FILM REVIEW: Rather tiresome but enough one-liners to get you through

Get Hard ANL-150331-134551001
Get Hard ANL-150331-134551001

FILM REVIEW: GET HARD (15)

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CAST: WILL FERRELL, KEVIN HART, CRAIG T NELSON, ALISON BRIE & T I

RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 40 MINS

DIRECTOR: ETAN COHEN

Better than I’d feared, but worse than I’d hoped, WRITES MIKEY CLARKE.

Will Ferrell films are usually hit-or-miss – but this one is somewhere in the middle.

I wasn’t too impressed by the trailer to Get Hard. I thought the concept would work great as a sketch, but might not be strong enough to keep me hooked for an entire movie – I was right.

But it has to be said, although the story itself becomes rather tiresome towards the end, there are enough good one-liners thrown in to get you through the duration of the film.

The story sees James King (Will Ferrell), a millionaire financial whizz living the high-life alongside his fiancée (Alison Brie). But King’s luxurious lifestyle has left him a little out of touch with the ‘real world’ – and soon into the movie he’s arrested for fraud and embezzlement, and sentenced to ten years in a maximum-security prison.

Fearing he’d not last five minutes in such a place, he hires a man named Darnell (Kevin Hart) – who washes King’s car – to teach him how to handle himself in prison, ignorantly assuming he’s ‘done time’ due to his colour of skin.

What follows is a series of improvised one-liners from two of America’s most popular comedians – some work, while others fall flat.

Thankfully, because they’re so frequent, just as you’ve started thinking how poor one gag is – you’re probably laughing out loud at the next.

Sadly those intermittent gags are pretty much the only reason to see the film – because a few gems make up for a very badly written script. And to get through that you’ll need to be solid as a rock.

Rating: 2/5