Get Hard Movie Review
Should you get hard for Get Hard? The new Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy is about what you’d expect—nothing to get too excited over, but dumb, silly entertainment where half-masting is perfectly okay.
Ferrell plays a rich stockbroker who is falsely convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to ten years in prison. Facing incarceration in 30 days, he hires his car washer (Kevin Hart) to train him how to get hard—i.e. become tough for prison life so he doesn’t get ass-raped every 30 seconds—because, you know, he’s black, and black people know what prison is like.
Get Hard primarily involves Will Ferrell acting like a naïve idiot, because if there’s one thing Ferrell does well it is act like a naïve idiot, and Kevin Hart talking really fast, because if there’s one thing Hart does well it is talk really fast. The plot serves merely as a means to have these two actors play off one another, and one can presume that by intention or otherwise there was a fair amount of adlibbing.
Two of the three official screenwriters have never written anything of significance, and the third, Etan Cohen, hasn’t exactly written anything most would consider a comedic masterpiece (though some would incorrectly argue Tropic Thunder falls under that category). The trio clearly rely on the stars to carry the jokes.
Nonetheless, as stupid and inconsequential as Get Hard is, it’s easy to toss your brain on the gum-stained movie theater floor and enjoy what Cohen and crew have put together. There are quite a few laugh-out-loud scenes and many other chuckle-inducing ones, and while I can’t say any of them are particularly memorable or quote-worthy, they do the trick.
Get Hard isn’t a comedy classic by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re measuring in inches, it delivers something of average girth.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.