Get Hard

WRITTEN BY: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Etan Cohen
STARRING: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson
RATING: 3 stars

James King (Will Ferrell) is a wealthy but naive financier who is engaged to the bratty daughter (Alison Brie) of his boss, Martin (Craig T. Nelson), when he is framed for embezzlement and sentenced to 10 years in prison. James has one month to get his affairs into order before being sent to jail. So, James enlists the help of car washer Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) under the racist belief that because Darnell is black, he must have served time behind bars and can help James prepare for prison life.

Although the plot seems barely plausible, there are plenty of laughs in Get Hard. Unfortunately, there are also some scenes that take the humour too far and rely too much on racial stereotypes. Some moments also felt mildly homophobic with references to prison rape. We know it happens in jail, but when the joke becomes characters repeatedly saying lines to the effect of “you're going to be raped” the humour falls flat pretty quickly. The better scenes are when the comedians are given the opportunity to be their natural funny selves, including Hart's typically yappy motor-mouth and Ferrell's expressions of confusion. Director Etan Cohen keeps the film relatively tight, but by the time the climax comes, your attention will probably already be waning. With a better storyline, the pairing of Ferrell and Hart might have been a better success. As it is, Get Hard will likely find its niche audience in teenage boys.