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Jun. 24, 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

Michael Cera

The Case

The Prosecution: Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Paper Heart, Year One, Youth in Revolt

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution was worried about suggesting such a young actor for Movie Jail but in the end we decided that if Kristen Stewart can be brought before the court then so can Michael Austin Cera. Since first breaking out as George-Michael on Arrested Development, Mr. Cera has essentially played a slight variation of that character in every film he has appeared in. A lot of these characters also have similar mannerisms to the actor so many times it just seems like Mr. Cera is playing himself and not acting.

The prosecution knows that maybe Mr. Cera isn't the next Daniel Day-Lewis but the actor hasn't displayed any range of talent. His characters from Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist could almost have been twins, throwing a mustache on in Youth in Revolt doesn't count as acting and in Paper Heart he played...Michael Cera. Sure Mr. Cera's cameo in This is The End was hilarious but once again he was playing a fictionalized version of himself. And do we even have to talk about how bad Year One is?

What's funny to the prosecution is that there use to be a lot of jokes about Jesse Eisenberg and Mr. Cera looking alike and playing similar characters but at least Mr. Eisenberg has dabbled in a bigger variety of genres and still seems to bring something new to the screen even if it is a type of character we've seen him play countless times. Even his Superbad co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse (who many thought would always be typecast as McLovin) seems to try harder at diversifying his filmography.

But Mr. Cera must get other offers, right? He was in Arrested Development, he's part of the Apatow crew so what gives? Why does Michael Cera always play Michael Cera? The prosecution feels the actor is too comfortable in familiar roles and we feel a stint in Movie Jail is just what the actor needs.

Michael Cera

The Defense: Superbad, Juno, Youth in Revolt, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Arrested Development

Ladies and gentlemen, notice how some of the same films the prosecution lists show up on my list? That is because for some Mr. Cera just isn't their cup of tea. The actor doesn't have a unique acting style but like Denis Leary always playing an asshole or Hugh Grant constantly being "charmingly befuddled" Mr. Cera uses what talents he does have to his advantage. He may play an odd awkward man-boy a lot but he does it very, very well. Who else could have played the lead in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World? Could you imagine anyone but Mr. Cera as George-Michael on Arrested Development?

We also believe that a lot of people dislike Mr. Cera on a purely superficial level or because of how annoying some of his fans are who loved him in Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, two of the actor's weaker films in the prosecution's opinion. But it's not his fault that douchey hipsters fell in love with him, nor should he be blamed. You can't pick your fans and even the most accomplished and well-known actors in the world today have some shit fans.

The main point the defense wants to make though is that Mr. Cera is still quite young. He's only 25 and still has plenty of time to grow as an actor, something he clearly has in mind since two of his upcoming films (Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy) have the actor in roles you wouldn't expect from my client.

Michael Cera

IN CLOSING...

Is it time we snapped Michael Cera's acoustic guitar and send him to Movie Jail or is it too soon to judge the actor? Are the criticisms of Mr. Cera legit or nitpicking by jaded movie nerds? Is Michael Austin Cera 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?

Michael Cera

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Salma Hayek

The case against Salma Hayek from last week has been dropped and the actress has been found NOT GUILTY of all charges due to a loophole she discovered in Movie Jail's legal system: having an amazing rack. While some tried to be logical and pointed out that Miss Hayek isn't that great of an actress many just said "bewbs" or "boobs" or...well you get the point. There's no denying that Salma Hayek is simply stunning and it was more than enough to keep her out of Movie Jail. Unfortunately that means no jail showers with Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.

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

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

Extra Tidbit: Who should go on trial next week?
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:42PM on 06/25/2013
I say Not Guilty because A: the movies and shows Ive seen him in I've enjoyed and B: He doesnt even remotely fit the steroetypical Hollywood actor, i,e, Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise, but has a pretty successful career in movies. He should be an inspiration to the average joe that looks and muscles arent everything.
I say Not Guilty because A: the movies and shows Ive seen him in I've enjoyed and B: He doesnt even remotely fit the steroetypical Hollywood actor, i,e, Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise, but has a pretty successful career in movies. He should be an inspiration to the average joe that looks and muscles arent everything.
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8:01PM on 06/25/2013

Jail

He plays the same role over and over and over again and it pisses me off. Put him away please.
He plays the same role over and over and over again and it pisses me off. Put him away please.
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4:48PM on 06/25/2013

I'm only Hip to Salma's Hips

Not Guilty. Its easy to rag on Cera in theory...but you know what? 'Superbad' WAS my time in high school and 'Scott Pilgrim' WAS my early 20s. Dude just had Season 4 of AD and 'This is the End.' Granted, glorified cameos in both...but are we holding it against people for bit parts in great things?

