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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Tyler Perry!

Mar. 25, 2013by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of cinematic inconsistency or on the flipside, consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Tyler Perry

The Case

The Prosecution: Everything?*

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, since Movie Jail's construction, we couldn't think of a better candidate to run the joint than Mr. Tyler Perry. His safe, inoffensive brand of humor personified in his sassy "Madea" character, has made him a millionaire many times over ($400M to be exact). But are these movies any good? Anyone who has seen one Tyler Perry movie has seen them all. For the Madea series of movies, the formula follows the geriatric around as she sasses everyone left to right and imparts wisdom in her inimitable fashion all while trying not to mug to the camera. In the non-Madea movies, a successful person realizes that money and/or fame isn't as important as tight family bonds. Puke in my mouth if you would, please? I'll even pay you. We don't doubt the man's popularity and success, we just question its quality and originality. It's about time for Madea to get thrown in a proper facility like Movie Jail, and we're hoping the court agrees.


The Defense: The Madea series and what not*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, what can we say about our client, other than he's an extremely successful filmmaker and writer who's carved a nice little niche in the film world for himself? If a filmmaker can sell to a market that's loyal to his product, what's the crime here? It appears that Mr. Perry knows his audience and what they like, and caters to their needs. Mr. Perry may have only two certified fresh ratings on Rotten Tomatoes but 90% of his movies have scored fresh on the same site. If this was any other popular director who lacked critical acceptance, but audiences loved, this case wouldn't even make it to trial. It seems that Mr. Perry is nothing but a victim of backlash based on his popularity in this case, and we're looking to the jury for a dismissal on all charges because of it.


IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Tyler Perry? Is it about time the court shuts the Movie Jail door on the cross dressing filmmaker and throws away the key? Does his fan loyalty warrant a stay of incarceration? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Tyler Perry GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Channing Tatum NOT GUILTY of all charges. The jury feels that despite Mr. Tatum having the acting prowess of a decomposing sloth, the man has simply been on too good of a run over the past couple of years to convict.

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4:26PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

I cannot fault a guy for making a shit ton of money off of making films. I can however fault Tyler Perry for making a shit ton of money on making absolute garbage that play on the worse stereotypes
I cannot fault a guy for making a shit ton of money off of making films. I can however fault Tyler Perry for making a shit ton of money on making absolute garbage that play on the worse stereotypes
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1:56PM on 03/25/2013
My only hope is after we fry him, he goes to Movie Hell.
My only hope is after we fry him, he goes to Movie Hell.
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4:07PM on 03/25/2013
The man knows how to make movies for his target audience, but that doesn't make them good movies. He's a smart guy who's made a lot of money making movies for that audience, but in the end, he's still a poor filmmaker.

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The man knows how to make movies for his target audience, but that doesn't make them good movies. He's a smart guy who's made a lot of money making movies for that audience, but in the end, he's still a poor filmmaker.

Guilty
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2:40PM on 03/25/2013

What about?

Tyler Perry had a tiny role in the First Star Trek reboot. Does that save him? Na, I'm just kidding...lock him up.
Tyler Perry had a tiny role in the First Star Trek reboot. Does that save him? Na, I'm just kidding...lock him up.
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12:03PM on 03/25/2013

Death

Just death
Just death
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6:11PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty!!!

Next up, Madea Goes to Hell!
Next up, Madea Goes to Hell!
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3:37PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty....

Pretty much the guiltiest of guilty. Solitary confinement.
Pretty much the guiltiest of guilty. Solitary confinement.
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1:27PM on 03/25/2013

Death With a Side of More Death...

As that weird blond chick in Waterworld would say, "Kill him! Kill him!!"

The commercials alone for his television shows on TBS made me boycott the channel. Sorry Coco.
As that weird blond chick in Waterworld would say, "Kill him! Kill him!!"

The commercials alone for his television shows on TBS made me boycott the channel. Sorry Coco.
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11:55AM on 03/25/2013

guilty

Seriously, all I could think about when I saw Perry was this week's defendant was the floating heads of the Kryptonian Counsel sentencing him to the Phantom Zone.
Seriously, all I could think about when I saw Perry was this week's defendant was the floating heads of the Kryptonian Counsel sentencing him to the Phantom Zone.
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11:23AM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

Get a new schtick.
Get a new schtick.
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5:02PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

as fuck, enough said, his movies suck!

I agree that Ashton Kutcher should be next.
as fuck, enough said, his movies suck!

