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.