A hedge fund manager has a month to get ready for prison, so he hires the only black person he knows to GET HARD!
Honestly, I had absolutely no expectations for Get Hard. And that’s pretty much the best way to go into it.
This Kevin Hart/Will Ferrell vehicle is absolutely nothing special, it’s a by the numbers comedy with a high concept idea which is milked for every last giggle it might be able to draw from the audience. But it does have one up on most modern comedies by actually being funny from time to time.
Most of that has to do with the interplay between Hart and Ferrell, who form a decent comedy duo. Mostly that involves Ferrell doing the same thing he’s been doing for the last couple of decades (with a tad less shouting) while Hart does the heavy lifting.
Hart already proved his chemistry kudos earlier in the year with Josh Gad in The Wedding Ringer and he’s doing the same kind of work here. The 35 year old comic really throws himself into every scene and while his incredulous delivery can be a bit wearing, he’s undoubtedly got a future in the game. There’s an extended riff here where he plays three characters which feels like it belongs in a better film.
The rest proceeds pretty much as you might expect, there are some forgettable secondary characters played by the likes of Craig T. Nelson and a vamping Alison Brie and a little injection of drama towards the end. First time feature director Etan Coen doesn’t have anything new to add to the mix, and the whole affair looks like it was shot with one eye on the budget and the other on quitting time.
Still it’s all easy enough company with some decent lines and less scatological references than we’ve come to expect from the genre. It may tread the line of being racist and homophobic at the same time though and seems to think prison rape jokes are the height of good comedy.