Paper Soldiers (2002)
Paper Soldiers (2002) -*
Directed By: Damon Dash and David Daniel
Starring: Kevin Hart, Stacey Dash, Michael Rapaport, Jay-Z, and Memphis Bleek
You gotta be kidding me. This gives "Homie Movies" a bad name.
Shawn (Hart) is a petty robber, who wants to make it with the big boys of thieving. But he doesn't have the guts. But he does get into a lot of wacky situations which aren't the least bit funny.
This movie is terrible. They are no laughs at all, every joke is strained, and the delivery is off. I guess when that didn't work, they turned to weak melodrama, which falters immensely. Kevin Hart should not try to be a dramatic actor. I've heard that he's the poor man's Chris Tucker. And I thought Chris Tucker was the poor man's Chris Tucker.
Michael Rapaport is always worth watching, and his cameo is slightly humorous. But the other cameo by Jay-Z looks like a freeze frame. He doesn't say a word.
Damon Dash really should stop directing. First this, then the unwanted sequel to State Property (2002). Just because he's rich and can get his rapper buddies in his "movies" doesn't mean he should direct them.
If you're looking for a quality African-American flick, watch Dead Presidents (1995).
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