Jonah Hill has had more stinkers in the last three years than Cera (The Watch, The Sitter), but I damn sure am not about to throw Jonah in Movie Jail.
Not Guilty. Its easy to rag on Cera in theory...but you know what? 'Superbad' WAS my time in high school and 'Scott Pilgrim' WAS my early 20s. Dude just had Season 4 of AD and 'This is the End.' Granted, glorified cameos in both...but are we holding it against people for bit parts in great things?

Jonah Hill has had more stinkers in the last three years than Cera (The Watch, The Sitter), but I damn sure am not about to throw Jonah in Movie Jail.
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4:11PM on 06/25/2013
Can I say I feel like the prosecution has been somewhat hijacked of late, putting people on trial because of acting range and because their last movie didn't make bank. There is an argument to be made in some of those instances (Jason Statham needs to diversify, for sure), but Ray Liotta, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Salma Hayek, and Michael Cera are actors who usually are hired to play a type. And they have their fans for it. And their careers aren't exactly going down the tube. Should try more of
Can I say I feel like the prosecution has been somewhat hijacked of late, putting people on trial because of acting range and because their last movie didn't make bank. There is an argument to be made in some of those instances (Jason Statham needs to diversify, for sure), but Ray Liotta, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Salma Hayek, and Michael Cera are actors who usually are hired to play a type. And they have their fans for it. And their careers aren't exactly going down the tube. Should try more of the "overrated" stars and one-trick ponies who refuse to go away or contribute anything meaningful to their industry.

One actor I think could be due for a trial based on a recent backlash I've noticed is Johnny Depp.
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6:04PM on 06/25/2013
I can already mention I would vote Johnny Depp not guilty
I can already mention I would vote Johnny Depp not guilty
12:58PM on 06/25/2013

Not Guilty

With alot of young actors tend to be playing themselves and not enough range(Seth Rogen comes to mind) He can be tried again in 10 years time if he is still playing the same charcaters.
With alot of young actors tend to be playing themselves and not enough range(Seth Rogen comes to mind) He can be tried again in 10 years time if he is still playing the same charcaters.
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10:17AM on 06/25/2013

Not guilty

Kristen Stewart was too young to be brought up and so is he. A few really cool actors (Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, to name a few) were still complete nobodies at that age so he shouldn't be punished for being good very early.

Also, anyone who thinks his performance in This Is The End is the same performance he always gives needs a new pair of glasses.
Kristen Stewart was too young to be brought up and so is he. A few really cool actors (Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, to name a few) were still complete nobodies at that age so he shouldn't be punished for being good very early.

Also, anyone who thinks his performance in This Is The End is the same performance he always gives needs a new pair of glasses.
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10:11AM on 06/25/2013

Not guilty

Kristen Stewart was too young to be brought up and so is he. A few really cool actors (Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, to name a few) were still complete nobodies at that age so he shouldn't be punished for being good very early.

Also, anyone who thinks his performance in This Is The End is the same performance he always gives needs a new pair of glasses.
Kristen Stewart was too young to be brought up and so is he. A few really cool actors (Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, to name a few) were still complete nobodies at that age so he shouldn't be punished for being good very early.

Also, anyone who thinks his performance in This Is The End is the same performance he always gives needs a new pair of glasses.
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9:39AM on 06/25/2013

Not Guilty

Enjoyed his performances in all the movies I've seen thus far.
Enjoyed his performances in all the movies I've seen thus far.
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6:31AM on 06/25/2013

NOT GUILTY

I'm totally fine with genre-actors. He's good at what he does.
I'm totally fine with genre-actors. He's good at what he does.
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5:15AM on 06/25/2013
isnīt he a little too young to be facing time????
i say not guilty!
isnīt he a little too young to be facing time????
i say not guilty!
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1:49AM on 06/25/2013

not guilty

I have nothing against the guy & he has been in some great movies like Superbad, Scott Pilgrim & Youth in Revolt is very underrated. I didn't care for Juno but still liked his character in it. He just reminds me of that one friend who just hangs around all the time just cause he has nothing better to do & yet you can't help but like the guy & remain loyal to him.
I have nothing against the guy & he has been in some great movies like Superbad, Scott Pilgrim & Youth in Revolt is very underrated. I didn't care for Juno but still liked his character in it. He just reminds me of that one friend who just hangs around all the time just cause he has nothing better to do & yet you can't help but like the guy & remain loyal to him.
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1:20AM on 06/25/2013

Not Guilty.

