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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

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The Case

The Prosecution: Blade: Trinity, The In-Laws, Smokin' Aces, Chaos Theory, Adventureland, The Proposal, Buried, Green Lantern, The Change-Up, Safe House, R.I.P.D.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you know how sometimes you'll meet a woman and immediately think she's special? Maybe she said the right thing at the right time or you're distracted by her looks, but for whatever reason you believe this one is unique and worth pursuing. However, after some time the cracks begin to show: you discover her tramp stamp, way too many ex-boyfriends hang around her, she "relates" to Taylor Swift and her favorite television show is (gulp) the CW's Beauty & the Beast. You sadly come to the realization that this girl is not different and everything will end in tears. This is how the prosecution feels about Ryan Rodney Reynolds.

The prosecution first saw Mr. Reynolds in the television series Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and thought he was an incredibly funny, charismatic actor. He was probably the best thing about the show, and we believed that Mr. Reynolds had a very bright future ahead of him. Although Mr. Reynolds had a small part in Dick and appeared in television movies like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, his first real movie that gave him exposure was 2002's National Lampoon's Van Wilder. Although the film is like many of the over-the-top disgusting, sexual teen movies at the time (think Road Trip, American Pie or Euro Trip), Mr. Reynolds' performance is spot-on and perfect. The movie certainly isn't a masterpiece and we're not talking about some tragedy filled drama here, but it was a perfect showcase for Mr. Reynolds' talents at the time and he nailed it.

But it was soon after Van Wilder that the prosecution started to get annoyed by the actor. Some may have enjoyed him in Blade: Trinity, but Mr. Reynolds just rubbed the prosecution the wrong way in that film. Smokin' Aces has its moments, but the prosecution argues that Mr. Reynolds is the weakest part of that film and the same could also be said for Safe House. To be honest, Mr. Reynolds just hasn't done much to impress the prosecution lately. Part of the reason has been his performances in films, but it has also been some of the movies he has picked to star in. Adventureland is like a depressing version of Waiting ..., while The Change-Up and The Proposal are extremely safe (and bad) romantic comedies. Sure he's mixed things up with Buried and Chaos Theory, but does he really do anything to "wow" you in either film? 

Then there's Green Lantern. The movie has a ton of flaws, but the prosecution has always felt one of the film's big problems was Mr. Reynolds portrayal of the character: he just wasn't a believable Hal Jordan. In fact, the prosecution doesn't feel like Mr. Reynolds is at his best whenever he is in an action or comic book movie. Once again, part of the problem is the projects he has appeared in (was anyone ever excited for R.I.P.D.?) but at least part of the blame has to be placed on the actor himself as well. He was also attached to the Highlander reboot until a couple of months ago, another film that just doesn't sound appealing. The prosecution believes a few months in Movie Jail would be good for the public and Mr. Reynolds.

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The Defense: National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Waiting..., The Amityville Horror, The Nines, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Paper Man, Just Friends, Definately Maybe

Ladies and gentlemen, the prosecution sounds like that douche bag that doesn't like an obscure band anymore because they've became popular. Yes most women could probably pick him out of a line-up of just shirtless torsos, but my client isn't a typical pretty boy actor and he doesn't receive nearly enough credit for how diverse his filmography is. Furthermore, the defense believes that Mr. Reynolds is doing just fine with the projects he picks.

Just because Mr. Reynolds is "popular" doesn't mean he's only does big budget, CGI filled films, nor has he been stuck playing a love interest in countless romantic comedies. The actor has done great work in smaller, underrated films like The Nines and Paper Man besides appearing in major studio films. While some of his big films and other movies have been bombs or poorly received by critics, the defense really doesn't feel that Mr. Reynolds is at fault in most cases. My client also isn't a "safe" actor like the prosecution makes him out to be. Buried is a perfect example of Mr. Reynolds trying something different, and it was an incredibly ballsy film for my client to star in. The entire film hinges on Mr. Reynolds' performance, and even if you thought he wasn't that great in the film you have to at least recognize that he is willing to take risks with the movies he appears in.

Even when Mr. Reynolds has starred in romantic comedies they have been better than most of the shit that gets released year after year. Definitely, Maybe and Just Friends are funny movies that had a surprising amount of heart without being too cheesy. Both films could have been blander or just not as good without my client involved.

This will probably be the only time you'll ever see X-Men Origins: Wolverine used as a defense, but Mr. Reynolds was actually a damn good Deadpool, even if they mucked up the character. They as in Fox (once again not my client's fault) and the the defense argues the only reason we still hear rumors about a Deadpool solo film is because of Mr. Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds for Movie Jail? Not bloody likely. My final argument is this: is Ryan Reynolds on the same level as Ashton Kutcher? Is he even on par with Paul Walker? Hell no, and Mr. Walker was found not guilty when he was on trial so why is Mr. Reynolds so deserving of a cell? My client should get a not guilty verdict, and I trust the jury will make the right decision.

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IN CLOSING...

Verdict time! What are you guys going to do with Ryan Reynolds? Send him to Movie Jail or set him free? Does the prosecution have a case against the actor? I ask you the jury, is Ryan Reynolds 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?

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LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Jennifer Lopez Guilty

In the case of Movie Jail vs. Jennifer Lopez, the jury has found the actress GUILTY of all charges. After making sure we actually had Jennifer Lopez and not Mitch Connor, we threw her and her ass in jail. The children of the world can sleep safely tonight knowing that Miss Lopez will be locked away from all cameras and microphones for a very long time.

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7:59PM on 07/30/2013
Not guilty!

Also using "Buried" and "Adventureland" as part of the prosecution? That's just wrong. They were both great films and should have been used for his defence instead.
Not guilty!

Also using "Buried" and "Adventureland" as part of the prosecution? That's just wrong. They were both great films and should have been used for his defence instead.
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7:31PM on 07/30/2013
I wont say he is guilty but he definitely needs some Movie help....he always plays the same character....nothing over the top, like Safe House...that was not Reynolds playing Matt Weston, but him playing himself again....he needs to switch it up, he needs to show us if he has some variety.
I wont say he is guilty but he definitely needs some Movie help....he always plays the same character....nothing over the top, like Safe House...that was not Reynolds playing Matt Weston, but him playing himself again....he needs to switch it up, he needs to show us if he has some variety.
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2:28PM on 07/30/2013

Not Guilty

I won't go out of my way to defend his movies as high brow of any kind, but if I don't feel he's the same level as Adam Sandler low brow comedy.
I won't go out of my way to defend his movies as high brow of any kind, but if I don't feel he's the same level as Adam Sandler low brow comedy.
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11:05AM on 07/30/2013
You put Buried in the prosecution? Really?? In my opinion, that is hands down his best performance (and it was a very good performance, considering it was him in a box for 90 minutes and he kept me engaged, enthralled and on the edge of my seat). I also really liked Safe House and his performance in Adventureland was pretty good and quite nuanced. This is comign from someone who isn't even particularly a fan. I'm kind of nutural when it comes to him as an actor. It just seems a bit odd those
You put Buried in the prosecution? Really?? In my opinion, that is hands down his best performance (and it was a very good performance, considering it was him in a box for 90 minutes and he kept me engaged, enthralled and on the edge of my seat). I also really liked Safe House and his performance in Adventureland was pretty good and quite nuanced. This is comign from someone who isn't even particularly a fan. I'm kind of nutural when it comes to him as an actor. It just seems a bit odd those movies would be used against him.

