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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Terrence Howard!

Mar. 31, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Sabotage, Dead Man Down, Winnie Mandela, Movie 43, Red Tails, The Ledge, Fighting, The Perfect Holiday, Awake, August Rush, The Salon, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Glitter, Angel Eyes, Big Momma's House

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, several Oscar nominated actors have been considered for Movie Jail in the past, however the prosecution would argue very few of them have as much straight-up garbage on their filmography as Terrence Howard. While the actor will occasionally appear in something decent, Mr. Howard has starred in some really awful films during his career.

Even before Hustle & Flow, Mr. Howard had a habit of showing up in dreadful films, and I'm not talking about movies with "mixed reviews" either. The prosecution doesn't know anyone who likes (or willing to admit they like) Big Momma's House, and Angel Eyes is just another forgettable J-Lo flick. But neither film is as bad as Glitter, which many consider to be one of the worst movies of all time.

One would think with all the award nominations Mr. Howard received for Hustle & Flow and Crash his filmography would improve, however most of his recent films are almost just as unpleasant as his older ones. The Salon and The Perfect Holiday are pretty much unwatchable, and Movie 43 was an unfunny train wreck. Mr. Howard may have had good intentions with Red Tails and Winnie Mandela, but they're just not good movies.

Mr. Howard is a decent enough actor, and some of his performances have been solid, but the prosecution feels many times he's wasted in films like The Ledge, Dead Man Down, and Sabotage. His parts in all three movies could have been played by almost any other actor, and while Mr. Howard's involvement didn't hurt those flicks, he didn't make them better either.

If Mr. Howard only had a few bad movies on his filmography he probably wouldn't be up for Movie Jail. But since the actor has appeared in so many atrocious films during his career, the prosecution strongly believes Mr. Howard needs to spend some time in the slammer.

The Defense: The Butler, The Company You Keep, Prisoners, The Best Man Holiday, Iron Man, Pride, The Hunting Party, The Brave One, Idlewild, Four Brothers, Crash, Ray, Hustle & Flow, Hart's War, The Best Man

Ladies and gentlemen, there's no denying my client has appeared in some less than awesome movies during his career, however Mr. Howard is a very busy dude. In 2013 alone, nine different movies were released starring my client. Some may say he's just picking crappy projects because of the paychecks, but the defense believes Mr. Howard isn't a huge star, and still needs to work to live, unlike some of the other Oscar nominated actors who have been considered for Movie Jail.

And when my client is good, he's really good. Hustle & Flow, Crash, and Prisoners all feature excellent work from Mr. Howard, and the defense knows many people who prefer his Rhodey from the first Iron Man over Don Cheadle's in the sequels. My client also has starred in multiple films with ensemble casts (The Best Man and its sequel, The Butler), and the defense feels he doesn't always get enough credit for his work. My client has also appeared in several different types of movies. From action flicks and sports dramas to comedies and musicals, there are very few genres my client hasn't explored with his films.

The prosecution even admits Mr. Howard isn't a bad actor, so why is he up for Movie Jail? For a few critically panned films? Every actor has something their not proud of on their filmography, and while most critics and movie buffs hate Glitter and Movie 43, the defense believes those films' failures weren't Mr. Howard's fault.

Yes, my client doesn't have the greatest filmography, but does that mean he should be locked up? The defense doesn't think so, and is fairly confident the jury will feel the same way.

IN CLOSING...

Does the good really outweigh the bad with Mr. Howard, or should he be sent to jail for appearing in so many terrible movies? How will the jury view the actor's filmography? What's it going to be jury: is Terrence Howard GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

 

The jury was not pleased Clive Owen was on trial last week, and they've declared the actor NOT GUILTY of all charges. Most were shocked and outraged Mr. Owen was even up for Movie Jail, and they let the prosecution know he made a big mistake trying to send the actor to prison.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf, Renny Harlin, Diane Keaton, McG, Demi Moore

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Special), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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1:27PM on 04/01/2014
Too whiney. Glad he wasn't in the other Iron Man films.
Too whiney. Glad he wasn't in the other Iron Man films.
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4:29AM on 04/01/2014

Undecided.

