Over the last three or four years Kevin Hart has seemingly placed himself among the group of elite comedians left in the business. He continues to make history with his stand-up performances and creates fans in all avenues of entertainment with appearances in commercials, films, as the host for award shows and even on twitter. His latest venture is his stand-up movie, Laugh At My Pain, which hits theaters this Friday, September 9th.
The movie starts with a trip through Hart’s hometown of Philadelphia. Fans know Hart hails from the city of brotherly love from his stand-up and they may also know tidbits on how he got his start as well as his early life and the passing of his mother, but the first 30 minutes of Laugh At My Pain gives every real Kevin Hart fan the whole picture of what makes him the funny little man he is today. It’s a formal introduction to his family, his background and his journey to the big screen and the stage. Its VH1’s Behind The Music meets Comedy Central.
After the intro Laugh At My Pain goes to his stand-up performance of the same name, recorded from his stop in L.A.. The tour broke records for box office performance with sold out shows across the country. Once again Kevin talks family, particularly his father and their relationship growing up. He also discusses his relationships with other celebrities, his ex-wife, his children and of course, sex–which provide some of his best stuff.
His style and approach to comedy don’t change much from his first couple of stand-up performances. For fans that think he’s perfect as is, have no worries. However, if you’re still on the fence about where he stands among comedy elite, then this won’t convince you he’s the best out and those Kevin Hart vs. Katt Williams debates will continue. Hart’s story however is very inspiring and it all makes for a complete movie and comedy experience.
The movie ends with a skit of Hart and his crew playing out classic movies. It’s something extra for fans… but not sure it’s necessary. I’ll let you be the judge though.
Laugh At My Pain receives a PAR