His 3 minutes of screen time in "This is the End" was the funniest part of a really funny movie.

His act hasn't gotten tired so much as he doesn't seem to act much at all. He works less than any celebrity actor I can think of. If Vince Vaughn can go the better part of two decades playing the same character in every film I can give Cera more time on the clock.
His 3 minutes of screen time in "This is the End" was the funniest part of a really funny movie.

His act hasn't gotten tired so much as he doesn't seem to act much at all. He works less than any celebrity actor I can think of. If Vince Vaughn can go the better part of two decades playing the same character in every film I can give Cera more time on the clock.
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12:14AM on 06/25/2013

not guilty

"I was going to smoke the weed like a cigarette" -George Michael
"I was going to smoke the weed like a cigarette" -George Michael
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10:31PM on 06/24/2013
NOT GUILTY
NOT GUILTY
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8:59PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

Not a fan AT ALL, but...like you said "The actor doesn't have a unique acting style but like Denis Leary always
playing an asshole or Hugh Grant constantly being "charmingly befuddled" Mr. Cera uses what talents he does have to has to his advantage."
What he does, he does well. And he's in some great movies. It it more than likely a case of no ones really given him a chance to do something different than his usual. You can only select the roles that people want you to play. Until he tries
Not a fan AT ALL, but...like you said "The actor doesn't have a unique acting style but like Denis Leary always
playing an asshole or Hugh Grant constantly being "charmingly befuddled" Mr. Cera uses what talents he does have to has to his advantage."
What he does, he does well. And he's in some great movies. It it more than likely a case of no ones really given him a chance to do something different than his usual. You can only select the roles that people want you to play. Until he tries to do something and fails, there's no proof to convict.
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8:55PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

Not a fan AT ALL, but...like you said "The actor doesn't have a unique acting style but like Denis Leary always
playing an asshole or Hugh Grant constantly being "charmingly befuddled" Mr. Cera uses what talents he does have to has to his advantage."
What he does, he does well. And he's in some great movies. It it more than likely a case of no ones really given him a chance to do something different than his usual. You can only select the roles that people want you to play. Until he tries
Not a fan AT ALL, but...like you said "The actor doesn't have a unique acting style but like Denis Leary always
playing an asshole or Hugh Grant constantly being "charmingly befuddled" Mr. Cera uses what talents he does have to has to his advantage."
What he does, he does well. And he's in some great movies. It it more than likely a case of no ones really given him a chance to do something different than his usual. You can only select the roles that people want you to play. Until he tries to do something and fails, there's no proof to convict.
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8:54PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

Come on guys... between Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad, his bit in This is the End.... he definitely deserves a pass in my opinion. I agree that he has fallen back on his [link] persona a few too many times, but I think the guy has talent. Plus he's only about 25, and could do even more interesting roles in the future (and Magic Magic certainly looks interesting).
Come on guys... between Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad, his bit in This is the End.... he definitely deserves a pass in my opinion. I agree that he has fallen back on his [link] persona a few too many times, but I think the guy has talent. Plus he's only about 25, and could do even more interesting roles in the future (and Magic Magic certainly looks interesting).
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8:42PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

Yes, for awhile, it did seem that he was playing himself, but his performances in 'Youth In Revolt', 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World', & 'Crystal Fairy' are excellent and prove he is the real deal.
Yes, for awhile, it did seem that he was playing himself, but his performances in 'Youth In Revolt', 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World', & 'Crystal Fairy' are excellent and prove he is the real deal.
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8:20PM on 06/24/2013

