Movie Review- ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’

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So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a little break from the discussion of prayer to review a movie I saw recently, though we will probably be talking about prayer by the end of this.  The movie I recently saw was “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”; a hilarious and poignant documentary/ surrealist-film/ standup show that portrays Hart’s signature self-deprecating-yet-cocky style to highlight issues in his own life.  Now I will forewarn you, this is not a typical review.  If you would like that, there are many other outlets for that.  Like my previous movie reviews (here and here), this is an attempt to tease out the truth that Kevin speaks in this film.  So hang on, and let’s get into it.

Kevin really lays down some amazing relationship advice in “Let Me Explain” which stems from his own admitted fault of marital infidelity.  I have heard the claim from other reviews about charges of misogynistic tendencies directed towards Kevin, and I would have before said the same thing.  But, I have realized that a lot of the issue here is a difference of socio-economic language, and though I am making assumptions here, I would assume that Kevin comes from a predominately African-American, lower income community, and I would assume that many of those that accuse him of being detrimental to women come from a predominately white, middle-upper class community.  These two segments of society speak different languages.  So when Kevin uses the word “b!+ch” (censored for sensitive eyes), I do not think that his intention is to tear down women.  On the contrary, I see a great support of females that many would not give.  Here is an example- one of the jokes that Kevin presents stems around the idea that if you are in a relationship with a female, and when she gets mad she contorts herself in ridiculous ways and looks at you sideways… it is your fault.  He literally blames men for the “craziness” of the females in their lives.  How accurate!  From my own marriage, I have seen where my actions, whether intended or not, have been able to really push my wife to the edge.  I am at fault.  Thanks for that one, Kev, I needed it.

Also, Kevin hilariously deals with the issue of deceit in one’s life, and how lying becomes a way of being, and overtakes us.  To illustrate this, he describes a situation where to defend his 5 minute tardiness to work, he tells of seeing a running baby on the road, adopting it, then seeing a deer-zebra hybrid (deerbra) capturing it, taking it to a zoo, then finding out the baby was actually a man with “Benjamin Button disease” who rode the zebra.  I was crying from laughing so much.  But this and other jokes highlight the futility of lying in our lives, that it becomes a defense mechanism for us.  But it doesn’t really defend us; it paints a clear picture of who we are to those around us, and alienates us from those we love… because they can’t trust us.

To close, the movie was great.  Yeah, there was a lot of crude language.  Yeah, there was some immodest humor.  Sometimes, you have to learn to interpret tongues, even if you don’t speak in the said tongue.  Go see Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain” with open eyes and open ears, and subvert the powers today.

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