“Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (Documentary/Comedy: 1 hour, 15 minutes)
Director: Leslie Small
Rated: R (Pervasive language including sexual references)
Movie Review: This candid look at comedian Kevin Hart’s life is a lesser comedy/documentary. The film chronicles Hart’s sold-out performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Hart delivers material from his 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour, where he explains recent events in his life. Any moviegoer with a life should skip Hart’s theatrical memoir.
Maybe, this film acquired its name through people watching Hart explain why a number of his jokes are funny. Yes. He actually tells some jokes and explains why they are humorous. He is no Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy.
“Let Me Explain” starts with an over-dramatized opening that is similar to reality television. The bit contains lackluster performances. It follows with several minutes of fans voicing how much they adore and like Hart’s comedic performances. He has a large fan base. People are easily entertained. In addition, several members of Hart’s entourage tell bits about the comedian’s life also. Both the fans praising and his entourage are uninteresting.
After nearly half an hour, audiences finally see Hart on stage performing. Even then, his antics are more flashy than funny. His material is mainly telling stories of his life, family, friends and love interests.
Part of his comedic routine involves fire on stage that shoots flames numerous feet into the air from several locations. Hart jokes that the fire is to make it hot. By hot he means more entertaining. His jokes are burning your wallet’s money.
The film’s best is watching him laugh at his own jokes. During one joke, he pleads he will get it out. Then, he laughs more. If nothing else, one good thing is, he, at least, thinks he is funny.
Grade: D (Skip the explanation.)