Jail

He is guilty...no he doesnt deserve a big sentence....but I think in his time in Movie Jail, he needs to re-think his movie career. 1) he needs to stop playing Michael Cera 2) Stop wearing retro shirts 3) Once in a while get a hair cut
4) pick a few movies that will widen his range...not saying he needs to make cheap movies , but pick a few dramatic roles to mix in with his comedy resume.
I dont have any issues with Michael Cera, but it would be nice to see him do better.
He is guilty...no he doesnt deserve a big sentence....but I think in his time in Movie Jail, he needs to re-think his movie career. 1) he needs to stop playing Michael Cera 2) Stop wearing retro shirts 3) Once in a while get a hair cut
4) pick a few movies that will widen his range...not saying he needs to make cheap movies , but pick a few dramatic roles to mix in with his comedy resume.
I dont have any issues with Michael Cera, but it would be nice to see him do better.
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7:55PM on 06/24/2013

GUILTY

I'd like him to go Movie Jail for the MINIMUM amount of time. Maybe he has learned, because he hasn't had a leading role in 3 years, and he's coming back with 2 Chilean movies. That's risky. Although, one of the movies in an improvised comedy, and he'll most likely play "that character" again. We'll see.

In the meantime, he's guilty in my eyes. Not just for being stuck in 1 character, but also because his performance in SCOTT PILGRIM was actually terrible, and I hated NICK & NORAH. He was
I'd like him to go Movie Jail for the MINIMUM amount of time. Maybe he has learned, because he hasn't had a leading role in 3 years, and he's coming back with 2 Chilean movies. That's risky. Although, one of the movies in an improvised comedy, and he'll most likely play "that character" again. We'll see.

In the meantime, he's guilty in my eyes. Not just for being stuck in 1 character, but also because his performance in SCOTT PILGRIM was actually terrible, and I hated NICK & NORAH. He was great in ARRESTED because he made us root for him. That doesn't happen In most of his movie roles because he tries too hard and annoys (except in SUPERBAD where he's funny). I rooted for him and JUNO but that was a little more about Ellen Page.

Like others, I'm not entirely comfortable discussing someone with a short career. But he's here, so we might as well... Besides, it's not like he's still a teen. He's 25!
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7:54PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

He does have some pretty great movies, and tv show, on his resume for being such a young actor. He's a little bland, but if you we are giving Statham a pass for playing the same character every time then Cera gets the same deal.
Next week: Can we please start filling out the guilty roster: Brendan Fraser, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen?
He does have some pretty great movies, and tv show, on his resume for being such a young actor. He's a little bland, but if you we are giving Statham a pass for playing the same character every time then Cera gets the same deal.
Next week: Can we please start filling out the guilty roster: Brendan Fraser, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen?
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7:34PM on 06/24/2013
Not guilty!! Anyone from Brampton that made it to hollywood deserves all the credit!!
Not guilty!! Anyone from Brampton that made it to hollywood deserves all the credit!!
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6:59PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

I'm not exactly "wowed" by his acting, but he does decent enough in the roles he's been given. Some like Superbad are really good. I'll give him a pass since he's still young and will hopefully show more range in the future.

Ashton Kutcher for next week?
I'm not exactly "wowed" by his acting, but he does decent enough in the roles he's been given. Some like Superbad are really good. I'll give him a pass since he's still young and will hopefully show more range in the future.

Ashton Kutcher for next week?
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6:44PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

It's his thing, leave him be.
It's his thing, leave him be.
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6:11PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

He might have a nice filmography, but that doesn't change the fact he's been playing slight variations of the same character his entire career
He might have a nice filmography, but that doesn't change the fact he's been playing slight variations of the same character his entire career
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7:08PM on 06/24/2013
Agreed.
Agreed.
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5:49PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty!

Come on! It's too early in Cera's career to make this call, since he has an impressive filmography so far.
Come on! It's too early in Cera's career to make this call, since he has an impressive filmography so far.
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4:55PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

Hopefully he's young enough to have learned from his mistakes (Year One was fucking painful), he definitely had a couple years of over-exposure; but he has pulled back.

Also 'Scott Pilgrim' is awesome and the prosecution must know it for they made no mention of it at all.
Hopefully he's young enough to have learned from his mistakes (Year One was fucking painful), he definitely had a couple years of over-exposure; but he has pulled back.