Though he's far from perfect, I think a lot of the problem has to do with picking bad roles. He's proven he does have talent. He just needs to put it to better use. Not Guilty.
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9:54AM on 07/30/2013

Not guilty

Smokin' Aces shouldn't be up there, Safe House, and Adventureland definitely shouldn't be, and Blade:Trinity while the worse of the three, wasn't awful, and if you disagree and think it was it wan't because of him.
Smokin' Aces shouldn't be up there, Safe House, and Adventureland definitely shouldn't be, and Blade:Trinity while the worse of the three, wasn't awful, and if you disagree and think it was it wan't because of him.
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8:48AM on 07/30/2013

Not Guilty

When he's well cast he's thoroughly entertaining. If he's been in a few noticable turkeys, I certainly don't think he's a movie jail levels of terrible. It's rare that he's the reason a movie turns out awful, as I see it.
When he's well cast he's thoroughly entertaining. If he's been in a few noticable turkeys, I certainly don't think he's a movie jail levels of terrible. It's rare that he's the reason a movie turns out awful, as I see it.
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5:30AM on 07/30/2013

Not Guilty (but accept my man love for him may cloud my objectivity)

Perhaps it's coz I loved him in Van Wilder so much...but I have man love for this guy - I've always liked him. It's a shame his movies seem to always either flop and/or are not well received. May be I'm too hard on myself with the objectivity issue - I definitely enjoyed his roles in The Proposal (hey, I enjoyed the movie!), Safe House (good movie!) and his Deadpool before he became Deadpool. I don't actually have a view on his role in Green Lantern coz that story just sucked so badly... I
Perhaps it's coz I loved him in Van Wilder so much...but I have man love for this guy - I've always liked him. It's a shame his movies seem to always either flop and/or are not well received. May be I'm too hard on myself with the objectivity issue - I definitely enjoyed his roles in The Proposal (hey, I enjoyed the movie!), Safe House (good movie!) and his Deadpool before he became Deadpool. I don't actually have a view on his role in Green Lantern coz that story just sucked so badly... I don't remember anything else other than being bored.
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12:12AM on 07/30/2013

Guilty By Association

Reynolds is a tough actor to peg. This is evidenced by your Prosecution/Defense sending mixed messages. He's appealing and likable and yet...not. He's got the size, looks and body of a born action star, but he's got the personality of a born comedic d-bag. I always thought his best dramatic performance was in the pretty-bad Amityville Horror remake and his best comedic performance is absolutely Van Wilder, despite it being a mediocre cash grab on the dirty teen comedy trend of the late
Reynolds is a tough actor to peg. This is evidenced by your Prosecution/Defense sending mixed messages. He's appealing and likable and yet...not. He's got the size, looks and body of a born action star, but he's got the personality of a born comedic d-bag. I always thought his best dramatic performance was in the pretty-bad Amityville Horror remake and his best comedic performance is absolutely Van Wilder, despite it being a mediocre cash grab on the dirty teen comedy trend of the late 90's-early 00's. That d-bag persona only worked when he was practically a kid. As an adult it just comes off as unappealing and immature.

So where does that leave us? Reynolds seems like this very weird combination of traits and talents that don't really suit any genre perfectly and yet he's generally likable enough that people won't give up on trying to make him the star he may not be destined to be.
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11:44PM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty, if

He gives us an R-rated Deadpool within the next 2 years...
He gives us an R-rated Deadpool within the next 2 years...
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11:05PM on 07/29/2013
Next week defendant... Pauly Shore
Next week defendant... Pauly Shore
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12:02AM on 07/30/2013
I think you still have to be in movies to qualify for this.
I think you still have to be in movies to qualify for this.
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10:45PM on 07/29/2013

NOT GUILTY

He's not on Happy Madison level
He's not on Happy Madison level
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9:58PM on 07/29/2013

He's no draw

I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
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10:09PM on 07/29/2013
Sorry for all the double posts. Just tried to refresh my browser.
Sorry for all the double posts. Just tried to refresh my browser.
9:57PM on 07/29/2013

He's no draw

I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
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9:32PM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty...

But definitely treading on thin ice. He needs to open himself up to try new things. Green Lantern was the perfect opportunity for him to man-up and do something different (similar to what Chris Evans was faced with Captain America) but he played it safe instead. I know the guys is capable of more than his shtick, he just has to step-up.
But definitely treading on thin ice. He needs to open himself up to try new things. Green Lantern was the perfect opportunity for him to man-up and do something different (similar to what Chris Evans was faced with Captain America) but he played it safe instead. I know the guys is capable of more than his shtick, he just has to step-up.
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9:31PM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty...

But definitely treading on thin ice. He needs to open himself up to try new things. Green Lantern was the perfect opportunity for him to man-up and do something different (similar to what Chris Evans was faced with Captain America) but he played it safe instead. I know the guys is capable of more than his shtick, he just has to step-up.
But definitely treading on thin ice. He needs to open himself up to try new things. Green Lantern was the perfect opportunity for him to man-up and do something different (similar to what Chris Evans was faced with Captain America) but he played it safe instead. I know the guys is capable of more than his shtick, he just has to step-up.
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8:54PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

I always thought his performance was awesome in smokin aces, and chaos theory is on the wrong side.
I always thought his performance was awesome in smokin aces, and chaos theory is on the wrong side.
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7:33PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

I always thought his performance was awesome in smokin aces, and chaos theory is on the wrong side.
I always thought his performance was awesome in smokin aces, and chaos theory is on the wrong side.
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6:39PM on 07/29/2013
Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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5:59PM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

First, did you just flip a coin to decide which movies would be used for the prosecution or the defense?
Second, it was a close call but he's guilty. When he does comedy, it just seems like different versions of Van Wilder all the time, and it's been getting tiresome. When he does drama or action, he's boring. He has a few good roles (like buried) but more bad IMO.
First, did you just flip a coin to decide which movies would be used for the prosecution or the defense?
Second, it was a close call but he's guilty. When he does comedy, it just seems like different versions of Van Wilder all the time, and it's been getting tiresome. When he does drama or action, he's boring. He has a few good roles (like buried) but more bad IMO.
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5:19PM on 07/29/2013
Not Guilty! fuck it i'm lazy but yea NOT GUILTY!
Not Guilty! fuck it i'm lazy but yea NOT GUILTY!
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4:30PM on 07/29/2013

Good in small doses (guilty)

As a lead actor, he's guilty, the guy can't carry a movie to save his life, not good enough of an actor to have the story revolve around him. As a supporting role or part of an ensemble (Smokin Aces was amazing, don't know what you're on Jesse) he's fine.