That might be a copout, but I can't really make up my mind. On the one hand, his filmography is littered with mediocre films and he comes across as extremely annoying and arrogant in real life. On the other hand, he's clearly a talented actor who's able to salvage subpar material into something watchable and maybe even compelling. There was a time when I thought he was going to become a breakout star, that felt like such a long, long time ago.
That might be a copout, but I can't really make up my mind. On the one hand, his filmography is littered with mediocre films and he comes across as extremely annoying and arrogant in real life. On the other hand, he's clearly a talented actor who's able to salvage subpar material into something watchable and maybe even compelling. There was a time when I thought he was going to become a breakout star, that felt like such a long, long time ago.
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11:55PM on 03/31/2014

Guilty

He's always pouting and has a bad attitude. Crash wadb horribly over rated along with Hustle and Flow. Only was nominated out of white guilt.
He's always pouting and has a bad attitude. Crash wadb horribly over rated along with Hustle and Flow. Only was nominated out of white guilt.
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10:18PM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

The guy's a good actor, just needs to get a better agent.
The guy's a good actor, just needs to get a better agent.
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9:07PM on 03/31/2014

I really thought about this one and..

Guilty. Although I agree some of his current work has been good (Prisoners) , I just don't see him being the actor I thought he'd be 10 years ago and he's almost a few steps from Cuba Gooding Jr route. Sorry to say. I don't say it with ill will but maybe in the dark slumber of movie jail he can find his way again.
Guilty. Although I agree some of his current work has been good (Prisoners) , I just don't see him being the actor I thought he'd be 10 years ago and he's almost a few steps from Cuba Gooding Jr route. Sorry to say. I don't say it with ill will but maybe in the dark slumber of movie jail he can find his way again.
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10:56PM on 03/31/2014
Funny you say that, since Cuba stole the show in THE BUTLER. To be fair, his role was a lot bigger than Terrence's.
Funny you say that, since Cuba stole the show in THE BUTLER. To be fair, his role was a lot bigger than Terrence's.
8:06PM on 03/31/2014
Not Guilty

The man taught me the importance of baby wipes... Which did change my life. I'd feel bad voting him guilty but I dont think he deserves it because he was dealt a shitty hand of cards.. And still manages to be in 1 good movie a year, on average. People who say actors are guilty for taking to many roles is BS. Wouldn't by that law James Franco be guilty with death sentence.
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The man taught me the importance of baby wipes... Which did change my life. I'd feel bad voting him guilty but I dont think he deserves it because he was dealt a shitty hand of cards.. And still manages to be in 1 good movie a year, on average. People who say actors are guilty for taking to many roles is BS. Wouldn't by that law James Franco be guilty with death sentence.
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10:55PM on 03/31/2014
These days, Franco is in a lot more good movies than bad.
These days, Franco is in a lot more good movies than bad.
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7:16PM on 03/31/2014
Guilty
Guilty
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3:56PM on 03/31/2014
guilty
guilty
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1:39PM on 03/31/2014

Guilty

Even moreso than with Clive Owen, here's a guy who was at the top of his game 10 years ago, and has been doing little but crap ever since. I love me some good Howard but his involvement in anything anymore is practically a red flag. I hate to send him to jail, but perhaps some time in the cineslammer will get him back on track. To make me feel better I'll just imagine it like the final scene of Hustle & Flow (which should totally be screen-capped in the "last week's verdict" section of next
Even moreso than with Clive Owen, here's a guy who was at the top of his game 10 years ago, and has been doing little but crap ever since. I love me some good Howard but his involvement in anything anymore is practically a red flag. I hate to send him to jail, but perhaps some time in the cineslammer will get him back on track. To make me feel better I'll just imagine it like the final scene of Hustle & Flow (which should totally be screen-capped in the "last week's verdict" section of next week's trial)/
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1:08PM on 03/31/2014

I almost said Not Guilty for the same reason with Ryan Reynolds.

I've never seen a terrible performance from either actor. But there's a big difference: Terrence is a freaking Oscar nominee! Thanks to his great work in HUSTLE & FLOW and CRASH he could've been an A-lister. But he just started taking every offer. How else would you explain he's in like 5 movies a year? So, he's Guilty.

BIG MOMMA and AUGUST RUSH shouldn't be included here because he barely did anything in them. Same with IRON-MAN, which is another reason why I can't compare him with Don
I've never seen a terrible performance from either actor. But there's a big difference: Terrence is a freaking Oscar nominee! Thanks to his great work in HUSTLE & FLOW and CRASH he could've been an A-lister. But he just started taking every offer. How else would you explain he's in like 5 movies a year? So, he's Guilty.

