in his pre-made cell.

All Hart does is make a lemon squeeze face and that's it! This is what his whole comedy act is based on. His movies are un-watchable, his stand-up is un-laughable, his character is un-comical. Hart is easily one of the most overrated comedians ever! Remember the ad he and Dave Franco did for Madden NFL 15? The shot of him standing outside of Franco's house staring at him through the window like a creepy stalker. That's not the face of someone who is funny, this was the face of someone who is
All Hart does is make a lemon squeeze face and that's it! This is what his whole comedy act is based on. His movies are un-watchable, his stand-up is un-laughable, his character is un-comical. Hart is easily one of the most overrated comedians ever! Remember the ad he and Dave Franco did for Madden NFL 15? The shot of him standing outside of Franco's house staring at him through the window like a creepy stalker. That's not the face of someone who is funny, this was the face of someone who is deeply disturbing. The one positive aspect of Hart, when he's around other comedians he makes them look and sound far superior in their comedy compared to him. Kevin Hart flat out sucks!!!!
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12:53PM on 11/30/2015

house arrest

he's taking on too much too fast and not hitting on anything recent. I think Central Intelligence with the rock will bounce him back but until then, he can't leave the house! lol
he's taking on too much too fast and not hitting on anything recent. I think Central Intelligence with the rock will bounce him back but until then, he can't leave the house! lol
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12:06PM on 11/30/2015

Guilty

This is an incredibly easy decision for me. He's very annoying.
This is an incredibly easy decision for me. He's very annoying.
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11:53AM on 11/30/2015

Not Guilty

I liked his small part in Top Five. Next week: Josh Hutcherson
I liked his small part in Top Five. Next week: Josh Hutcherson
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2:57PM on 11/30/2015
The one movie he's in I've actually seen. And I thought he was priceless.
The one movie he's in I've actually seen. And I thought he was priceless.
11:38AM on 11/30/2015

Easy target...

Still relatively early in his career in movies. Hardly going to be making poignant Oscar bait just yet. I don't find the guy that funny but humour is a personal thing, I don't dislike him either. If he's still churning out Adam Sandler style dross in a few years... Yeah, lock him up.
I dunno, cynical me thinks we've been thrown this dude after a few weeks of not guilties to get the blood racing again. For me. Not guilty.
Still relatively early in his career in movies. Hardly going to be making poignant Oscar bait just yet. I don't find the guy that funny but humour is a personal thing, I don't dislike him either. If he's still churning out Adam Sandler style dross in a few years... Yeah, lock him up.
I dunno, cynical me thinks we've been thrown this dude after a few weeks of not guilties to get the blood racing again. For me. Not guilty.
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11:18AM on 11/30/2015
He is so damn annoying. He acts so hyper every time he does comedy. I guess he thinks doing that will make people think his jokes are funny even if they're not. When I saw him do some drama in a movie of his, he was actually OK. OK as in not annoying.
He is so damn annoying. He acts so hyper every time he does comedy. I guess he thinks doing that will make people think his jokes are funny even if they're not. When I saw him do some drama in a movie of his, he was actually OK. OK as in not annoying.
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9:01AM on 11/30/2015

Guilty

He has the same problem that most comedians turned actors have; doing the same exact thing in every single fucking movie. Hart's movie roles exist for him to do his ever increasing annoying schtick. If he showed a shred of acting talent there would be a different story there. I would give him a pass if he showed genuine acting talent and he was just taking a shitty paycheck roles to get passion projects off the ground. However, he isn't doing that so I can't give him a pass. He is up there
He has the same problem that most comedians turned actors have; doing the same exact thing in every single fucking movie. Hart's movie roles exist for him to do his ever increasing annoying schtick. If he showed a shred of acting talent there would be a different story there. I would give him a pass if he showed genuine acting talent and he was just taking a shitty paycheck roles to get passion projects off the ground. However, he isn't doing that so I can't give him a pass. He is up there with the worst of the worst (i.e. Rob Schneider, David Spade, Kevin James and Adam Sandler).
Admittedly though I do find his small part in 40-Year Old Virgin hilarious.
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8:35AM on 11/30/2015

