Get Hard awkwardly stumbles through attempts at finding humour in racial and sexual differences. Allegations of xeno/homophobia could be partially diffused by comedic context, but this comedy clearly needs to grow up.
The film’s scant laughs are born from the fraudulent, ignorant James King (Ferrell) and his frequent need to dislodge foot from mouth. Kevin Hart provides a very loose moral compass as Darnell Lewis, but our leads never seem to be moving in the same direction.
The irony of playing a successful man desperately trying to survive his downturn should not be lost on Ferrell.
Uninspired and unfunny, Get Hard is further evidence that Ferrell needs a career intervention.
CAST: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie, T.I. Harris
DIRECTOR: Etan Cohen
WRITER: Etan Cohen
SYNOPSIS: Successful hedge fund manager James King is arrested for fraud and embezzlement. Found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail, King ignorantly assumes car washer Darnell Lewis has been inside before, so seeks his tips on how to survive in prison.