BIG MOMMA and AUGUST RUSH shouldn't be included here because he barely did anything in them. Same with IRON-MAN, which is another reason why I can't compare him with Don Cheadle. Now, he was bad in THE LEDGE, a movie that actually had potential but squandered it, and since Terrence was one of the producers* he deserves a lot of the blame. Speaking of that, he also should've known how bad (and maybe racist) his segment in MOVIE 43 would be. I know he and every other cast member disowned the movie, but that doesn't erase the fact that they worked in it. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP is a terrible movie that nobody could've save, but he still didn't stand out (even Shia LeBeouf was better than him!).

He was also good in the excellent PRISONERS, the great THE BUTLER, the uneven THE HUNTING PARTY and my guilty pleasure AWAKE. But watching those movies back-to-back, you can tell that he doesn't have a lot of range.

Next week: Dennis Dugan, Robert Luketic, Andrew Niccol, Ridley Scott, David Spade, or, Sigourney Weaver. Or maybe Ivan Reitman (to coincide with the release of his new movie).

*Well, co-executive producer. But still.
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12:42PM on 03/31/2014

Abstain

While I personally like him, it's obvious to me that I have not seen enough of his films to make a judgement.
While I personally like him, it's obvious to me that I have not seen enough of his films to make a judgement.
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11:52AM on 03/31/2014

Guilty

I think the reason he isn't a complete A-lister if you will is because even after appearing in several award winners and box office blockbusters he never parlayed that into something more. He just kept choosing everything in his sight to star in, no matter how hood or bad.

I grant that some bad movies he was in had potential and were more ruined by clashing forces during the production when it was presumably too late for him to back out (ie- Red Tails, Dead Man Down) but that doesn't excuse
I think the reason he isn't a complete A-lister if you will is because even after appearing in several award winners and box office blockbusters he never parlayed that into something more. He just kept choosing everything in his sight to star in, no matter how hood or bad.

I grant that some bad movies he was in had potential and were more ruined by clashing forces during the production when it was presumably too late for him to back out (ie- Red Tails, Dead Man Down) but that doesn't excuse his sometimes flat and boring performances. While he has 9 movies coming out this year, how many of them will actually be quality?

Guilty, or at least needs to fire his agent, take some time off, and when he comes back, be choosier.
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10:25AM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

I think Terrence Howard is a great actor. Give him a good role and he'll give a good performance. I see no reason for Movie Jail. You tell me if he ever gave a bad performance. I don't think so. Probably one of the most under-rated guys out there. I'd cast him in a film in heart beat because I think he always makes a movie a little bit better. I guess I am a fan.
I think Terrence Howard is a great actor. Give him a good role and he'll give a good performance. I see no reason for Movie Jail. You tell me if he ever gave a bad performance. I don't think so. Probably one of the most under-rated guys out there. I'd cast him in a film in heart beat because I think he always makes a movie a little bit better. I guess I am a fan.
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10:21AM on 03/31/2014
I would say guilty, but the evidence was kinda weak. How you gonna knock him for Big Momma and Angel Eyes? You can't blame an actor for being in crap early in their career. Also his scene in Movie 43 was one of the funnier ones. By the way, Sabotage was freakin awesome.
I would say guilty, but the evidence was kinda weak. How you gonna knock him for Big Momma and Angel Eyes? You can't blame an actor for being in crap early in their career. Also his scene in Movie 43 was one of the funnier ones. By the way, Sabotage was freakin awesome.
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10:17AM on 03/31/2014
I just realized something. Is Hustle and Flow his only starting role? I can't think of another movie that he wasn't a supporting actor for.
I just realized something. Is Hustle and Flow his only starting role? I can't think of another movie that he wasn't a supporting actor for.
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10:10AM on 03/31/2014
I think he's a borderline case. Don't think he was good in Prisoners, especially next to Hugh Jackman. But he's definitely not an out and out bad actor.

Suggestion for future defendant(s): Neveldine/Taylor.
I think he's a borderline case. Don't think he was good in Prisoners, especially next to Hugh Jackman. But he's definitely not an out and out bad actor.