I agree that Ashton Kutcher should be next.
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2:58PM on 03/25/2013

not competent to stand trial

not saying he doesnt weaken my TV everytime a trailer for one of his movies comes on. but really, this guy hasnt displayed an ounce of talent his whole life. therefore, it could be argued he doesnt even rise to the level of this court.
not saying he doesnt weaken my TV everytime a trailer for one of his movies comes on. but really, this guy hasnt displayed an ounce of talent his whole life. therefore, it could be argued he doesnt even rise to the level of this court.
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12:15PM on 03/25/2013

GUILTY

Just give him the death penalty already
Just give him the death penalty already
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11:37AM on 03/25/2013

Shame on you JoBlo!

.... this one is too easy lol. Perry needs to be punished by Dredd.
.... this one is too easy lol. Perry needs to be punished by Dredd.
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11:33AM on 03/25/2013

Next up...

Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher
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11:31AM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

mofo was born in movie jail
mofo was born in movie jail
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10:34PM on 03/25/2013
Guiltier than Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Bernie Madoff, Aileen Wuornos, and OJ Simpson combined.
Guiltier than Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Bernie Madoff, Aileen Wuornos, and OJ Simpson combined.
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10:07PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

Some people automatically think it is funny when a man dresses like a woman.
Some people automatically think it is funny when a man dresses like a woman.
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5:44PM on 03/25/2013

So Guilty

He has Movie Jail written all over his face. I'll admit he has some tolerable movies that don't feature Madea but there's more bad than good in his career. I've had to see some of the Madea movies and they are unpleasant to sit through.
He has Movie Jail written all over his face. I'll admit he has some tolerable movies that don't feature Madea but there's more bad than good in his career. I've had to see some of the Madea movies and they are unpleasant to sit through.
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5:21PM on 03/25/2013

GUILTY!!

Holy fuck!! this is a laugher, guilty and they need to put him under the prison
Holy fuck!! this is a laugher, guilty and they need to put him under the prison
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3:42PM on 03/25/2013
What has Tyler Perry done that was actually good in the past, to actually have his metaphorical star fall? (No, the Star Trek cameo doesn't count).

From what I understand of the Movie Jail, people had some good choices in their early-to-mid careers, but then made some bad choices which resulted in bombs or direct-to-DVD films, etc... Tyler Perry has pretty much done stereotypical roles depicting African Americans, and didn't do a good job - from my understanding of feedback from the myriad
What has Tyler Perry done that was actually good in the past, to actually have his metaphorical star fall? (No, the Star Trek cameo doesn't count).

From what I understand of the Movie Jail, people had some good choices in their early-to-mid careers, but then made some bad choices which resulted in bombs or direct-to-DVD films, etc... Tyler Perry has pretty much done stereotypical roles depicting African Americans, and didn't do a good job - from my understanding of feedback from the myriad of reviews, since I didn't see the film - when he tried to go mainstream with his version of Alex Cross.

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12:34PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty as sin and straight execution!

The guiltiest motherfucker in JoBlo's Movie Jail history! Period! Tyler Perry you have been condemned to die by a jury of your peers, sentence imposed by a judge in good standing on this website. Electricity shall be passed through your body until you are dead, in accordance with state law. God have mercy on your soul and fuck Madea.
The guiltiest motherfucker in JoBlo's Movie Jail history! Period! Tyler Perry you have been condemned to die by a jury of your peers, sentence imposed by a judge in good standing on this website. Electricity shall be passed through your body until you are dead, in accordance with state law. God have mercy on your soul and fuck Madea.
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11:35AM on 03/25/2013
death row his ass
death row his ass
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11:24AM on 03/25/2013

GUILTY!

This man has been making garbage since the day he started whether it was TV or movies. The same bullshit over and over again yet somehow he is consistently rewarded at the box office. He's worse than Shyamalan in my opinion, at least he actually had some great movies before it all went bad. Can't say the same for Perry. Maximum sentence.
This man has been making garbage since the day he started whether it was TV or movies. The same bullshit over and over again yet somehow he is consistently rewarded at the box office. He's worse than Shyamalan in my opinion, at least he actually had some great movies before it all went bad. Can't say the same for Perry. Maximum sentence.
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12:58AM on 03/26/2013

Guilty

Oh, you think bad movie is your ally. But you merely adopted the bad; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see a good movie until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
-Tyler Perry
Oh, you think bad movie is your ally. But you merely adopted the bad; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see a good movie until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
-Tyler Perry
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6:18PM on 03/25/2013

Movie Jail

Tyler Perry is Guilty!
Tyler Perry is Guilty!
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4:27PM on 03/25/2013

Movie Jail needs some company. .

Guilty. . .
Guilty. . .
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1:27PM on 03/25/2013

Death With a Side of More Death...

As that weird blond chick in Waterworld would say, "Kill him! Kill him!!"

The commercials alone for his television shows on TBS made me boycott the channel. Sorry Coco.
As that weird blond chick in Waterworld would say, "Kill him! Kill him!!"

