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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kevin Hart Proves He's Here To Stay With 'LET ME EXPLAIN'

If you're like me, then concert movies aren't really your thing. Why pay $14 (the outrageous NYC price) for a movie ticket when you should just be able to watch your favorite recording artist or comedian bust a move or curse uninhibitedly  for one hour on an appropriate cable TV channel?

Trust me, I get it. But, for those of you who are just catching on to the talent of Kevin Hart from his supporting roles in This Is The End and Think Like a Man, you may want to cough up the extra bucks for his stand-up comedy film KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN. Because, like so many other comedians-turned-movie-stars (including the Chris Rock), the stage is his bread and butter. This film is a chance to prove to any of his critics that this pint-sized funnyman is here to stay.

Hart, who also executive produced the project, begins the film acknowledging his new superstardom while also trying to address all the rumors that have come along with his celebrity status ("Is it true that you don't mess with dark skinned girls anymore?") and the accusations ("You ain't nothin' but a local ass bitch!"). In a clever, roughly 20-minute intro similar to the fake documentary-style format of his TV-show, "The Real Husbands of Hollywood," Hart invites his fans--both those in the movie and those watching it--to his premiere party at a club somewhere in New York City where we he is pestered, ridiculed, and hardly celebrated. During this segment, we realize that while Hart has shot up the Hollywood ladder in a matter of what seems like a year, he is still the same ole pint-size quipster still trying to gain respect.

And that's just where LET ME EXPLAIN comes in. He brings his fans--and his haters--to a sold-out
event at Madison Square Garden (taped live last year, with 30,000 people in attendance) where he proves that he's not just a guy who just happens to be funny, but a talented comedian/actor who appreciates where he comes from just as much as he appreciates where he is now. Hart's stand-up is more suggestive than raunchy, wickedly hilarious and dripping with self-deprecation with almost every joke--from his son who thinks he's Spider-Man to being a world-renowned quipster who owns up to his past infidelity with his ex-wife ("Women may be crazy sometimes, but 99% of the time they are absolutely right. But as men we LIVE for that 1%") .

With the audience (including Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson notably spotted) almost in tears from laughter, it's clear that Hart himself is having fun with it (even cracking himself up at times).  By the end of the show/film, we learn that Hart is in fact living his dream, yet we still all know that he can only go up from here.

Rating: A

KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN is now playing.


Brittani Burnham said...

I love Kevin Hart. I still remember the first time I saw him on Comic View. The guy is hilarious. I'm not one for concert movies either, but I'd check this out for him.

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