Also 'Scott Pilgrim' is awesome and the prosecution must know it for they made no mention of it at all.
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4:31PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

This is bullshit. Michael Cera has Juno, Superbad, Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim under his belt. Not a bad filmography for his age. You may not like him, but those that do know what he brings. There is nothing wrong with him and people are making him guilty because its funny, not because they think that way.
This is bullshit. Michael Cera has Juno, Superbad, Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim under his belt. Not a bad filmography for his age. You may not like him, but those that do know what he brings. There is nothing wrong with him and people are making him guilty because its funny, not because they think that way.
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4:30PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

Just my vote
Just my vote
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4:14PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

I've never liked him as a leading man. He tends to play the same character over and over, and it's gotten stale.
I've never liked him as a leading man. He tends to play the same character over and over, and it's gotten stale.
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3:16PM on 06/24/2013
Not guilty at all, Scott Pilgram/ himself in This is The End, this should be an open and closed case.
Not guilty at all, Scott Pilgram/ himself in This is The End, this should be an open and closed case.
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3:13PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

I hate his face.
I hate his face.
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2:57PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

Based purely on the Defense's poor grammer. Mr. Cera would have served himself better to have hired a more eloquent speaker.
Based purely on the Defense's poor grammer. Mr. Cera would have served himself better to have hired a more eloquent speaker.
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2:46PM on 06/24/2013

GUILTY GUILTY

Execute his ass
Execute his ass
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2:11PM on 06/24/2013
The majority of his movies are good, maybe one stinker like Year One. In fact most of his films he's come out with have a fresh rating
The majority of his movies are good, maybe one stinker like Year One. In fact most of his films he's come out with have a fresh rating
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2:10PM on 06/24/2013
The majority of his movies are good, maybe one stinker like Year One. In fact most of his films he's come out with have a fresh rating
The majority of his movies are good, maybe one stinker like Year One. In fact most of his films he's come out with have a fresh rating
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2:10PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

I personally really like him. Almost all of his movies I have enjoyed. Even if there are similarities to some of his characters, he still plays them well. I'm sure he's not just 'playing himself'. I mean, I've seen interviews with him and he's nothing like he is in Juno, Superbad, and especially Scott Pilgrim, imo.
I personally really like him. Almost all of his movies I have enjoyed. Even if there are similarities to some of his characters, he still plays them well. I'm sure he's not just 'playing himself'. I mean, I've seen interviews with him and he's nothing like he is in Juno, Superbad, and especially Scott Pilgrim, imo.
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1:35PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

I like the majority of Michael Cera's movies, but I'm going to go with guilty on the grounds that he's never ads to the quality of those films. Ellen Page is the linchpin of Juno, Edgar Wright was the mastermind in Scott Pilgram, and the script and supporting cast is what made superbad great. His range seems to be place holder for other talent.
I like the majority of Michael Cera's movies, but I'm going to go with guilty on the grounds that he's never ads to the quality of those films. Ellen Page is the linchpin of Juno, Edgar Wright was the mastermind in Scott Pilgram, and the script and supporting cast is what made superbad great. His range seems to be place holder for other talent.
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1:22PM on 06/24/2013
Not Guilty. with his flaws, he's come back this year with Arrested Development and his ridiculous, hilarious part in This is the End.
Not Guilty. with his flaws, he's come back this year with Arrested Development and his ridiculous, hilarious part in This is the End.
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1:10PM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

I don't hate all of his movies, but he's very annoying and seemingly tries too hard (Juno). Might of said Not Guilty, but he doesn't have much range, tie that in with some disasters like Year One and that equals jail time.
I don't hate all of his movies, but he's very annoying and seemingly tries too hard (Juno). Might of said Not Guilty, but he doesn't have much range, tie that in with some disasters like Year One and that equals jail time.
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12:54PM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

Two of the films in your prosecution are VERY up for debate (obviously nothing is unanimous) and you forgot about mentioning his role in the upcoming Magic Magic; already given a positive review on Joblo.com and from what I've seen features Cera expanding his range.
Two of the films in your prosecution are VERY up for debate (obviously nothing is unanimous) and you forgot about mentioning his role in the upcoming Magic Magic; already given a positive review on Joblo.com and from what I've seen features Cera expanding his range.
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12:06PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

He was pretty hilarious in This is the End, give him another Scott Pilgrim flick.
He was pretty hilarious in This is the End, give him another Scott Pilgrim flick.
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12:03PM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