The commercials alone for his television shows on TBS made me boycott the channel. Sorry Coco.
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12:44PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty!

Sure, he may be a fine actor but men dressing as women hasn't been funny since the 90s.
Sure, he may be a fine actor but men dressing as women hasn't been funny since the 90s.
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12:42PM on 03/25/2013
Yep. Guilty.
Yep. Guilty.
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11:31AM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

He's the king of movie jail
He's the king of movie jail
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11:24AM on 03/25/2013

GUILTY

Guilty for sure.
Guilty for sure.
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2:05PM on 04/01/2013

Guilty With A However

Look, I despise Tyler Perry's films. They're either preachy religious tripe or they're preachy tripe about insanely perfect people who have achieved the American Dream. The reason is simple: His audience is mostly lower to middle class black people who attend church and dream of being super wealthy. He's giving black people the equivalent of what white middle to upper middle class fat or scrawny kids get when they watch Captain America or when they see the dork score the hot girl in a
Look, I despise Tyler Perry's films. They're either preachy religious tripe or they're preachy tripe about insanely perfect people who have achieved the American Dream. The reason is simple: His audience is mostly lower to middle class black people who attend church and dream of being super wealthy. He's giving black people the equivalent of what white middle to upper middle class fat or scrawny kids get when they watch Captain America or when they see the dork score the hot girl in a Rom-Com...It's the idealized version of their reality.
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1:19PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

Dear god, I can't think of anyone more guilty up to this point to have a trial. He has one trick, and I don't care how successful that trick is at the box office, it's a bad trick.

Next up- Garry Marshall, another one trick director with usually awful results.
Dear god, I can't think of anyone more guilty up to this point to have a trial. He has one trick, and I don't care how successful that trick is at the box office, it's a bad trick.

Next up- Garry Marshall, another one trick director with usually awful results.
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11:37AM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

now if only we could get him to stop making shitty movies
now if only we could get him to stop making shitty movies
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11:28AM on 03/25/2013

GUILTY

Does he even needs a trial?
Does he even needs a trial?
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2:14PM on 03/25/2013

Who's Tyler Perry?

You can't prosecute guys like this. It's just mean.
You can't prosecute guys like this. It's just mean.
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11:54AM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

This should fall into the Kevin Smith defense, but the few movies of his I've seen, sucked.
Look up Boondock's typical Tyler Perry plotlines on Youtube, and know it's the truth. His new one is one of these.
This should fall into the Kevin Smith defense, but the few movies of his I've seen, sucked.
Look up Boondock's typical Tyler Perry plotlines on Youtube, and know it's the truth. His new one is one of these.
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7:48PM on 03/26/2013

GUILTY!

His reign of terror has gone on long enough!

The rock should be next.
His reign of terror has gone on long enough!

The rock should be next.
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4:25PM on 03/26/2013

GUILTY!

Someone please eject him out of the business...!!!
Someone please eject him out of the business...!!!
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11:12PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty

His movies are terrible!
His movies are terrible!
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9:38PM on 03/25/2013

Guilty(?)

Eh, I can't claim much knowledge of the man's crimes aside from heresy. That would make me lean innocent. However, judging by the trailers, the entire brand feels schmaltzy in a way I would never condone. So, with that in mind........Guilty. But a mildly conflicted guilty, because I must acknowledge, I am not his target audience.
Eh, I can't claim much knowledge of the man's crimes aside from heresy. That would make me lean innocent. However, judging by the trailers, the entire brand feels schmaltzy in a way I would never condone. So, with that in mind........Guilty. But a mildly conflicted guilty, because I must acknowledge, I am not his target audience.
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2:14PM on 03/25/2013

Who's Tyler Perry?

You can't prosecute guys like this. It's just mean.
You can't prosecute guys like this. It's just mean.
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1:20AM on 03/27/2013

guilty as sin!!!!

jesus! no more mr. perry!!!! no more!
jesus! no more mr. perry!!!! no more!
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12:09AM on 03/27/2013

GUILTY

I say put him on the damn electric chair.
I say put him on the damn electric chair.
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7:47PM on 03/26/2013

GUILTY

He is a one trick pony. Every one of his movies is about sassy black people overcoming obstacles in their lives. If he were to attempt anything outside of his wheelhouse he would fail. It's almost like he has been making one continuous movie since 2002. IDEA: Let's see a screencap challenge with only Tyler Perry movies and see who can get any of them right..
He is a one trick pony. Every one of his movies is about sassy black people overcoming obstacles in their lives. If he were to attempt anything outside of his wheelhouse he would fail. It's almost like he has been making one continuous movie since 2002. IDEA: Let's see a screencap challenge with only Tyler Perry movies and see who can get any of them right..
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1:11AM on 03/26/2013

I submit a split decision...

