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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

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Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour.

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Leslie Small, Tim Story

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Kevin Hart
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Hart ... Himself
Harry Ratchford Harry Ratchford ... Plastic Cup Boyz
Will 'Spank' Horton Will 'Spank' Horton ... Plastic Cup Boyz
Joey Wells Joey Wells ... Plastic Cup Boyz
Dwayne L. Brown Dwayne L. Brown ... Plastic Cup Boyz (as Dwayne Brown)
Na'im Lynn ... Plastic Cup Boyz
Nathan L. Smith Nathan L. Smith ... Plastic Cup Boyz (as Nate Smith)
John Clausell ... Plastic Cup Boyz
David Jason Perez ... DJ
La'Princess Jackson La'Princess Jackson ... Light Skin Sister
Dana Hanna ... Dark Skin Sister
Trina Washington Trina Washington ... Dark Skin Sister
Traciann McKenzie Traciann McKenzie ... Dark Skin Sister (as Traci McKenzie)
Shanae Humphrey Shanae Humphrey ... Dark Skin Sister
Tonya George Tonya George ... Dark Skin Sister
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Storyline

Kevin is throwing a celebration party, but guests tell him that he has changed since his divorce. He tries to explain himself, but they will not let him, so he decides to do a show at Madison Square Garden letting him explain, which sold out with 30,000 people. The film also shows performances of his sold-out shows from all around the world..

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Witness the birth of a legend


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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кевин Харт: Дайте объяснить See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,030,463, 7 July 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,244,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,318,051
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Kevin Hart: Let's get some fire up on these bitches one time!
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Connections

References Soul Plane (2004) See more »

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Let Me Explain
Written by Erick Sermon, Snoop Dogg (as Calvin Broadus), Method Man (as C. Smith) & Musiq Soul Child
Performed by Erick Sermon, Snoop Dogg (as Snoop Lion) & Method Man
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When Production Kills the Art
7 July 2013 | by diac228See all my reviews

Kevin Hart's Let Me Explain is an interesting conundrum.

On one hand you have another great hour of comedy from one of the better stand-up comics in the business today.

But on the other hand we have a muddled production with choppy editing, sloppy directing, and poor sound mixing that prevents this comedic movie from aging with the greats like Raw, Live on the Sunset Strip, and Himself.

What also hurts Let Me Explain is the short running time, the extremely egotistical preshow, and the failed skit in the beginning of the entire thing. If Hart can simply manage to stretch his material a little longer and delete all the extra fluff then he would be a little closer of reaching the comedic Rushmore of Pryor, 80s Murphy, Rock, and my main man George Carlin. He still has a ways to go though.

If you are a Kevin Hart fan, then you will not be disappointed. He once again spits out quick funny anecdotes, throws in a couple great catchphrases, and is never afraid of making fun of himself. He once again dedicates plenty of time to talking about women and relationship clichés; and these moments provide the biggest laughs because he takes the moments we can all relate to and stretch them into exaggeratory measures to successful jokes. He also has this likability factor that allows for him to control the crowd and never lose them, not for a single second.

And then we have all the technical issues. First off for a Madison Square Garden the audience was quite quiet. Was it the jokes not hitting? No, it's that the sound editing focused pretty much 95% on Hart, leaving the movie sounding quieter than it should. Part of a good comedic concert is listening to the audience react to the stories and collectively understand the verbal motions of one individual. Remember the epic battles Richard Pryor had against his audience on Sunset Strip? With this production staff we never would have truly enjoyed it.

As a matter of fact, it was tough to enjoy anything in the first fifteen minutes. The opening skit was uneven, just like the last one in Laugh at my Pain. And then it was followed by a sequence that should have been kept for the closing credits. The movie needed 20 minutes to truly get going. Jerry Seinfeld once said that usually comedians have only one minute to catch the audience otherwise he/she fails. The only reason why Kevin Hart was allowed 20 is because his material over the years has been consistently funny, and we all secretly knew that no matter how lame the material with his buddies are, it would all be forgiven once he steps up on the mic...even if the first act drags miserably.

But Kevin seriously, drop your friends. They may have supported you, but that doesn't mean squat if it hinders your movies.


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