Netflix pulls off another success with Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Kevin Hart’s behind the scene look into his life is an untraditional take on a celebrity biopic. Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up is a deep-dive into the multifaceted comedian, producer and actor.

Conveniently the episodes follow the sequential order of Hart’s life. Starting with his difficult, yet simultaneously heartwarming childhood. One aspect this biopic series nails is humanizing Hart, which begins with revealing the trials and tribulations he faced as a young man of colour in Philadelphia. The first couple of episodes dive into Hart’s upbringing with a single mother and an older brother who was no stranger to gangs and violence. This series seamlessly integrated original photographs and video clips from Hart’s childhood that feature his unglamorous upbringing, grounding the audience in Hart as a person, not a celebrity.

The photos and videos that undoubtedly stand out are the ones of Hart’s mother. It is evident that she was the most important person in his life. His recollection of his hard-working and strict mother is truly touching. Hart’s intimate stories of his mother’s parenting style and recollections of his childhood would make a viewer feel as though they know him personally. It isn’t until after the first episode that Hart mentions his dad. Hart’s dad was in and out of his life for the majority of his childhood and was a victim of drug addiction. Hart’s recollection of his childhood trauma was very moving. Hart took himself off the celebrity pedestal and was very raw with the audience. This was a huge asset to the production; there was no sugar coating or glamorizing of Hart’s early years, there were only candid memories.

Although the beginning of this series is humble and touching, viewers are quickly accelerated into Hart’s current lavish lifestyle. In short interviews, Hart spilled on his partnership with Nike, his radio show, his film aspirations and of course his love for comedy. Hart reveals he is dead-set on building an empire and becoming a billionaire through his many ventures. Viewers also watch him run around between work-outs, meetings and family time. Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up reminds viewers that being a celebrity isn’t all parties and private jets, but gives a glance into the demand and pressure celebrities are under. Hart shows viewers his inner circle, The Plastic Cup Boyz, and how they keep him grounded even while he is at the pinnacle of his career. Aside from his close friends, Hart is seen relying on his wife for support in his crazy life, which of course, brings viewers to Hart’s scandals.

Although Hart is known as witty, comical and multi-talented, his reputation was tarnished when leaked videos hit the internet of Hart being intimate with a Vegas stripper. Without consulting his team or friends, Hart took it upon himself to address this cheating scandal via an Instagram live stream. As anyone could guess, this ended disastrously and dug Hart’s grave a little deeper.

Seeing Hart’s wife, Eniko, crying about the embarrassment and hurt she felt after every social media platform skyrocketed the scandal was difficult and upsetting to watch. When Hart cheated, Eniko was pregnant with his third child, which inevitably added salt to the huge wound Hart had inflicted.

As a biopic series, Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up is impressively honest about Hart’s life. This scandal hugely impacted Hart’s reputation, yet he was open about addressing this scandal among others throughout the series.

In addition to the cheating scandal, Hart found himself in another scandal after homophobic tweets from 2009 and 2010 surfaced after the announcement that Hart would host the Oscars. That opportunity slipped away from him as he refused to issue another apology. The biopic covered his defence as he previously apologized on Ellen and didn’t feel the need to address it a second time, yet also gave employees in his office a chance to express their disappointment and personal struggles towards working for Hart after he was pegged by the media as a homophobe. The production fairly portrayed the situation both for Hart who claimed the homophobic tweets were wrong, yet was stubborn about admitting it, as well as those who were directly affected by his actions.

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up is an honest, candid look into one of the biggest celebrities of this decade. The series is well-produced, thoughtful and easy to follow. This biopic series shows the good, bad and ugly of being a comedian and celebrity.

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