He really take charge of the quirky character in "Scott Pilgrim" and really proves what kind of role that character can play. Plus his role in "This is the End" was the exact opposite of anything he's ever done and it was great. Not guilty
He really take charge of the quirky character in "Scott Pilgrim" and really proves what kind of role that character can play. Plus his role in "This is the End" was the exact opposite of anything he's ever done and it was great. Not guilty
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12:04PM on 06/24/2013
Also, people who didn't like Juno, probably missed the point. His character aside, that was a pretty good movie.
Also, people who didn't like Juno, probably missed the point. His character aside, that was a pretty good movie.
11:44AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

just can't stand him
just can't stand him
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10:46AM on 06/24/2013
The guy has only been in a handful of films... Y is he even up for discussion for movie jail. Movie jail has gone down hill since Moreno left.
The guy has only been in a handful of films... Y is he even up for discussion for movie jail. Movie jail has gone down hill since Moreno left.
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10:36AM on 06/24/2013

Not Quilty

I keep seeing "Guy has no range", we see him in comedies basically. Nearly everyone has no range acting-wise in comedy. Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller,Vince Vaughn, etc all do comedies to the extent to what they're good at and all pretty much play themselves in said comedies and yet when Cera does it, it's a problem?

Never really had any issues with the guy, thought he was funny in superbad and this is the end. If he has no range so what? Not like he'll ever be on the level of a Daniel Day Louis or
I keep seeing "Guy has no range", we see him in comedies basically. Nearly everyone has no range acting-wise in comedy. Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller,Vince Vaughn, etc all do comedies to the extent to what they're good at and all pretty much play themselves in said comedies and yet when Cera does it, it's a problem?

Never really had any issues with the guy, thought he was funny in superbad and this is the end. If he has no range so what? Not like he'll ever be on the level of a Daniel Day Louis or Leo.
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10:27AM on 06/24/2013
Gonna go with guilty. This kid has no range whatsoever and essentially plays the same character over and over again. At first it was fun, but now it's old and annoying.

GUILTY
Gonna go with guilty. This kid has no range whatsoever and essentially plays the same character over and over again. At first it was fun, but now it's old and annoying.

GUILTY
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10:49AM on 06/24/2013
Watch magic magic he shows range in that!... Plus the guy has only been in a handful of actual films. I don't think u really know what yer talking about! Your comments have no range
Watch magic magic he shows range in that!... Plus the guy has only been in a handful of actual films. I don't think u really know what yer talking about! Your comments have no range
10:49AM on 06/24/2013
Watch magic magic he shows range in that!... Plus the guy has only been in a handful of actual films. I don't think u really know what yer talking about! Your comments have no range
Watch magic magic he shows range in that!... Plus the guy has only been in a handful of actual films. I don't think u really know what yer talking about! Your comments have no range
10:27AM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

Maybe he's the kind of actor who always goes for the same roles, but you can't help but be enamoured by his likeability and demeanor. Plus, at least he's not an asshole in real life; tends to be a more awkward, intelligent version of his Arrested Development character.
Maybe he's the kind of actor who always goes for the same roles, but you can't help but be enamoured by his likeability and demeanor. Plus, at least he's not an asshole in real life; tends to be a more awkward, intelligent version of his Arrested Development character.
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10:24AM on 06/24/2013

NO GUILTY

Was a huge fan of him when he was on Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim is one of my favorite movies of all-time. That said I think Arrested was the only proof of his acting being good. He played an awkward teenager going through all the weird shit his family does. He was fine in Scott Pilgrim, but honestly anyone could have played the role. Haven't cared for any of his other movies and kinda don't care for his older version in the new season of Arrested. To me he will always be the young
Was a huge fan of him when he was on Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim is one of my favorite movies of all-time. That said I think Arrested was the only proof of his acting being good. He played an awkward teenager going through all the weird shit his family does. He was fine in Scott Pilgrim, but honestly anyone could have played the role. Haven't cared for any of his other movies and kinda don't care for his older version in the new season of Arrested. To me he will always be the young George-Michael. So I guess not guilty as he can still be decent in stuff he is in. Though he does need to reinvent himself since once he hits 30+ he can't play the awkward 20 something anymore.
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10:14AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty but give him probation.

