Crime has never been more disorganized than in this outrageous comedy featuring Stacey Dash (Clueless) and hip-hop superstars Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and Capone-N-Noreaga. When a rookie crook (Kevin Hart) teams up with some bungling burglars to prove some guys have so much fun… it's criminal!
The excellent Paper Soldiers
shifts fluidly from comedy to serious drama as it follows an overeager burglar named Shawn (Kevin Hart) through the ups and downs of his short, stressful career. Already on parole but faced with the power being turned off and his child forced to eat nothing but cereal, Shawn convinces an older thief (Derrick "Capone" Lee) to train him. He soon finds himself caught between his angry girlfriend (Tiffany Withers), his incompetent would-be-criminal friends, and a neighborhood sociopath with a hair-trigger temper (Beanie Sigel). Paper Soldiers
always feels real, which makes the humor genuine and lets the movie shift gears into high tension. The performances are compelling throughout--Hart makes you care about Shawn without ever letting him off the hook for his foolish decisions. Smartly written and skillfully directed, Paper Soldiers
deserves to be seen. Featuring cameos by Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, and others. --Bret Fetzer