Reynold is guilty, Soloist is guilty, and Jesse I want a 5 page essay on how Smokin' Aces was a bad movie by next week. Make it happen.

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As a lead actor, he's guilty, the guy can't carry a movie to save his life, not good enough of an actor to have the story revolve around him. As a supporting role or part of an ensemble (Smokin Aces was amazing, don't know what you're on Jesse) he's fine.

Reynold is guilty, Soloist is guilty, and Jesse I want a 5 page essay on how Smokin' Aces was a bad movie by next week. Make it happen.

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4:37PM on 07/29/2013
I second Rock.
I second Rock.
5:34PM on 07/29/2013
I don´t have a 5 page essay but the overly dramatic, whiny ending with that bullshit twist nobody gives a fuck about totally derailed "Smoking Aces" for me and turned a chaotic, fun action-satire into a wannabe-serious gangster drama. So yeah, it pretty much sucked!
I don´t have a 5 page essay but the overly dramatic, whiny ending with that bullshit twist nobody gives a fuck about totally derailed "Smoking Aces" for me and turned a chaotic, fun action-satire into a wannabe-serious gangster drama. So yeah, it pretty much sucked!
11:19PM on 07/29/2013
i'll give the ending being totally BS, however, the assassins, the entertaining banter, Piven, as well as the action sequences were more than enough to counter the shittiness of the ending. One part of the movie shouldn't be enough to take away so much awesomeness leading up to it. Does it suck and leave an awful taste in your mouth after watching the film? Ya, but do you choose to remember the ending or the fun that preceded it? It's kinda like Return of the King, Do you remember all the
i'll give the ending being totally BS, however, the assassins, the entertaining banter, Piven, as well as the action sequences were more than enough to counter the shittiness of the ending. One part of the movie shouldn't be enough to take away so much awesomeness leading up to it. Does it suck and leave an awful taste in your mouth after watching the film? Ya, but do you choose to remember the ending or the fun that preceded it? It's kinda like Return of the King, Do you remember all the boring bs they did after the ring was destroyed or the epicness that happened prior?
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4:17PM on 07/29/2013
Reynold's is a very good actor (watch Buried), he just usually picks bad movies. Not Guilty.
Reynold's is a very good actor (watch Buried), he just usually picks bad movies. Not Guilty.
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3:49PM on 07/29/2013

Guily

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine is your DEFENSE, you know you're guilty.
When X-Men Origins: Wolverine is your DEFENSE, you know you're guilty.
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3:25PM on 07/29/2013
He's one guilty mother fucka, really though, he deserves it.

Buried and Paperman are the only 2 decent performances he has given.
He's one guilty mother fucka, really though, he deserves it.

Buried and Paperman are the only 2 decent performances he has given.
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3:07PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

Reynolds should turn States Evidence on his agent but Reynolds is a talented actor that has chosen his projects very poorly. He was miscast in Green Lantern when he is clearly more suited for The Flash or a solo Deadpool movie. I have been
a fan of Reynolds sine he was on "Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place". He was great in "Waiting..." and if he chooses the correct projects he could be a similar star to Bradley Cooper...he would have been great in "The Hangover" movies. I expect more from
Reynolds should turn States Evidence on his agent but Reynolds is a talented actor that has chosen his projects very poorly. He was miscast in Green Lantern when he is clearly more suited for The Flash or a solo Deadpool movie. I have been
a fan of Reynolds sine he was on "Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place". He was great in "Waiting..." and if he chooses the correct projects he could be a similar star to Bradley Cooper...he would have been great in "The Hangover" movies. I expect more from him and would like to see him stretch his acting muscles a little bit more but I find him Not Guilty of these charges!
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2:51PM on 07/29/2013
Oh yeah and a few years ago I always confused him with Dane Cook. Same size, same face, same range, almost the same roles.
Oh yeah and a few years ago I always confused him with Dane Cook. Same size, same face, same range, almost the same roles.
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3:01PM on 07/29/2013
I did that too, but I think it was mainly bc of ...waiting. I was finally able to tell them apart when I realized Dane Cook is unbearable
I did that too, but I think it was mainly bc of ...waiting. I was finally able to tell them apart when I realized Dane Cook is unbearable
2:40PM on 07/29/2013

GUILTY

Fully capable actor who only picks mainstream duds.

But don't worry, Ryan. If ever convicted, the Soloist would hatch an ingenious plan to break you out in no time at all...
Fully capable actor who only picks mainstream duds.

But don't worry, Ryan. If ever convicted, the Soloist would hatch an ingenious plan to break you out in no time at all...
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2:36PM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty!

He is really smooth and has great comedic timing!
He is really smooth and has great comedic timing!
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2:36PM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty

He may be annoying in some movies. But he is usually spot on for the role. In X-men Origins he was good just terrible script and directing.
He may be annoying in some movies. But he is usually spot on for the role. In X-men Origins he was good just terrible script and directing.
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2:29PM on 07/29/2013

Glad to see Amityville Horror on the Defense's side...

I really thought he did a fantastic job in that movie and it never seemed to get much love.

Oh, and Not Guilty. Dude's talented, he's just on a bad run as of late. He might deserve a ticket, but not Movie Jail.
I really thought he did a fantastic job in that movie and it never seemed to get much love.

Oh, and Not Guilty. Dude's talented, he's just on a bad run as of late. He might deserve a ticket, but not Movie Jail.
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9:32PM on 07/29/2013
I concur...one of the few times he's shown his range.
I concur...one of the few times he's shown his range.
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2:09PM on 07/29/2013
Guilty. Dont know. His "puppy eyes-look" does nothing for me.
Guilty. Dont know. His "puppy eyes-look" does nothing for me.
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1:58PM on 07/29/2013

NOT GUILTY

WTF is up with your picks for the prosecution? You've got Buried, a movie that was great and overlooked by a lot of people....Blade 3, not the best movie but he stole every scene he was in...Smokin Aces which was a badass movie...The Proposal, a funny and cute romantic comedy...Green Lantern, bad movie but he was good in it...and The Change-Up, a very very underrated film that was hilarious. Oh and Safe House...WTF...that movie was really good.
Yes I agree he's kinda gone down hill with
WTF is up with your picks for the prosecution? You've got Buried, a movie that was great and overlooked by a lot of people....Blade 3, not the best movie but he stole every scene he was in...Smokin Aces which was a badass movie...The Proposal, a funny and cute romantic comedy...Green Lantern, bad movie but he was good in it...and The Change-Up, a very very underrated film that was hilarious. Oh and Safe House...WTF...that movie was really good.
Yes I agree he's kinda gone down hill with some movie picks and R.I.P.D didn't help at all. But he's done a lot more good than bad in his career.
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1:56PM on 07/29/2013

guilty

As fuck!!!!
As fuck!!!!
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1:49PM on 07/29/2013

Hurm....

