Actors’ Spotlight #71: Regina Hall

Regina Hall (born December 12, 1970) is an American film and television actress and comedian. She is perhaps best known for her lead role as Brenda Meeks in the first four Scary Movie films. Hall, who was an English major in college and studied journalism in graduate school, envisioned a career as a journalist, but ventured into acting in her late twenties.

She has also appeared on television, most prominently in a recurring part on the network series Ally McBeal, between 2001 and 2002. Other significant film roles include in Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003), Think Like a Man (2012) and its sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), About Last Night (2014) and Vacation (2015).

Regina Hall is one of those actresses that you see in a lot of movies and she can usually brighten up any movie she’s in regardless of how bad it is, she’ll usually be the one thing you remember the most about that movie.

Since we’re on the subject of the bad movies she’s been involved in, let’s talk about the 5 worst movies Regina Hall has been in:

5. When The Bough Breaks

One of those movies where Hall is giving it her all but she’s given a really bland and mediocre thriller script to work off of. This is one of those movies Screen Gems usually puts out in mid September when there’s nothing else for the adults at the box office so give them this and it automatically becomes a hit despite the lack of a good script to work with.

4. Vacation

Only has a small cameo playing the wife to Keegan Michael-Key’s character, also a cameo, but when I looked at the films Hall has done, nothing else comes close to being as bad as this film was. This is mostly for just how bad the movie was as a whole and an insult to the legacy of the Vacation movies.

3. Malibu’s Most Wanted

The notorious failed attempt to try to branch The Jamie Kennedy Experiment character of Brad Gluckman out to the big screen and it’s a mess, it’s a mess of a movie on all levels.

2. King’s Ransom

Just a failed attempt at comedy….period. This is such a lazy and uninventive attempt to try to do a Trading Places like comedy in the modern day era and they have an excellent cast to work with Anthony Anderson, Hall, Kelita Smith, Jay Mohr, Nicole Ari Parker, Kelita Smith, Donald Faison, Loretta Devine, Charlie Murphy, this should’ve been hilarious but it just isn’t.

and the #1 worst Regina Hall movie is…

The Honeymooners

Just a bad idea altogether, once again, good cast, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union and Hall but the idea to make a black version of The Honeymooners made absolutely no sense at all and felt unnecessary. It’s just an idea that was doomed on arrival.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff, these are Regina Hall at her best:

5. Love & Basketball

Only her second starring role in a movie after breaking out in The Best Man and she has a small but really good role playing sister to Best Man co-star Sanaa Lathan’s character in the movie.

4. Barbershop: The Next Cut

Here, Hall reprises the character of Angie from Back In Business with a more prominent role this time around and as usual, she not only gives a good performance but she does a good job of working off the chemistry of the rest of the cast.

3. Think Like A Man

Another great ensemble comedy and one of the funnier comedies I had seen up to that point. The sequel…not so much.

2. The Best Man & The Best Man Holiday

Another series of films where in the first movie, Hall’s character isn’t given as much to do but she leaves an impression so much so that when the sequel came out 14 years later, they gave that character a bigger role and once again, she works incredibly well with the cast and this was one of those reunion sequels where you knew that everybody still had that chemistry from the first movie and made it work once again.

and the #1 best Regina Hall movie is…

About Last Night

This is one of the better remakes that have come out in the last few years because they take the source material, which wasn’t all that memorable of a movie, and contemporize it by not reducing it to cheap lows like the other remakes that came out, Robocop & Endless Love, by giving it a pussy PG-13 rating for a movie that was originally rated R. About Last Night doesn’t sugarcoat the facts about relationships, they are hard but you know what, you gotta deal with it. The cast works off each very well, you care about these couples because they are so likeable, the jokes are funny, the story runs smoothly, director Steve Pink does a good job brining this story to contemporary times.

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One comment on “Actors’ Spotlight #71: Regina Hall
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