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Kim Kardashian Flunks ‘Tyler Perry’s Temptation’ Test

Movie Talk
March 29, 2013
Kim Kardashian, right, and Jurnee Smollett-Bel in 'Tyler Perry's Temptation'
Kim Kardashian, right, and Jurnee Smollett-Bel in 'Tyler Perry's Temptation'

Kim Kardashian: Reality show favorite, entrepreneur, red carpet staple, amateur adult film star, Kanye West's future baby mama, and … actress.

Not so fast.

The reviews are starting to stream in on Kardashian's role in Tyler Perry's latest ensemble melodrama, "Temptation." And let's just say the 32-year-old -- who already has a Worst Actress Razzie nomination under her belt for her 2008 turn in the aptly named "Disaster Movie" -- is not getting high marks.

"[Kim Kardashian's] monotonous line readings demonstrate that she saved her real acting talents for her sex tape," writes Frank Scheck of the Hollywood Reporter. And he doesn't stand alone in his opinion.

Kardashian serves as comic relief in the otherwise ultraserious -- some are saying heavy-handed -- drama about a neglected, bored wife named Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) who cheats on her pharmacist husband (Lance Gross) with a social-media billionaire (Robbie Jones). "[It's] a cautionary tale about adultery that makes 'Reefer Madness' seem subtle," Scheck states in his review.

Kardashian plays Ava, Judith's co-worker and personal glam-squad assistant who zhuzhes up her otherwise boring style.

In his review, Alonso Duralde of the Wrap labels Kardashian "as nasal and awful an actress as you might imagine," adding that the film is "a deafening sermon."

[Related: 'Tyler Perry's Temptation' trailer's unlikely star, Kim Kardashian]

Kim K., right, with Vanessa Williams in 'Temptation'
Kim K., right, with Vanessa Williams in 'Temptation'

Jenni Miller of Hollywood.com calls Kardshian's role "a true feat of stunt casting that's only made all the more impressive by her inability to inject the slightest bit of emotion into her steady stream of insults."

"The question of whether the celebrity gossip maven can act is answered within 60 seconds of her cold absence of any feeling performance," observes Joel D Amos of Movie Fanatic, who gives Perry's latest big-screen tale 2-1/2 out of 5 stars.

Roger Moore of McClatchy Newspapers chose to criticize Perry instead of Kardashian, citing the writer-director's penchant for casting "women who have been media (and man) victims from time to time."

Many Perry fans were enraged when news of Kardashian being cast in the film broke -- in part because "Temptation" is a morality tale about the sanctity of marriage, and Kardashian is a two-time loser in that department.

Her first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas lasted just four years, from 2000 to 2004, and she followed that up with a whopping 72-day union with basketballer Kris Humphries. Their divorce has been playing out in the media since their split in 2011.

Perry defended his decision, writing on his website that he considered casting her "long before I even heard about Kim's marriage or divorce."

He argued that since so many young people look up to Kardashian, who has more than 17.5 million followers on Twitter, she would draw them to learn the film's important lesson. "I thought and still do think, that it would be very responsible of her to be a part of this film. To have the young people that look up to her, see her in a film that is about, what happens in life when you make the wrong choices," Perry wrote.

We'll leave it to the box office to decide whether Perry made the right choice in casting Kardashian.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation" is in theaters now.

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