I'm not gonna vote on this one because I don't know which way to vote, but I do have a few things to say. First of all the prosecution and defense has A LOT of bad evidence. The prosecution says Smokin' Aces is bad? Adventureland is a little boring but Reynolds and Martin Starr are the best part of the movie (and it's not a bad movie), Safe House is an ok movie, Buried features Reynold's best performance to date, and is a solid thriller, and say what you want about Green Lantern, Reynolds
I'm not gonna vote on this one because I don't know which way to vote, but I do have a few things to say. First of all the prosecution and defense has A LOT of bad evidence. The prosecution says Smokin' Aces is bad? Adventureland is a little boring but Reynolds and Martin Starr are the best part of the movie (and it's not a bad movie), Safe House is an ok movie, Buried features Reynold's best performance to date, and is a solid thriller, and say what you want about Green Lantern, Reynolds wasn't bad in it. He did what he could. The movie was not bad because of him. Unless you are just a Reynolds hater, I think you'll agree with me on that. Now for the defense, no matter how good Reynolds may be at Deadpool, the movie overall ruined that character, and therefore his performance. So I guess I'll agree that he was good in 15 minutes of it, but if X-Men: Origins is on there, Green Lantern should be too (and Buried), though I agree he's a lot better as Deadpool than as Green Lantern. Reynolds is hard for me. I like him. I won't go see a movie just bc he's in it (RIPD looked terrible from the get-go), but I like him and think he has a lot of potential. Recently, and I thought about this before this article, he has reminded me of all the hate Ben Affleck got last time he was starring in a lot of movies (Daredevil, Gigli, Jersey Girl, Paycheck, Surviving Christmas). None of those movies were all that great and a few were absolutely terrible, but NONE of them where given a chance bc it was popular to hate on Ben Affleck (and some of those movies are solid - Jersey Girl). Now it seems the exact same thing with Reynolds, except for the possibility of him playing Deadpool again. I've been a fan of Ben Affleck since Good Will Hunting, and I've been a fan of Reynolds since Van Wilder (though one of those films is obviously a million times better than the other). Like Ben during his rough patch, and in everything I saw him in before that, I think Reynolds has tons of potential to be a great actor, but I don't know how to get that potential out. Aside from Deadpool, I don't think it's playing a smart-ass, or being in action/super-hero movies. I'm not suggesting he direct films, but he should start talking with GOOD writers and directors
he knows and ask him to do some things made for him in the lead to test his range. And he should prolly get a new agent. He should try to get more roles like Ryan Gosling/Joaqain Phoenix type roles and films. I could name a lot more actors whose type of career he should follow, but he should definitely stop trying to be the wise-cracking hero of blockbusters. He's going to have to do smaller films now for awhile, because unfortunately for him, the amount of money RIPD seems like it's gonna lose will make it very hard for him to get another offer to star in another big-budget film (even Turbo isn't doing that well). I don't know. I think he has potential to be an award winning (or at least nominated) actor under the right vision and focus from him, but maybe I'm wrong and he just has terrible choice in scripts. End of (long) rant.
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2:14PM on 07/29/2013

If Paul Walker got not-guilty, then Reynolds DEFINITELY deserves the same. I just think he should take a 6-8 month break, talk to his peers, be patient and wait for GREAT scripts, even if he's not the lead role, and talk to his peers about the state of his career and where he wants it to go, especially Ben Affleck. And get a new manager that will fight for him to get roles where he isn't typecast.

If Paul Walker got not-guilty, then Reynolds DEFINITELY deserves the same. I just think he should take a 6-8 month break, talk to his peers, be patient and wait for GREAT scripts, even if he's not the lead role, and talk to his peers about the state of his career and where he wants it to go, especially Ben Affleck. And get a new manager that will fight for him to get roles where he isn't typecast.
2:55PM on 07/29/2013
He should also go talk to Matthew McConaughey
He should also go talk to Matthew McConaughey
4:11PM on 07/29/2013
I am not a Reynolds hater, but I did think he was miscast in 'Green Lantern'. In the interest of fairness though, I will say he's no worse than anyone else in the movie (they all must have been given terrible direction). Aside from that, I agree with you.
I am not a Reynolds hater, but I did think he was miscast in 'Green Lantern'. In the interest of fairness though, I will say he's no worse than anyone else in the movie (they all must have been given terrible direction). Aside from that, I agree with you.
1:47PM on 07/29/2013

WTF?!

Another terrible case, Ryan is not guilty. You hated Buried? Smokin Aces? But liked XMen Origins?! Are we running out of bad actors? How about you do Mark Wahlberg next? He actually needs it.
"Oh let me play a Boston cop who takes down a corrupt mayor, or a Boston boxer, or a Boston weightlifter who lives in Miami, or a Boston football player who tries out for the Eagles, or a Boston smuggler"
Another terrible case, Ryan is not guilty. You hated Buried? Smokin Aces? But liked XMen Origins?! Are we running out of bad actors? How about you do Mark Wahlberg next? He actually needs it.
"Oh let me play a Boston cop who takes down a corrupt mayor, or a Boston boxer, or a Boston weightlifter who lives in Miami, or a Boston football player who tries out for the Eagles, or a Boston smuggler"
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3:04PM on 07/29/2013
Don't forget a regular Boston guy with a talking teddy bear!
Don't forget a regular Boston guy with a talking teddy bear!
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1:34PM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

I like him a lot and I think his true gift is comedy, but dude is GUILTY AS HELL
I like him a lot and I think his true gift is comedy, but dude is GUILTY AS HELL
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1:16PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

Ridiculous arguments in this weeks defendant. You guys gave Buried a 7/10 review, yet it's in the Prosecution, interesting.
Ridiculous arguments in this weeks defendant. You guys gave Buried a 7/10 review, yet it's in the Prosecution, interesting.
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1:14PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guitly

BTW, you should switch Adventureland and X-Men Origins; Wolverine around on here. Adventureland was fantastic!
BTW, you should switch Adventureland and X-Men Origins; Wolverine around on here. Adventureland was fantastic!
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1:07PM on 07/29/2013
not guilty
not guilty
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1:07PM on 07/29/2013

wtf...

I don't care if he is found guilty cuz he isn't that great. My problem is the prosecution movies. Adventureland, Safe House, Buried, and Smokin Aces are all good flicks. You sir have an odd taste in movies.
I don't care if he is found guilty cuz he isn't that great. My problem is the prosecution movies. Adventureland, Safe House, Buried, and Smokin Aces are all good flicks. You sir have an odd taste in movies.
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12:58PM on 07/29/2013

BACKWARDS.

