Sadly, “Get Hard” was terrible. Even more terrible was the fact that numerous little people in the audience witnessed the uncreative, homophobic and racist jokes that relied on stereotypes for the occasional cheap laugh. Come on people, the film’s rated R and playing at 10 p.m. for a reason.
Now, back to the movie. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team-up in this sad excuse of a comedy to presumably rob moviegoers of their hard earned money; it’s obvious they weren’t actually trying to produce something entertaining.
Ferrell plays James King, a stockbroker who is convicted of fraud and embezzlement and given 30 days to get his affairs in order. The bumbling white-collar, Bel Air dope decides to hire Darnell (Hart) a black businessman who King assumes has been to prison – because, well he’s black – to teach him how to survive in prison. King, a financial whiz, explains that statistically it’s highly likely Darnell has been incarcerated. Darnell hasn’t, but needing the money, he goes with it.
There are of course antagonists in King’s boss (Craig T. Nelson) and King’s former fiancée Allisa (Alison Brief), who is King’s boss’ daughter. But, the question of whether King was actually guilty of fraud and embezzlement was answered on Ferrell’s goofy face when King was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The rest of the film features jokes I’d consider too lowbrow for your average 13-year-old boy, albeit with the occasional laugh (kind of like that uncomfortable pity chuckle you reserve for your sergeant whose poor jokes have become a joke unto themselves).
Some in the series of tubes we call the Internet are crying foul over the incessant use of insensitive material that they argue perpetuates stereotypes. We call those people Social Justice Warriors and White Knights. Ignore them. Their oversensitivity is a recessive gene that causes sporadic bouts of crying and a myriad of other symptoms that evolution has yet to weed from the population. The real tragedy is remembering Ferrell’s memorable roles as “Hank the Tank,” “Ron Burgundy” and “Ricky Bobby” while sitting through two hours of prison-rape jokes and being privy to one too many screen shots of man bits.
Although, one man-bit scene was admittedly funny (there’s a 13 year old in every man), ultimately this film is just sad and stupid.
For those of you who have yet to see “Get Hard,” the 3-minute preview is more than adequate in explaining the plot – beginning, middle and end. So save yourself the time and pop in “Anchorman,” if you’re in the mood for a laugh. This film gets one pity chuckle.
1 star out of 5
“Get Hard” is rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug material.