STARRING: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Craig T. Neslon, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Ariana Neal, Paul Ben-Victor, Greg Germann and T.I
When millionaire James King is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
James King is a wealthy hedge fund manager, engaged to a gorgeous fiancée Alissa, when one day he is arrested for fraud and embezzlement. His lawyer urges him to plea guilty but refuses and insists he’s innocent and believes he’ll be exonerated…only to be found guilty and sentenced to 10 years at San Quentin, with the judge giving him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Whilst he’s under house arrest he enlists the help of Darnell, his car washer, to teach him how to toughen up to survive prison as he blindly assumes he was incarcerated because he’s black and is willing to pay for his services.
Oddly enough for Get Hard it possesses two of the hardest working funnymen in Hollywood at the minute and even yet the script is pretty much paper thin and rather than choosing whether it wants to be a satirical or political take on the material it ends up being neither, ending up just a forgettable film that in the end is saved by its final act of being completely forgettable.
By its premise it could’ve worked tackling taboos and at least making a social conscience/message by the films end but ends up being stereotypical offensive remarks from Will Ferrell’s King on Kevin Hart’s Darnell for the films running time and playing rape jokes….alot of rape jokes. To be fair, the two do the best with what they’re given to make it out and on an odd occasion I did laugh, such as King recording himself talking prison trash, his big moment in the films final act and Darnell running a simulation to make him keep his cool during a prison ‘riot’ but the film takes too long to get back to the real angle – Having James King figure out who the hell framed him! Which means we have Alison Brie and Craig T. Neslon wasted here, though they’re fine in their roles as well as T.I and Paul Ben-Victor. It’s a well shot and steadily directed film by Cohen but the films humour already feels dated whilst you’re halfway through viewing it.
It’s a well shot and steadily directed film by Cohen but the films humour already feels dated whilst you’re halfway through viewing it. 4/10