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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

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

Movie R 2013 75 minutes
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On the whole, Hart's material here veers toward the lowbrow. It doesn't quite hit the heights of cleverness, talent, language, or delivery that predecessors like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock reached. Ranging between cockiness and buffoonery, Hart is at his best when he lands somewhere in the middle, making fun of himself and his celebrity, rather than skewering his friends, former girlfriends, and employees. (He doesn't even generate much warmth when talking about his kids.) The movie's best moment comes when Hart accidentally cracks himself up during a routine about bums (saying the phrase "bum bump"). His genuine laughter there is quickly infectious. Otherwise, this is a case, like Eddie Murphy's Raw (1988), wherein the enormous success of the comedian has resulted in a movie that tries too hard to build energy out of mediocre material. Still, although newcomers aren't likely to be converted, KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN does have enough laughs to make it worthwhile for fans.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 3, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: October 15, 2013
  • Cast: Kevin Hart
  • Directors: Leslie Small , Tim Story
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 75 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language including sexual references
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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