Some of the films in the Prosecution should be in the Defense and viceversa. I know it says there that the picks aren't the truth, but you can't have that kind of unbalance.

I've always hated VAN WILDER, and he played the same character in BUYING THE COW. But he was just starting (every actor would say "Yes" to the first lead role offer), so he gets a pass. JUST FRIENDS showed that he can totally be a lead actor. THE NINES was a nice experiment with a lot of flaws, including weak acting from
Some of the films in the Prosecution should be in the Defense and viceversa. I know it says there that the picks aren't the truth, but you can't have that kind of unbalance.

I've always hated VAN WILDER, and he played the same character in BUYING THE COW. But he was just starting (every actor would say "Yes" to the first lead role offer), so he gets a pass. JUST FRIENDS showed that he can totally be a lead actor. THE NINES was a nice experiment with a lot of flaws, including weak acting from everyone. FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN showed he has talent for dramas. I don't even remember how he was in ADVENTURELAND and X-MEN, but maybe that's just me. He wasn't great in THE PROPOSAL, but good enough for the type of rom-com it was (and his chemistry with Sandra Bullock made the movie). He carried BURIED despite being the only actor on screen (very few can do that). In GREEN LANTERN, HAL JORDAN was clearly re-written to fit Ryan's usual characters. I don't know if he asked for that or not, but he must've noticed when he read the script, which means he didn't do much comic book research. In THE CHANGE-UP (a guilty pleasure of mine, though I know it's stupid), him and Jason Bateman didn't make an arragement on how to play each other (it felt like they first met when they arrived on set), so their performances didn't flow. I'm the only one who hated Denzel Washington's performance in SAFE HOUSE. Ryan wasn't great, but when you're good compared to someone who has had a better career than you...

I'm gonna say Not Guilty because I've never seen him give a TERRIBLE performance.

Next week: Milla Jovovich (unless you wanna wait until RESIDENT EVIL PART 6 comes out?).
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12:55PM on 07/29/2013

guilty

As fuck!!!!
As fuck!!!!
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12:55PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

Maybe I have a soft spot for him or I just like his charisma but either way I will watch just about anything that he is in once. Repeat viewings depends on the movie though.
Maybe I have a soft spot for him or I just like his charisma but either way I will watch just about anything that he is in once. Repeat viewings depends on the movie though.
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12:50PM on 07/29/2013

Guilty!

Ummmm......you have some really crap films under defense with a pair of decent ones under prosecution? Get your shit together Jesse.
Ummmm......you have some really crap films under defense with a pair of decent ones under prosecution? Get your shit together Jesse.
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12:33PM on 07/29/2013
The defense is Van Wilder and The Amityville Horror but the prosecution is Safe House and Adventureland? I'm sorry but that is flat out ridiculous.
The defense is Van Wilder and The Amityville Horror but the prosecution is Safe House and Adventureland? I'm sorry but that is flat out ridiculous.
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6:43PM on 07/29/2013
Okay Amityville was terrible, almost as bad as the original, Adventureland is one of the few good movies he's made.
Okay Amityville was terrible, almost as bad as the original, Adventureland is one of the few good movies he's made.
12:22PM on 07/29/2013

He's no draw

I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
I don't go to see a movie because Reynolds is in it, and they're usually not that great.
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12:21PM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

I find him likeable enough, but he need to choose better his movies. I'd like to see him as Deadpool in that X-Force movie.
I find him likeable enough, but he need to choose better his movies. I'd like to see him as Deadpool in that X-Force movie.
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12:18PM on 07/29/2013

Guilty...

But I'll let him off early for good behavior if he starts picking better roles.
But I'll let him off early for good behavior if he starts picking better roles.
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12:17PM on 07/29/2013

I like Reynolds but...

GUILTY! The guy is like the Joe DiMaggio of bombs, a real streak going.
GUILTY! The guy is like the Joe DiMaggio of bombs, a real streak going.
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11:51AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

First off the prosecution is downright moronic. Listing good films to make your case against Reynolds gives this a Not Guilty. Secondly the people who trash him here today are probably the same people who rave about him as Deadpool and how much he deserves to play him in future films.
First off the prosecution is downright moronic. Listing good films to make your case against Reynolds gives this a Not Guilty. Secondly the people who trash him here today are probably the same people who rave about him as Deadpool and how much he deserves to play him in future films.
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2:24PM on 07/29/2013
He doesnt deserve a second shot at deadpool, he is a bad actor, he can olay funny a little bit, but as an actor he has no depth.
He doesnt deserve a second shot at deadpool, he is a bad actor, he can olay funny a little bit, but as an actor he has no depth.
11:50AM on 07/29/2013

NOT GUILTY

Arguments:
Green Lantern- I get it but he didn't write the thing. Since when is a Jordan a wise ass ever. He should have been cast as the Flash no question about it but I guess DC/Warner was too impatient and wanted him in their universe before Marvel could snag him for a Deadpool franchise.
Blade Trinity- He was bad ass and hilarious in this....the films saving grace. I give him credit just for pissing off Wesley Snipes who obviously felt threatened by Ryan's screen presence and didn't want
Arguments:
Green Lantern- I get it but he didn't write the thing. Since when is a Jordan a wise ass ever. He should have been cast as the Flash no question about it but I guess DC/Warner was too impatient and wanted him in their universe before Marvel could snag him for a Deadpool franchise.
Blade Trinity- He was bad ass and hilarious in this....the films saving grace. I give him credit just for pissing off Wesley Snipes who obviously felt threatened by Ryan's screen presence and didn't want to share the film with him.
The Change-Up- Did the prosecution even watch this movie? It was hilarious. The only thing I didn't like about this movie was Ryan's weird hair extensions/hair plug thing/wig he had going on.
Smokin' Aces- This movie rocked. The prosecution must have been watching Smokin Aces 2.
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11:46AM on 07/29/2013

what????

The prosecution is fucking awful. Half of those movies don't belong on there
The prosecution is fucking awful. Half of those movies don't belong on there
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11:37AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

I didn't know Reynolds and his career was such a controversial topic. Folks are getting pissed!
I didn't know Reynolds and his career was such a controversial topic. Folks are getting pissed!
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11:20AM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

I can't stand this guy. He just plays a douchey character in almost every movie. Guilty as fuck
I can't stand this guy. He just plays a douchey character in almost every movie. Guilty as fuck
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3:56PM on 07/29/2013
Nothing wrong with playing a douchey character. I mean, douchey characters make films more entertaining.
Nothing wrong with playing a douchey character. I mean, douchey characters make films more entertaining.
11:08AM on 07/29/2013

Bloody Weird

So the prosecution has listed not only critically favored films, but films in which Reynolds' performance is actually the main focus of said critics' praise. WTF? What is going on with this column lately? A few weeks ago the defense completely contradicted itself within two sentences of the opening paragraph. And accusing 'Adventure land' of being like 'Waiting...' in any way, shape, or form, besides having Mr. Reynolds in them, is hilariously boneheaded, and causes me to question if the
So the prosecution has listed not only critically favored films, but films in which Reynolds' performance is actually the main focus of said critics' praise. WTF? What is going on with this column lately? A few weeks ago the defense completely contradicted itself within two sentences of the opening paragraph. And accusing 'Adventure land' of being like 'Waiting...' in any way, shape, or form, besides having Mr. Reynolds in them, is hilariously boneheaded, and causes me to question if the prosecution has seen either movie. I am not asking you to like or dislike either (I own both on BR), but they are nothing alike in tone or kind of comedy, etc.

