Looks like Will Ferrel is the new Adam Sandler! We meet James King (Will Ferrel), a wealthy businessman who is convicted of tax evasion and embezzlement. James did not commit these crimes. His lawyer gives him a plea agreement that will help keep him out of prison for a long time. James decides that he does not want to take the plea because he things the judge will know he did not do this. James decides to go to trial and it does not work out well for him. He is sentenced to ten years at a state prison. James now knows that prison will be very hard for him because he is a rich, white man who knows that he will be horribly abused in prison. James needs some help on how he can survive in prison. He gets the man who washes his car, Darnell (Kevin Hart). Darnell is black and James immediately makes the assumption that he has been to prison before. Darnell has never been to prison a day in his life, but James offers him $30,000 to teach him how to survive there. Darnell knows he cannot pass that kind of money up. Darnell starts to realize that James may be innocent after all and they start to form a bit of a friendship.
Get Hard is a movie that a lot of people were really looking forward to. I know I was definitely one of those people, but I wish I wasn’t. I went into this movie with a lot of high hopes and left completely disappointed. I thought the movie started off very funny, but once they got very into training to survive in prison, it just got less and less funny. I thought Will Ferrel was very bad in this. Maybe his hayday is done and over with, which is very upsetting because he used to be one of my favorite actors. Kevin Hart, as funny as he is, was even pretty bad in this movie. I don’t think that with two very funny people, this movie should have been as bad as it was.
This is the first movie that director, Etan Cohen has directed and it definitely showed. He is more well-known for being a writer. He is the writer of Tropic Thunder, which I really liked. The major thing that starts to fade away from this movie is the most important part, the humor. It just lacks so much of it. I really think this movie could have been way funnier than it was. It almost seemed like it was more about the two just getting a long and becoming best buddies. I did not want to see a movie about two people forming a friendship. I just wanted to go and laugh my ass off at these two funny guys. Sadly, I was not able to do that.
Get Hard is a movie that just goes for the typical racial and vulgar comedy, but they become very repetitive and overused. I like when movies have all that, but they should try to stir up some new jokes and not just rely on the same stuff throughout. That is what I felt this movie did. This movie just becomes very hard to sit through at times and you just wish it would end about an hour in. The last thirty minutes are pretty painful to get through. I definitely do not recommend this movie for you to go to theaters and see. If you want to watch it, wait until it comes out on Netflix. I wouldn’t even pay for this if I were you.
Overall, Get Hard is a movie that starts off pretty funny, but then just gets lazy and boring. This has very poor writing and acting.
Grade= D (Bad)