Friday, April 12, 2019

Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2019)

Movie Name/Year: Kevin Hart: Irresponsible (2019)
Tagline: None
Genre: Comedy
Length: 60 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production Companies: Hartbeat Productions
Producer: None Listed
Director: Leslie Small
Writer: Kevin Hart
Actors: Kevin Hart

Blurb from Netflix: As a father of three on his second marriage, Kevin Hart proves that being him is indeed a tall order in a fresh special inspired by his own mistakes.

Selina’s Point of View:
I am a fan of Kevin Hart. I particularly like his stand-up. For the most part, I tend to like it better than his movies.

This special, however, somewhat disappointed me.

It seemed a lot more unfocused than the majority of his stuff – and the majority of his stuff is already a bit scattered. He didn’t really show off that impressive personality as much as he normally does, either.

I get it, he’s had a lot held against him in the media lately (we will not be going into it, this is not a tabloid). I wonder if he maybe muffled his natural personality to try to keep from being eaten alive. I absolutely understand why he would do it, and I don’t fault him for it. It’s not like this special was bad… it just wasn’t his best. He needed to do what he felt he needed to do. That’s it.

That’s my final thought on Irresponsible. It’s a fine stand-up set, but not up to Kevin Hart’s usual quality.

Cat’s Point of View:
In contrast with the last comedy special that we reviewed, this production fit standard expectations for this type of show; albeit, it wasn’t as elaborate as some of the prior Kevin Hart specials we’ve reviewed in the past.

While I found the show funny, it wasn’t nearly as amusing to me as some of his past work. Even with that said, he did have a cohesive program and it all tied in nicely together. I’m not sure if the subject matter just didn’t hit me the right way or if my mood impacted how receptive I was.

Actually, I take that back. There was a bit that hit a sour note with me. I wasn’t a fan of making light of that sort of situation. Alas, as we try to avoid spoilers, I am unable to share much in the way of details. I believe it’s safe to reveal that it was a depiction of his parental dynamic in a particular instance that was not ok. It didn’t feel right for it to be made light of. I fear that colored my perception of the program as a whole.

Hart’s show was entertaining, though it definitely wasn’t for young kids. (Just keep in mind that language and some descriptions of moderately graphic material are both present when you’re making your viewing selection.)

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 41%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.5/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating3/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating2.5/5

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