Guilty
Guilty
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10:14AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

The only thing I ever liked him in was Children's Hospital on Adult Swim. He's the P.A. announcer, and since we never have to see him, and he's in extremely small doses, it works. Other than that, some exec thought he was leading man material, and flushed millions down the toilet by putting Cerra in starring roles, when really all he should be allowed is small parts with 3 lines maximum.
The only thing I ever liked him in was Children's Hospital on Adult Swim. He's the P.A. announcer, and since we never have to see him, and he's in extremely small doses, it works. Other than that, some exec thought he was leading man material, and flushed millions down the toilet by putting Cerra in starring roles, when really all he should be allowed is small parts with 3 lines maximum.
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10:11AM on 06/24/2013

so guilty

Guy is a one trick pony. Guilty.
Guy is a one trick pony. Guilty.
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10:11AM on 06/24/2013

No decision.

Sure, I don't care for him. But eh, whatever.
Sure, I don't care for him. But eh, whatever.
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10:08AM on 06/24/2013

He's Guilty

Juno was a god awful terrible movie, I shut it off as soon as Ellen Page said "Thundercats are a go!"

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
Juno was a god awful terrible movie, I shut it off as soon as Ellen Page said "Thundercats are a go!"

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
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9:55AM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

All the hate for this guy surprises me. I can understand complaints of his limited acting range, however, there are many revered one-dimensional actors whose characters are seemingly cut from one film and pasted into the next. I would never rank them at the same level as more multi-dimensional actors, but that doesn't mean they don't have a place in cinema. I've enjoyed most of Mr. Cera's films and usually find his characters likeable. He plays the awkward, quiet kid like he was born for it.
All the hate for this guy surprises me. I can understand complaints of his limited acting range, however, there are many revered one-dimensional actors whose characters are seemingly cut from one film and pasted into the next. I would never rank them at the same level as more multi-dimensional actors, but that doesn't mean they don't have a place in cinema. I've enjoyed most of Mr. Cera's films and usually find his characters likeable. He plays the awkward, quiet kid like he was born for it.
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9:48AM on 06/24/2013

Cmon!

Your "prosecution" are all movies I liked (and liked him in), except for Paper Heart which I haven't seen. Year One was just ok, but if that's the worst he could do, he doesn't deserve to be listed here. Also, Youth In Revolt shouldn't be in both categories, because I thought he was great in it.
For me, Arrested Development, Superbad and his cameo in This Is The End is enough for him to never be guilty.
Your "prosecution" are all movies I liked (and liked him in), except for Paper Heart which I haven't seen. Year One was just ok, but if that's the worst he could do, he doesn't deserve to be listed here. Also, Youth In Revolt shouldn't be in both categories, because I thought he was great in it.
For me, Arrested Development, Superbad and his cameo in This Is The End is enough for him to never be guilty.
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9:38AM on 06/24/2013

GUILTY

Superbad, Juno and Arrested Development cannot save him. And even in those 3 great works he played the same exact character.
Superbad, Juno and Arrested Development cannot save him. And even in those 3 great works he played the same exact character.
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9:31AM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY.

Sorry, can't jump on that wagon.
Sorry, can't jump on that wagon.
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9:12AM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

There's people in his circles that have done much worse
There's people in his circles that have done much worse
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9:29AM on 06/24/2013
Example?
Example?
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9:00AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

Less acting range than Zooey Deschanel. At leas with ZD, you can hit "mute" and enjoy the visuals
Less acting range than Zooey Deschanel. At leas with ZD, you can hit "mute" and enjoy the visuals
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8:42AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

Because he's good for it and there's been too many acquittals lately. :P
Because he's good for it and there's been too many acquittals lately. :P
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8:36AM on 06/24/2013

"...Juno and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, two of the actor's weaker films in the prosecution's opinion."

Uh....I though Juno was a beautiful film....Yeah he played the same character but the film as a whole was great to me.
Uh....I though Juno was a beautiful film....Yeah he played the same character but the film as a whole was great to me.
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8:35AM on 06/24/2013

GUILTY

Sorry guys, but this guy annoys me.

Superbad was very good, and I liked his character, but then I keep seeing the same character in every other movie.
Scott Pilgrim was also good, but I can't help thinking how better it could've been if they've casted another actor for the lead role.
Sorry guys, but this guy annoys me.