Guilty

Remember when Jerry Seinfeld did him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry even said, you don't have to over do the showmanship, tone it down because your quite funny. He just always acts like he's wound up and being louder means funnier, sadly it is not.
Remember when Jerry Seinfeld did him on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Jerry even said, you don't have to over do the showmanship, tone it down because your quite funny. He just always acts like he's wound up and being louder means funnier, sadly it is not.
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8:16AM on 11/30/2015

Pass.

I've only seen him in SCARY MOVIE 3 (guilty pleasure) and 4 (passable), SUPERHERO MOVIE (guilty pleasure), MEET DAVE (average), NOT EASILY BROKEN (passable), THE 5-YEAR-ENGAGEMENT (good) and GRUDGE MATCH (average). The problem is that I don't remember what he did in most of those movies. That makes me doubt if he's talented enough to make a lasting impact. However, his cameos in THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and TOP 5 were very memorable. How ironic. Also, he did a great job hosting the 2012 VMAs and
I've only seen him in SCARY MOVIE 3 (guilty pleasure) and 4 (passable), SUPERHERO MOVIE (guilty pleasure), MEET DAVE (average), NOT EASILY BROKEN (passable), THE 5-YEAR-ENGAGEMENT (good) and GRUDGE MATCH (average). The problem is that I don't remember what he did in most of those movies. That makes me doubt if he's talented enough to make a lasting impact. However, his cameos in THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and TOP 5 were very memorable. How ironic. Also, he did a great job hosting the 2012 VMAs and the roast of Justin Bieber. I'll make up my mind on him once I see a movie where he's the lead (none of which have received a theatrical release here so far).

Next week: Candice Bergen, Jason Blum, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Elisha Cuthbert, Danny DeVito, Matt Dillon, Brad Fuller, Heather Graham, Melanie Griffith, Raja Gosnell, Don Johnson, Angelina Jolie, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Kingsley, Brian Levant, Eugene Levy, Lucy Liu, Robert Luketic, James Marsden, Neal Moritz, Amanda Peet, Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kelly Preston, Meg Ryan, Seann William Scott, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barbra Streisand or Patrick Warburton.
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8:09AM on 11/30/2015

Guilty!!!

Hart is guilty as fuck! Not funny and has an annoying voice! I can't stand him!
Hart is guilty as fuck! Not funny and has an annoying voice! I can't stand him!
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7:56AM on 11/30/2015
Guilty as all fuck! The man's stand up is alright. I'll admit, I laughed quite a bit. His movies... Not so much.
Guilty as all fuck! The man's stand up is alright. I'll admit, I laughed quite a bit. His movies... Not so much.
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7:47AM on 11/30/2015

Guilty

Guilty as Heck
Guilty as Heck
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7:47AM on 11/30/2015
I like Kevin Hart, but I haven't seen any "Kevin Hart Movies". The man is funny. He's got potential to be more than that, I think. But only a few of his movies make me want to see if they're any good. I'm not voting, but I still think the man could do really well, and I don't know at this point whether it's him taking bad parts, or being more typecast.
I like Kevin Hart, but I haven't seen any "Kevin Hart Movies". The man is funny. He's got potential to be more than that, I think. But only a few of his movies make me want to see if they're any good. I'm not voting, but I still think the man could do really well, and I don't know at this point whether it's him taking bad parts, or being more typecast.
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7:45AM on 11/30/2015
guilty
guilty
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7:15AM on 11/30/2015

Not guilty

Not Guilty. He's the reason I didn't mind Ride Along, Get Hard. Also, Scary Movie 3 is funny as hell, and he is one of the funniest characters in the film.
Not Guilty. He's the reason I didn't mind Ride Along, Get Hard. Also, Scary Movie 3 is funny as hell, and he is one of the funniest characters in the film.
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