Movie Review: “Get Hard” by Blade Brown
I was very skeptical walking into this movie. The last movie I saw each of the stars in(Anchorman 2 & Think Like A Man 2) were both a let down. The only faith I had in this movie was that it was rated R. So I knew the stars would be able to cut loose and have fun with the material. While the film earns its rating, it fails to deliver a memorable experience.
The plot is simple. The socially ignorant James King is facing a ten year sentence in prison. So to get prepared for prison life, he hires Darnell, the owner of the car wash that details his car, to help him “Get Hard” before going in. The problem? Darnell is a legit businessman, who’s never got so much as a parking ticket. And after King insults him with his statistics of why he’s assumed Darnell has been to prison, he agrees to help him in exchange for $30,000. After getting a quick rundown of what prison life is like from his cousin Russell(Played flawlessly by TIP “TI” Harris), he creates a program to help James defend himself.
The chemistry between Ferrell and Hart is solid. I can only imagine what life on the set was like. But the material they’re working with is beneath both of their talents. Half of the movie’s jokes are about prison sex, the other half are about racists and typical stereotypes. Screenwriter Adam McKay(Step Brothers, Anchorman) is usually bankable, but other than a few moments, the humor just doesn’t hit the mark. Besides the brunch scene and the bit about “Keistering”, I can’t remember too many jokes. The funniest parts of the movie were just goofy moments that were most likely improved.
With a serviceable plot and a talented cast, this project should have been a slam dunk. Instead, its a by the numbers comedy that will be forgotten about by the time the seasons change from spring to summer. While its not terrible, this had the potential to be so much more.