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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Shorter than its subject. Read full review

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    53

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    The hour of mike time isn't as strong as such previous dispatches as "Seriously…Funny."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Intermittently funny. But the movie's first 20 minutes is devoted to tediously showing how his career has taken off around the world. That might be fine if this were a documentary, or if it were done more artfully, and with humor — since we go into the movie expecting a 75-minute laugh-fest.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Fans will love it; their main complaint may be that it ends too soon. Amateur psychologists in the audience, meanwhile, may be asking why such a successful guy seems so defensive.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Diverting but not enough to expand Kevin Hart's fan base much.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Some laughs but no substance in racy stand-up movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain is Hart's fourth stand-up "concert" film. It includes a prologue set at a party (with drinking) and scenes of Hart traveling all over the world meeting fans; similar bits appear during the epilogue, with the hour-long stand-up act in between. Language is the strongest issue, with almost constant use of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and others. Hart's act also includes strong sexual innuendo (such as references to oral sex and sex with a bean bag chair), as well as plenty of drug references (he talks about taking Ecstasy and imagines himself as a drug dealer). There's also talk of going to clubs and drinking quite often, as well as references to being drunk (and drunk driving). Some of Hart's material references violence, such as an attempt to disarm a gunman outside a club. Hart fans will love this, but it's not likely to convert newcomers.

  • Families can talk about Kevin Hart's many references to drinking in Let Me Explain. Does he make drinking sound appealing, or does it sound like a problem? Does it change your perspective at all to find out that he was arrested on a DUI charge in April 2013?
  • Are Hart's sexual references funny? Should sex be a serious topic? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on this subject.
  • Does Hart use stereotypes in his act, especially when it comes to women? Is it OK to use stereotypes for humor?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Hart talks about how lying has brought him trouble, and though he claims to have learned from some of his lies, he doesn't show much remorse for the pain he has caused others. Otherwise, his act is irreverent and fairly callous toward others (especially women).

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Hart seems genuinely moved to have been able to play Madison Square Garden, and perhaps his success as a comedian will inspire teens, but in terms of his material, he's not exactly a positive force in the world.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Hart tells some humorous stories about taking self-defense courses and about attempting to disarm a gunman. The stand-up show features a "shooting fire" effect.

  • sex false3

    Sex: No nudity or sex, but Hart's stand-up act includes strong sexual innuendo throughout. There are jokes about oral sex during a football game, sex with a bean bag chair, and riding a horse with an instructor.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant language includes multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "bitch," "ass," and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A prologue takes place at a party where adults are drinking and shown to be drunk. An epilogue takes place on a "beer bike," where Hart and his friends are drinking and riding a pedal-powered, bus-like contraption. During his act, Hart talks about taking Ecstasy, imagining himself as a drug dealer, and going to clubs, drinking, and being tipsy. He also mentions being arrested for drunk driving.

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