Suggestion for future defendant(s): Neveldine/Taylor.
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10:10AM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

Howard may have done some low quality films, but he's also done alot of good ones too. Hustle and Flow, Iron Man, Prisoners, Four Brothers, Crash, Ray, and Dead Man Down are all solid films with good performances from the guy. And he always gives a good performance and whenever he is in a film it's not like it's a bad thing. He only makes any film better.

And I prefer his version of Rhodes much more than Cheadle's.
Howard may have done some low quality films, but he's also done alot of good ones too. Hustle and Flow, Iron Man, Prisoners, Four Brothers, Crash, Ray, and Dead Man Down are all solid films with good performances from the guy. And he always gives a good performance and whenever he is in a film it's not like it's a bad thing. He only makes any film better.

And I prefer his version of Rhodes much more than Cheadle's.
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9:02AM on 03/31/2014

Not guilty of bad acting

Possibly guilty of having a bad agent or something. He never does a poor job acting that I have seen, but he's kind of one on, one off on good vs. bad movies.
Possibly guilty of having a bad agent or something. He never does a poor job acting that I have seen, but he's kind of one on, one off on good vs. bad movies.
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8:44AM on 03/31/2014

GUILTY

100% guilty. I personally believe he is an awful actor and brings down whatever he is in. Many of those movies in the defense should be in the prosecution...Crash, Four Brothers, Ray, the two Best Man Holiday movies, and especially the mindnumbing awfulness that was The Butler.
100% guilty. I personally believe he is an awful actor and brings down whatever he is in. Many of those movies in the defense should be in the prosecution...Crash, Four Brothers, Ray, the two Best Man Holiday movies, and especially the mindnumbing awfulness that was The Butler.
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8:21AM on 03/31/2014
Not guilty. I think Terrence Howard is pretty much like Clive Owen in one thing. He needs good scripts. Not that Howard is a bad actor, he is a good actor. I really like Crash, The Hunting Party and The Brave One. And to be honest, I like him as Jim Rhodes more than Don Cheadle.
Not guilty. I think Terrence Howard is pretty much like Clive Owen in one thing. He needs good scripts. Not that Howard is a bad actor, he is a good actor. I really like Crash, The Hunting Party and The Brave One. And to be honest, I like him as Jim Rhodes more than Don Cheadle.
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8:18AM on 03/31/2014
I think he's kind of guilty, but I don't feel he should be in jail. Have him do community service, anger management or some shit.
I think he's kind of guilty, but I don't feel he should be in jail. Have him do community service, anger management or some shit.
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8:17AM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

He has kinda been all over the map in his career. But when I think of him, performances in Crash, Prisoners and Iron Man stand out to me that this guy is a great actor and doesn't deserve to be in movie jail.
He has kinda been all over the map in his career. But when I think of him, performances in Crash, Prisoners and Iron Man stand out to me that this guy is a great actor and doesn't deserve to be in movie jail.
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7:52AM on 03/31/2014

Agree with the ConMan

He belongs to a few actors when you think " terrence howard ", you think " good movie " immediatly ! Period
When I think " Adam Sandler ", I think " bad movie & razzie award "
so NOT GUILTY
Dead Man Down in the prosecution ????? C'Mon !!!
He belongs to a few actors when you think " terrence howard ", you think " good movie " immediatly ! Period
When I think " Adam Sandler ", I think " bad movie & razzie award "
so NOT GUILTY
Dead Man Down in the prosecution ????? C'Mon !!!
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7:49AM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

First off, I liked Dead Man Down, warts and all. And he was great in it. Terrence Howard isn't the best when it comes to quality control, but he has been in a lot of good movies as well as bad, and sometimes he's the best part of bad movies.
First off, I liked Dead Man Down, warts and all. And he was great in it. Terrence Howard isn't the best when it comes to quality control, but he has been in a lot of good movies as well as bad, and sometimes he's the best part of bad movies.
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7:41AM on 03/31/2014

Not Guilty

when you look at his filmography it really does seem 50/50 but when I think of Terrence Howard my mind immediately goes to the good shit like Iron man, Prisoners, Hustle and Flow etc, I dont associate him with movie 43 and garbage. Which is, I believe, a good sign and reason enough to have him be not guilty!
when you look at his filmography it really does seem 50/50 but when I think of Terrence Howard my mind immediately goes to the good shit like Iron man, Prisoners, Hustle and Flow etc, I dont associate him with movie 43 and garbage. Which is, I believe, a good sign and reason enough to have him be not guilty!
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