As an actor: GUILTY!!!!! The man should not be on camera.
THAT BEING SAID...
Behind the camera: NOT GUILTY the man knows what he is doing. He knows his audience, he gives them what he wants, and always delivers. There is as reason that he is one of the most successful filmmakers today.
As an actor: GUILTY!!!!! The man should not be on camera.
THAT BEING SAID...
Behind the camera: NOT GUILTY the man knows what he is doing. He knows his audience, he gives them what he wants, and always delivers. There is as reason that he is one of the most successful filmmakers today.
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9:56AM on 03/26/2013

Guilty

Which is funny because I don't think I've ever even seen a Tyler Perry movie. But all those Madea movies just look awful, and a little racist too.

Next, how about Spike Lee?
Which is funny because I don't think I've ever even seen a Tyler Perry movie. But all those Madea movies just look awful, and a little racist too.

Next, how about Spike Lee?
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12:14AM on 03/26/2013

Guilty

Oh, you think bad movie is your ally. But you merely adopted the bad; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see a good movie until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
-Tyler Perry
Oh, you think bad movie is your ally. But you merely adopted the bad; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see a good movie until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
-Tyler Perry
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11:41AM on 03/25/2013
I could weigh in, but I haven't seen a single one of his movies. ...Which also leads me to believe this isn't going to be a fair trial.
I could weigh in, but I haven't seen a single one of his movies. ...Which also leads me to believe this isn't going to be a fair trial.
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12:38PM on 03/25/2013
Guilty.
Guilty.
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11:50AM on 03/25/2013

Niche audience

Why is everyone so quick to judge this guy as guilty? I'm really curious to know how many people are just judging him because he's annoying as Madea? Have you seen any of his films? They're awful sure, but going on opening weekend with a Tyler Perry crowd makes the film fuckin hilarious! It's like goin to a Rocky Horror/The Room screening, the audience makes the film. Just because he has an annoying repetive character with Madea doesn't make him guilty. Come on, The guy is successful by
Why is everyone so quick to judge this guy as guilty? I'm really curious to know how many people are just judging him because he's annoying as Madea? Have you seen any of his films? They're awful sure, but going on opening weekend with a Tyler Perry crowd makes the film fuckin hilarious! It's like goin to a Rocky Horror/The Room screening, the audience makes the film. Just because he has an annoying repetive character with Madea doesn't make him guilty. Come on, The guy is successful by doing a repetitive formula with his Madea series, has found a niche audience for himself, and I can't be mad at him for trying new things (Alex Cross/His drama movies) even though they are awful, awful things.

Not guilty, now stop giving him money Token.
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1:13PM on 03/25/2013
I have seen all of Tyler Perry's movies, and aside from 'Daddy's Little Girls', I have disliked to actively loathed everyone of them. Madea may be a success, but she's also annoying as hell, without ever getting comuppenance making her a cartoon, in another wise realistic setting, which is awful! So yeah, he's guilty as hell for being a one-trick pony with a damned terrible trick.
I have seen all of Tyler Perry's movies, and aside from 'Daddy's Little Girls', I have disliked to actively loathed everyone of them. Madea may be a success, but she's also annoying as hell, without ever getting comuppenance making her a cartoon, in another wise realistic setting, which is awful! So yeah, he's guilty as hell for being a one-trick pony with a damned terrible trick.
2:05PM on 03/25/2013
fair argument, I can't deny anything you stated.
fair argument, I can't deny anything you stated.
5:07PM on 03/25/2013
I'll bite on giving an opinion, all of his movies are essentually the same, billed as comedies but then end up being overly dramatic & very stereotypical. Even Spike Lee hates him
I'll bite on giving an opinion, all of his movies are essentually the same, billed as comedies but then end up being overly dramatic & very stereotypical. Even Spike Lee hates him
7:38PM on 03/25/2013

I vote nay not guilty!!!

Yes his movies are terrible. But they are so terrible they become fun again. Also you don't have to watch them, I mean he's not one of those guys who ruins films that otherwise would have been better and he never showed any promise in the first place. So I don't think he should learn from his mistakes either. And finally besides everything, I do think he deserves some respect, for both his productivity and the way he's created his entire own business, out of shit! So no I do not think he
Yes his movies are terrible. But they are so terrible they become fun again. Also you don't have to watch them, I mean he's not one of those guys who ruins films that otherwise would have been better and he never showed any promise in the first place. So I don't think he should learn from his mistakes either. And finally besides everything, I do think he deserves some respect, for both his productivity and the way he's created his entire own business, out of shit! So no I do not think he deserves to be in movie jail at all and look forward to watching his next crapfest on a drunken friday with some of my buddies!(seriously his "serious" films are more funny when drunk, than most stuff from Asylum!)
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