Anyways, on to the main course- Reynolds performance in 'Buried' is heartbreaking and amazing, and it's insulting to even try to suggest otherwise; yes prosecution he has in fact wowed us in that movie, and 'The Nines' and, while I hate that movie, he's good in 'Chaos Theory'. If the prosecution makes an exception for his (very charming) portrayal in 'Van Wilder' (another wise dumb movie), how is it lambasting his actually good/ excellent performances? I do agree, despite the mishandling of the Dead pool character in every imaginable way, Reynolds knocked it out of the park, performance wise.

He may be in some god awful big budget films, but rarely is he the culprit. He is extremely guilty in 'Green Lantern', all parties involved are, and he's guilty in the inexplicably popular, but is actually one of the worst rom-coms of all time 'Just Friends'. However, some like 'Blade: Trinity' failed because of Snipes' diva-esque attitude about the whole thing, and forcing David S. Goyer to rewrite things as he saw fit. So, Reynolds gets a pass there (plus, he's the only fun part of the movie). 'Smokin Aces' is easily one of the best films he's ever been in, and he brings a ton of heart and humanity to the role (I am not kidding. 'Smokin Aces' is a damn near perfect, gloriously kinetic, kickass action film).

Not guilty, but he should be choosier with his bigger budget films. And, can we please get this column back on track? This is one of my favorite things on here, but with the slowly declining quality of the arguments, I don't know of it's worth the time anymore.
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12:11PM on 07/29/2013
The point of Movie Jail (in my opinion) is to open up discussions on actors, actresses, etc. Most of your points are your opinions not facts about Ryan Reynolds or his movies, just like the points I've made are mine. You may have found his performance in Buried heartbreaking but I didn't and I've never been a Reynolds hater either. And that "contradiction" you speak of (if I remember correctly) was about Johnny Depp not working for a paycheck. There's a big difference between needing a
The point of Movie Jail (in my opinion) is to open up discussions on actors, actresses, etc. Most of your points are your opinions not facts about Ryan Reynolds or his movies, just like the points I've made are mine. You may have found his performance in Buried heartbreaking but I didn't and I've never been a Reynolds hater either. And that "contradiction" you speak of (if I remember correctly) was about Johnny Depp not working for a paycheck. There's a big difference between needing a paycheck because he wasn't that established yet and pulling in $20 million a movie (Nick of Time) and needing one because you want a new mansion (Lone Ranger).
7:50PM on 07/29/2013
@JS, while I do agree, Movie Jail is meant to inspire a dialogue about the various people put on trial, and yes, I stated my opinion, as you did (which all of any Movie Jail has been predicated on). However, it's also important to look at critical favor overall, so the defense has a fair shot (while you might not have liked 'Buried', plenty of critics and people did, and that deserves consideration). That contradiction I speak of, is indeed the Johnny Depp paycheck thing. My issue is how that
@JS, while I do agree, Movie Jail is meant to inspire a dialogue about the various people put on trial, and yes, I stated my opinion, as you did (which all of any Movie Jail has been predicated on). However, it's also important to look at critical favor overall, so the defense has a fair shot (while you might not have liked 'Buried', plenty of critics and people did, and that deserves consideration). That contradiction I speak of, is indeed the Johnny Depp paycheck thing. My issue is how that was worded- "...Mr. Depp has ALWAYS picked roles he's interested in, not necessarily for the money...", immediately followed by talks of paycheck roles, which are the exact opposite of what was stated. Yes, Depp needs to make money, so I am positive that a few movies ('The Astronaut's Wife' for example) were made for the money, and because he didn't totally hate those roles. Best way to phrase that, to get what I now believe (based on your reply here) you meant would have been something like, 'Since becoming a household name, he's only done roles that really interest him, not for the money.' By stating that Depp never took a role solely for the money, than trying to introduce the idea, that while talented, he wasn't making all that much, and therefore needed to take a role in X to pay his dues, literally doesn't work with the thesis stated.

More importantly though, something that is neither opinion nor about Depp, is 'Waiting' vs. 'Adventureland'. The two films are comedies and share a star, and bam! Connections and similarities are done! This line is not only harsh, but makes no real sense. For the record, I actually think Reynolds is the worst part of 'Adventureland'. This whole case seems poorly thought out, as if rushed.

Also, the guy below me that called you a dumbass is just being a jerk.
10:21PM on 07/29/2013
@FilmGuy: You are right, I didn't word it correctly with the Johnny Depp one. That's my bad and I should have been better phrased. As far as Adventureland vs Waiting, it's not just because they share a star and are comedies. I just find them similar, and I prefer him in Waiting over Adventureland. I do also have an odd taste with movies at times, but I do try to be fair: I may have not liked him in Buried but I did give him credit for at least attempting it.

Cheers and thanks for the
@FilmGuy: You are right, I didn't word it correctly with the Johnny Depp one. That's my bad and I should have been better phrased. As far as Adventureland vs Waiting, it's not just because they share a star and are comedies. I just find them similar, and I prefer him in Waiting over Adventureland. I do also have an odd taste with movies at times, but I do try to be fair: I may have not liked him in Buried but I did give him credit for at least attempting it.

Cheers and thanks for the response. And thanks for not calling me a dumb ass :)
4:58PM on 07/30/2013
@JS- Just two weeks ago, with the whole Happy Madison company on trial, I thought you were quite fair, against damn near impossible odds. Anyways, I realize that writing this column (and the other articles) for fans that can be as fickle as us movie buffs (myself included of course), can be frustrating and annoying. I am not trying to be harsh, as this column is amazing, and one of the best features on the most kickass site on the webs. With all that, clearly I disagreed with some of your
@JS- Just two weeks ago, with the whole Happy Madison company on trial, I thought you were quite fair, against damn near impossible odds. Anyways, I realize that writing this column (and the other articles) for fans that can be as fickle as us movie buffs (myself included of course), can be frustrating and annoying. I am not trying to be harsh, as this column is amazing, and one of the best features on the most kickass site on the webs. With all that, clearly I disagreed with some of your points this time around, as I feel it's not giving enough credit to certain things. Hopefully, I didn't come off as a super douche.
11:05AM on 07/29/2013

not guilty...you dumbass

he did good in Smokin Aces, Adventureland was a damn fine coming of age movie (seriously...i think this site actually gave it praise), the change up is underrated (i laughed a lot), Chaos Theory was not that great but he started to be diverse, Buried was fucking great (why you put it with the prosecution confuses me), and Safe House was good (as was his role).

