Kevin Hart: Irresponsible brings about all you expect from the comedian, and for longtime fans that might be a problem.
|Screenplay By||Kevin Hart|
|Genre(s)||Stand Up Comedy|
|Good If You Like||Kevin Hart’s Usual Antics|
|Isn’t For You If You||Feel Like Kevin Should Be Evolving After So Many Years And Specials|
Kevin Hart: Irresponsible Plot Summary
As we’ve seen for years, Hart’s comedic take on things is of the ilk of Rodney Dangerfield’s iconic line “I don’t get no respect.” This comes in the form of his children, who walk in on him having sex, or cursing just because he isn’t around, to his interactions with his wife. Be it his ego not being able to deal with her porn viewing preferences, how reckless her mouth gets when she gets drunk, or him having to make up for his cheating.
Pretty much, Hart presents to us stories and tales which make it seem he is always on the ropes and needs to have one eye open. For even though he is far from the streets of Philly where he grew up, apparently, someone is always ready and willing to try to get one over on him.
On The Fence
It’s Comical In The Same Way Marvel’s MCU Movies Are Good
While Hart’s stand up specials aren’t as frequent as MCU movies, add in his movies, TV show appearances, and online presence, they begin to line up. Leading to the feeling that what should be a special occasion, a monumental event, is just what you expect to be given. It’s like breakfast from your favorite vendor, it has become so routine that the luster of when you first started consuming is gone. The same could be said about Irresponsible.
For one, the big little man persona is back and the more you see it, the more you understand why Eddie Murphy stopped doing stand up. After a certain point, you either are just going to keep giving people what they want, or you are going to risk losing people as you try to grow and try other things. As of where Hart seems to be now, you could argue he is trying to do both. With films like The Upside, he is trying to grow and do other things. However, since his bread and butter is people laughing at his pain, no pun intended, he does world tours, and is all over the internet.
Perhaps leading to the big issue of Irresponsible, Hart is so overexposed that there isn’t anything special about his humor anymore. Don’t get me wrong, he is still funny. It’s just, like your comical friend, you’ve been around his style so much, heard so many jokes, that it takes a really good one now to really make you laugh. Everything else is just what he says on a normal day. Thus, relating to the breakfast comment, and MCU, you are just given what is expected and is enough to satisfy you.
Hart is at a point of his career where Will Smith was not too long ago. He is successful, nearly everything he makes is a hit, but everything is becoming too formulaic and almost predictable. And mind you, Will Smith in his high point didn’t have social media as Hart has had for years. So it leaves you to wonder, “What’s next?” Will Hart, similar to Marvel, just present what people want and while things slowly but surely get stale, the argument will be “Why fix what isn’t broken?” Will Hart, similar to Tim Burton, release comedy specials like this, maintain the persona which made him famous, so he can afford to experiment and maybe find his footing outside of comedy? Maybe.
Either way, what leads to Kevin Hart: Irresponsible being labeled mixed is because it just doesn’t feel like a genuine special. You don’t feel like you’re witnessing a new chapter, even with Hart becoming a father again. The jokes don’t feel new, as he does his silly voices and makes fun of friends and family. What you get is what is expected and almost routine at this point. Making it worth checking out, but pushing the need to come up with a new word, rather than “special,” for when comics film their routines.