Kevin Hart: What Now?

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Kevin Hart: What Now?
Kevin Hart What Now.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Jeff Clanagan
  • Kevin Hart
  • Blake Morrison
  • Valerie Bleth Sharp
Written by
  • Kevin Hart
  • Harry Ratchford
  • Joey Wells
  • Kevin Hart
Music byChristopher Lennertz
  • Cameron Barnett
  • Christopher Duskin
Edited by
  • Peter S. Elliot
  • Guy Harding
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
Running time
96 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$9.9 million[3]
Box office$23.6 million[3]

Kevin Hart: What Now? is a 2016 American stand-up comedy concert film starring comedian Kevin Hart, based on his 2015 stand-up tour of the same name. It is the third theatrical release of a Hart stand-up show, following Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011) and Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013). The film was released in the United States on October 14, 2016. It received generally positive reviews and grossed $23 million.


In the film's spy sub-plot, set before the events of the performance, Kevin is secret agent for MI6 (Agent 0054) and attends a poker game event with his date Money Berry (Halle Berry), only for it to go horribly wrong.

In the performance portion, which takes up most of the film, Hart performs at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, providing a humorous insight into parenting, people on the edge, and hardships in everyday life.



On July 16, 2015, Universal Pictures announced that Kevin Hart: What Now?, a stand-up comedy film featuring a performance of Kevin Hart's What Now? Tour, would be theatrically released in the United States on October 14, 2016.[4] The show was filmed live on August 30, 2015 in front of 53,000 people, at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field,[1][5][6] with a live dress rehearsal for a small, intimate audience filmed at the stadium the night before on August 29, 2015.[7]

The film's teaser trailer was released January 12, 2016, and was shown in front of screenings of Universal's Ride Along 2.[8]


As Chocolate Droppa, his alias, he signed to Motown Records and released Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa), the soundtrack to the stand-up film. He released the singles "Push It On Me" featuring Trey Songz and "Baller Alert" with Migos & T.I.

Comedy album[edit]

A comedy album was also released for Kevin Hart: What Now?, and was nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.[9]


Box office[edit]

The film was expected to gross $13–15 million from 2,567 theaters in its opening weekend.[10] It ended up opening to $11.8 million, finishing second at the box office, and beating out Let Me Explain ($10 million) as the highest opening among Hart's stand-up comedy concert films.[11] The film went on to gross a total of $23.6 million, the second highest of Hart's stand-up films, behind Let Me Explain ($32.3 million).[3]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 6.13/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Kevin Hart: What Now? packs in enough of the comedian's infectious energy to more than compensate for the lulls in a stand-up set that doesn't quite rank with his best."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score 60 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[14]


  1. ^ a b Molly Eichel. "Kevin Hart wows a crowded Lincoln Financial Field". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "AMC Theatres: Kevin Hart: What Now?". AMC Theatres. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Dave McNary (May 6, 2015). "'Kevin Hart: What Now' Release Date Set for Oct. 14, 2016". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Kevin Hart To Make History When He Headlines Lincoln Financial Field « CBS Philly". February 16, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW TOUR (August 30, 2015). "Kevin Hart: WHAT NOW TOUR at Lincoln Financial Field on Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:00 PM EDT — Live Nation". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  7. ^  . "Kevin Hart- What Now?". Retrieved September 4, 2015.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Universal Pictures (January 12, 2016). "Kevin Hart: What Now? - Official Teaser Trailer (HD)" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Grammys 2018 Nominees: The Complete List". Billboard. November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant' is expected to unseat 'Girl On the Train' in slow box office weekend". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "'The Accountant' Calculates $24.7M Opening; 'Max Steel' Rusts". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ "Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  13. ^ "Kevin Hart: What Now? reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "CinemaScore". Archived from the original on September 16, 2017.

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