The Nines sucked, you think Waiting is a good movie? that movie was fucking stupid and i have a lot of experience in the restaurant
he did good in Smokin Aces, Adventureland was a damn fine coming of age movie (seriously...i think this site actually gave it praise), the change up is underrated (i laughed a lot), Chaos Theory was not that great but he started to be diverse, Buried was fucking great (why you put it with the prosecution confuses me), and Safe House was good (as was his role).

The Nines sucked, you think Waiting is a good movie? that movie was fucking stupid and i have a lot of experience in the restaurant industry.

NOT GUILTY.
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11:18AM on 07/29/2013
Yeah, I was surprised to see Buried in the Prosecution side. I really that Reynolds' best work.
Yeah, I was surprised to see Buried in the Prosecution side. I really that Reynolds' best work.
11:01AM on 07/29/2013

NOT GUILTY

Blade Trinity - I liked him in that one. Actually the few things that I liked on that movie.
Green Lantern - You can't blame him, because of the script.
Buried - Different performance, that shows that he can do more serious roles.
Safe House - The same as the previous.
Blade Trinity - I liked him in that one. Actually the few things that I liked on that movie.
Green Lantern - You can't blame him, because of the script.
Buried - Different performance, that shows that he can do more serious roles.
Safe House - The same as the previous.
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11:00AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

Just a little more good than bad.
Just a little more good than bad.
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10:59AM on 07/29/2013

The Brett Ratner of Acting

GUILTY

If Ryan Reynolds isn't guilty, then no one is and we can stop this column all together.

The only times he's barely tolerable are when directors clearly insisted that he quit the smarmy coolest guy in the room douchebag routine. And in these roles, he's merely forgettable and bland with zero range and a constipated look on his face.

Fuck Ryan Reynolds, fuck his hopeless fans, and especially fuck the movie executives who keep casting him in anything.
GUILTY

If Ryan Reynolds isn't guilty, then no one is and we can stop this column all together.

The only times he's barely tolerable are when directors clearly insisted that he quit the smarmy coolest guy in the room douchebag routine. And in these roles, he's merely forgettable and bland with zero range and a constipated look on his face.

Fuck Ryan Reynolds, fuck his hopeless fans, and especially fuck the movie executives who keep casting him in anything.
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10:56AM on 07/29/2013

NOT GUILTY

If Will Smith can escape a sentence then Ryan Reynolds should definitely be spared.
If Will Smith can escape a sentence then Ryan Reynolds should definitely be spared.
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10:55AM on 07/29/2013
Not guilty
Not guilty
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10:28AM on 07/29/2013

WHAT?

"Adventureland is like a depressing version of Waiting ..." Did you watch both of these films? I officially dislike this column.
"Adventureland is like a depressing version of Waiting ..." Did you watch both of these films? I officially dislike this column.
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11:07AM on 07/29/2013
i highly agree (i just posted my viewpoints above). Waiting was a horrible, horrible film. He and the trainee from Freeks and Geeks were the best parts. Adventureland was a damn fine coming of age movie, I didn't even hate that Twilight non smiling girl. This column is a joke.
i highly agree (i just posted my viewpoints above). Waiting was a horrible, horrible film. He and the trainee from Freeks and Geeks were the best parts. Adventureland was a damn fine coming of age movie, I didn't even hate that Twilight non smiling girl. This column is a joke.
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10:23AM on 07/29/2013

Not guilty

The Change-Up and Safe House weren't bad!
His poor film history shouldn't be a reason to send him to jail. He has a improve a lot and that can't be denied
The Change-Up and Safe House weren't bad!
His poor film history shouldn't be a reason to send him to jail. He has a improve a lot and that can't be denied
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10:21AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

The Proposal was a fun movie, and Ryan Reynolds made that movie click. Hard to use the Proposal as evidence against him. Green Lantern was bad, but NOT because of Reynolds.
The Proposal was a fun movie, and Ryan Reynolds made that movie click. Hard to use the Proposal as evidence against him. Green Lantern was bad, but NOT because of Reynolds.
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10:13AM on 07/29/2013
Not guilty. Buried in the Prosecution? Reynolds carried the WHOLE movie. He's not guilty. Sure, his movies bomb a lot lately but he gives his best performance in every movie.
Not guilty. Buried in the Prosecution? Reynolds carried the WHOLE movie. He's not guilty. Sure, his movies bomb a lot lately but he gives his best performance in every movie.
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10:12AM on 07/29/2013

Absolutely Guilty!

Guilty. No question. Sorry ladies but the truth is he sucks. We all know he is good looking and was Van Wilder at one time. That was 50 bad movies ago and he wasn't into himself like he probably jacks off to pictures of himself kind of ego.
Guilty. No question. Sorry ladies but the truth is he sucks. We all know he is good looking and was Van Wilder at one time. That was 50 bad movies ago and he wasn't into himself like he probably jacks off to pictures of himself kind of ego.
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10:10AM on 07/29/2013
Guilty: he's one of those comic actors who's tried to transition into a big-name action star, albeit fairly unsuccessfully. He's had a recent string of bombs to his name. I guess we should give him credit for surprising people in Buried but on the whole, his bad films do outweigh his good ones. I actually think Green Lantern wasn't all that bad, but it was a really middling film and Ryan Reynolds wasn't a particularly inspired casting choice for Hal. I'll give him this though: he's not the
Guilty: he's one of those comic actors who's tried to transition into a big-name action star, albeit fairly unsuccessfully. He's had a recent string of bombs to his name. I guess we should give him credit for surprising people in Buried but on the whole, his bad films do outweigh his good ones. I actually think Green Lantern wasn't all that bad, but it was a really middling film and Ryan Reynolds wasn't a particularly inspired casting choice for Hal. I'll give him this though: he's not the worst actor to have taken the stand.
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10:10AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty.

He really is a good actor in the right role (ie Smokin' Aces, Buried, The Nines) and its not his fault that Green Lantern and RIPD suffered from script problems. The guy deserves to have a better career and it's not like he puts out crap after crap like Sandler and co.

Not Gulity. Not even close.
He really is a good actor in the right role (ie Smokin' Aces, Buried, The Nines) and its not his fault that Green Lantern and RIPD suffered from script problems. The guy deserves to have a better career and it's not like he puts out crap after crap like Sandler and co.

Not Gulity. Not even close.
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2:37PM on 07/29/2013
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10:10AM on 07/29/2013

Cook 'em up!

