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Get Hard

Updated on April 5, 2015

Get Hard

Director: Etan Cohen

Writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Etan Cohen, Adam McKay

Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Ariana Neal, Erick Chavarria, T.I., Paul Ben-Victor, John Mayer, Jon Eyez, Nito Larioza, Dan Bakkedahl, Greg Germann, Ron Funches

Synopsis: When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug material

Stevennix2001's Rating:

8 / 10

Pros:

- Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart were funny. Both had a lot of great comedic chemistry together.

- Jokes were funny.

- Pacing was decent

- All the actors played their parts well.

Cons:


- The first act of the freaking film was an obvious rip off of Rob Schneider's comedy, "Big Stan."

- The last two acts fell into that whole "falsely accused" cliché shtick.

- Story was very predictable

- A lot of generic one dimensional characters

- Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell keep playing the same damn characters in most of their films, and "Get Hard" isn't that much different. However, it doesn't ruin the movie by any means, so it's forgivable. Just something worth pointing out.

When life gives you d**k, then you make d**kade! Wait..that doesn't sound much better than d**k...

The Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart buddy comedy has finally made it to the big screen. If you haven't seen any of the trailers by now, then allow me to explain what this story is about.

A successful white billionaire gets convicted over some elaborate scam, and he's given thirty days to get his affairs in order, before serving time in prison. Fearing that he might get raped in jail, James (Will Ferrell) seeks the help of a struggling car wash owner named Darnell (Kevin Hart), in order to learn how to survive in prison. Unluckily for James, Darnell has never been to prison, but he needs the money, so he reluctantly agrees to train him anyway.

Why does James think Darnell would be the perfect guy to ask for help? Especially, when you consider he didn't even bother to ask if whether or not he's actually been to prison before? The quick answer to this query is because he's black. According to James' unintentionally racist logic, he says that blacks are more statistically prone to end up in federal prison, so he basically assumes Darnell served some time. And considering how it seems like James doesn't really know that many black people, he figures Darnell would be perfect to ask.

Naturally, Darnell wanted to smack the crap out of him once James explained this rationality, but Darnell needs the money, so he reluctantly agrees to train him to survive in prison. What follows is a series of events involving slapstick humor combined with the usual "r-rated" d**k jokes that one can expect from a mainstream comedy like this.

And if you've seen the Rob Schneider comedy, "Big Stan", then chances you know exactly how the first act of the film plays out, as it's basically an incoherent knock off of that same damn film. The only real difference is that Will's character hires a black guy to train him for prison; based on a false assumption. Whereas Rob Schneider, he actually went out of his way to be trained by a real kung fu expert played by David Carradine. However, that's basically where the similarities between the two movies end.

While the first act of the movie is a cheap knock off of "Big Stan", the rest of the movie focuses on James and Darnell trying to prove his innocence. Unlike Schneider's character in "Big Stan" where it was blatantly obvious he was guilty as hell, James is merely a victim of circumstance. A mere fall guy for another greedy corporate a**hole.

And if you've seen a lot of comedy movies before, then chances are you know exactly how this one shapes out. I won't ruin the rest of the movie for those that haven't seen it yet, but it's actually a lot funnier than what most critics are giving it credit for. Granted, it certainly isn't going to have a surprisingly deep message about life hidden among the d**k jokes and slap stick humor the same way that "Neighbors" did last year, nor can you expect this film to have any kind of deep narrative whatsoever.

Heck, it's not even a clever raunchy satire like "22 Jump Street" was last year either. However, it is a raunchy slapstick d**k joke infested humor type comedy that features two funny comedians acting at the top of their games.

Although Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart aren't the best comedic actors in the world, they do compliment each other quite well throughout this movie. Will Ferrell still plays the same lovable jackass who means well, but he's basically a socially inept moron that relies mostly on physical comedy. Meanwhile, you have Kevin Hart, who still plays the same quick witted fast talking smart ass that he always plays.

When it comes to comedies in general, it seems like both Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart keep playing the same damn characters. With the exception of a few choice parts in films like "Stranger than Fiction", "The Lego Movie" and "Everything Must Go" to name a few, most of Will Ferrell's roles often revolve him making a complete jackass out of himself to generate a few laughs. Not saying there's anything wrong with it, but it usually comes off like he's playing the exact same freaking character in most of his comedic roles.

The same can be said of Kevin Hart, who seems to play himself in every damn part he plays. Sure, some roles feature more slapstick comedy than others, but Kevin Hart always plays the fast talking smart a** that he's always played in every single freaking role that he gets.

Again, there's nothing wrong with it if that's where your strengths are as an actor, as John Wayne became a Hollywood icon doing that. However, it does cement the idea that your not a versatile actor if you can't display a lot of range.

Upon first glance, "Get Hard" may not seem like much, but it's surprisingly very funny. Sure, the first act of the film is a deliberate rip off of "Big Stan", and the last two acts fall into the whole "falsely accused" shtick that we've seen over a million times before in countless of other freaking films.

But as I alluded to earlier, "Get Hard" does have a lot of comedic moments in it. And at the end of the day, the whole point of a comedy is to make people laugh. Granted, I doubt this film will win any movie awards next year, but if you're looking for a raunchy slapstick style comedy, then you might want to give this one a chance.

Not the best comedy that I've seen, but it's worth checking out if your looking for a few cheap laughs.


© 2015 Steven Escareno

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