Superbad was very good, and I liked his character, but then I keep seeing the same character in every other movie.
Scott Pilgrim was also good, but I can't help thinking how better it could've been if they've casted another actor for the lead role.
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8:35AM on 06/24/2013

Death

Or Life without Parole if he admits that Scott Pilgrim was the only time he ever acted.
Or Life without Parole if he admits that Scott Pilgrim was the only time he ever acted.
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8:32AM on 06/24/2013

Not guilty

Too young and with not enough movies on his resume to convict.
Too young and with not enough movies on his resume to convict.
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9:29AM on 06/24/2013
He's been doing TV since 1999 and films since 2007, he's shown what he can do and it's not impressive.
He's been doing TV since 1999 and films since 2007, he's shown what he can do and it's not impressive.
8:28AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

Hes the same in every movie except this is the end
Hes the same in every movie except this is the end
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8:20AM on 06/24/2013

NOT GUILTY

Even though he plays Michael Cera most of the time I like him. I liked him in Arrested Development and in Scott Pilgrim and Youth in Revolt was ok too. I want to see Magic Magic!
Even though he plays Michael Cera most of the time I like him. I liked him in Arrested Development and in Scott Pilgrim and Youth in Revolt was ok too. I want to see Magic Magic!
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8:06AM on 06/24/2013

And as for Salma...

Okay yes most of us said how amazingly hot she is but the point is that yes she actually is a good actress and we all know it, sure she's no Meryl Streep but not everybody needs to be. But the point is that if Jennifer "Rachel Green" Aniston is found innocent, it's goddamn inconceivable that Salma be found guilty for any reason whatsoever.
Okay yes most of us said how amazingly hot she is but the point is that yes she actually is a good actress and we all know it, sure she's no Meryl Streep but not everybody needs to be. But the point is that if Jennifer "Rachel Green" Aniston is found innocent, it's goddamn inconceivable that Salma be found guilty for any reason whatsoever.
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7:55AM on 06/24/2013

Guilty

He's guilty. He can't act and he plays the same character over and over again.
He's guilty. He can't act and he plays the same character over and over again.
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7:54AM on 06/24/2013

not guilty

The kid has made me laugh in every damn movie he's been in. I'm sure he'll try more serious roles in the future but I really wouldt care if he didn't. He's good at what he does.
The kid has made me laugh in every damn movie he's been in. I'm sure he'll try more serious roles in the future but I really wouldt care if he didn't. He's good at what he does.
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7:48AM on 06/24/2013

100% Guilty.

Okay I'll give him a couple points for THIS IS THE END but this guy just can't act and is completely incapable of playing anything else but an awkward younger man. This guy has been driving me nuts with everything he's done since post-SUPERBAD because he just plays the same thing over and over and over yet there's nothing interesting about his characters. To this day I wish that Edgar Wright would had picked someone else for SCOTT PILGRIM cause he is the only weak element in the entire
Okay I'll give him a couple points for THIS IS THE END but this guy just can't act and is completely incapable of playing anything else but an awkward younger man. This guy has been driving me nuts with everything he's done since post-SUPERBAD because he just plays the same thing over and over and over yet there's nothing interesting about his characters. To this day I wish that Edgar Wright would had picked someone else for SCOTT PILGRIM cause he is the only weak element in the entire thing.

Just being awkward isn't funny or enduring Mike so please stop. Even in his serious roles he comes off as a goof and I can't see how anyone can take him seriously. How he's managed to build a career off this is completely beyond me. He's had enough chances to prove whether he has the chops and he's failed miserably in my eyes.
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7:46AM on 06/24/2013
The biggest issue with Michael Cera is he seems to have contempt for the role(s) that made him famous in the first place.
The biggest issue with Michael Cera is he seems to have contempt for the role(s) that made him famous in the first place.
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10:17AM on 06/25/2013
Contempt? He became a producer on Arrested Development. How is that contempt?
Contempt? He became a producer on Arrested Development. How is that contempt?
7:23AM on 06/24/2013

Not Guilty

He's not guilty because I don't expect to see him in great films all the time because he's not a high-class actor. I see him as someone who will pretty much do any movie.

And you have Juno in both the Prosecution and Defense....Mistake?
He's not guilty because I don't expect to see him in great films all the time because he's not a high-class actor. I see him as someone who will pretty much do any movie.

And you have Juno in both the Prosecution and Defense....Mistake?
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8:39AM on 06/24/2013
You didn't actually read The Defense section, eh?
You didn't actually read The Defense section, eh?
9:06AM on 06/24/2013
Obviously not since I asked if it was a mistake. I didn't say it was. rme
Obviously not since I asked if it was a mistake. I didn't say it was. rme