How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
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10:10AM on 07/29/2013
This is difficult. Certainly the prosecution is being a tad harsh throwing in Adventureland, The Proposal (I thought he did fine, though the third act still sunk that film), Buried (a film I have not seen but only heard good things about), and even Smokin' Aces, which I think had a lot of good performances in it, but lacked cohesiveness.

At the same time, Ryan Reynolds hasn't really had the sort of success studios have been banking on him having. A big part of that I estimate to be not
This is difficult. Certainly the prosecution is being a tad harsh throwing in Adventureland, The Proposal (I thought he did fine, though the third act still sunk that film), Buried (a film I have not seen but only heard good things about), and even Smokin' Aces, which I think had a lot of good performances in it, but lacked cohesiveness.

At the same time, Ryan Reynolds hasn't really had the sort of success studios have been banking on him having. A big part of that I estimate to be not knowing how to use him. I have trouble taking him seriously in straight-man roles. His good looks mixed with the sarcastic delivery he has down pat makes him just a lot more fun when he's playing a bit of an asshole. He can come off as sweet, too, but he doesn't strike me as particularly tough (never mind his abs).

Not guilty, but only because I still want him to make a Deadpool movie.
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10:08AM on 07/29/2013

Cook 'em up!

How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
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10:07AM on 07/29/2013

what?!

How can people even defend this guy, he is just terrible. GUILTY!!!!!
How can people even defend this guy, he is just terrible. GUILTY!!!!!
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10:07AM on 07/29/2013

D:

Guilty as charged. He sucks.
Guilty as charged. He sucks.
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10:06AM on 07/29/2013

Cook 'em up!

How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
How has this guy been allowed to make movies for as long as he has?!
Guilty as sin!!!
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10:00AM on 07/29/2013

Probation

I can't decide because I really like his dramatic work, but more often than not he is just miscast in roles...take the Highlander remake for instance him dropping out was the best thing he's done in a longtime.

Also he was awful as Deadpool....I am sick of people giving him a pass on it.
I can't decide because I really like his dramatic work, but more often than not he is just miscast in roles...take the Highlander remake for instance him dropping out was the best thing he's done in a longtime.

Also he was awful as Deadpool....I am sick of people giving him a pass on it.
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9:51AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

While some of his recent works have not been the greatest, I do believe that Reynolds has talent as an actor. The problem is he has not found the role that grabs a massive audience and makes him likable to millions (ie Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow or Hugh Jackman's Wolverine). If Reynolds could find this type of role for himself then I think we would start to see more quality films from him and we would be more forgiving of the ones that aren't as good. I really liked the way he played Deadpool
While some of his recent works have not been the greatest, I do believe that Reynolds has talent as an actor. The problem is he has not found the role that grabs a massive audience and makes him likable to millions (ie Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow or Hugh Jackman's Wolverine). If Reynolds could find this type of role for himself then I think we would start to see more quality films from him and we would be more forgiving of the ones that aren't as good. I really liked the way he played Deadpool in Origins even if the character was messed up by the the studio and writers. I feel that a solo Deadpool outing or even Deadpool in the ensemble X-Force film could be that role that he is able to latch onto and that we want to see more of. And let's be honest here. The guy is a better actor than Kristen Stewart and she was found not guilty.
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9:47AM on 07/29/2013

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Odd defense/prosecution this time, mixing up some of the films I'd personally consider to be a part of the opposite category... opinions, opinions, just sayin'. Good pick, since he just had two more relative failures ("relative" being a generous modifier here) come out the same week... but I'm definitely voting to let Ryan go. Maybe put him on parole until he can get a better agent - guy's good stuff, just needs better projects more consistently!
Odd defense/prosecution this time, mixing up some of the films I'd personally consider to be a part of the opposite category... opinions, opinions, just sayin'. Good pick, since he just had two more relative failures ("relative" being a generous modifier here) come out the same week... but I'm definitely voting to let Ryan go. Maybe put him on parole until he can get a better agent - guy's good stuff, just needs better projects more consistently!
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9:42AM on 07/29/2013

Hang This Fucker by his Balls!

Not a single movie i seen him in I enjoyed. I think he ruined the Blade Trilogy, and hurt the chances of a Justice League film. He's a pretty face with 0 talent.
Not a single movie i seen him in I enjoyed. I think he ruined the Blade Trilogy, and hurt the chances of a Justice League film. He's a pretty face with 0 talent.
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11:09AM on 07/29/2013
actually David S Goyer ruined the Blade Trilogy. He was the director of it. Ryan Reynolds was a lot better than Wesley Snipes who just looked bored.
actually David S Goyer ruined the Blade Trilogy. He was the director of it. Ryan Reynolds was a lot better than Wesley Snipes who just looked bored.
9:42AM on 07/29/2013

Do a Deadpool film with Marvel and you'll be back!

Give him another chance ..Not Guilty..Bring Back Van Wilder-ness in your self sir
Give him another chance ..Not Guilty..Bring Back Van Wilder-ness in your self sir
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9:38AM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

I think he's a really good actor, but right now everything i see him in i just refer to as the "Not Deadpool Movie". He is guilty until he gets that done in my eyes
I think he's a really good actor, but right now everything i see him in i just refer to as the "Not Deadpool Movie". He is guilty until he gets that done in my eyes
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9:38AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

Buried was a great movie
Buried was a great movie
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9:35AM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

Got nothing against him. But he hasn't done a good movie since Waiting or Just Friends. His cameo in Ted was funny too. Comedies are just something he should stick to, because he's just so one note, and that one note fits well with comedies.
Got nothing against him. But he hasn't done a good movie since Waiting or Just Friends. His cameo in Ted was funny too. Comedies are just something he should stick to, because he's just so one note, and that one note fits well with comedies.
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9:35AM on 07/29/2013

Not Guilty

How can you ever be mad at that face?

Sure he's been in a lot of blunders, but the guy is so charismatic, I could watch him cook poop and still love it.
How can you ever be mad at that face?

Sure he's been in a lot of blunders, but the guy is so charismatic, I could watch him cook poop and still love it.
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9:30AM on 07/29/2013

This is tough...but guilty...temporarily.

I actually like the guy and he can give a really great performance (he was awesome in BURIED) but lately he's just been playing himself over and over and over again and it's getting very old. I think he needs to serve a bit of time and while he's in the can, he should read about how Matthew McConaughey broke out of his rut and became one of the best actors working today.
I actually like the guy and he can give a really great performance (he was awesome in BURIED) but lately he's just been playing himself over and over and over again and it's getting very old. I think he needs to serve a bit of time and while he's in the can, he should read about how Matthew McConaughey broke out of his rut and became one of the best actors working today.
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9:23AM on 07/29/2013

Guilty

I love him, but he's gotta stop taking jobs for movies he shouldnt be in, stick to comedies
I love him, but he's gotta stop taking jobs for movies he shouldnt be in, stick to comedies
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