The premise of the movie is for Kevin Hart’s character (Darnell Lewis) to prepare Will Ferrell’s character (James King) to go to prison for fraud. Darnell is in need of some extra money; 30,000 dollars to be exact and James will give it to him if Darnell will only pull the thug out of the white collar business man.
“Get Hard” sheds light on stereotypes in America and its humor will leave you laughing at scenes you know you shouldn’t. James is the stereotypical pompous, arrogant, wealthy, white collar business man and is engaged to the CEO’s daughter for the firm he works for. By mid movie James King had been used as a puppet for company gain and thrown under the bus (which happens a lot in corporate America). He is arrested and is found guilty of fraud and money laundering. Facing jail time James loses it and is willing to risk anything to “Get Hard” and not become “someone’s b***h” in prison. James has 30 days to turn hisself in but he cuts his GPS off his leg to elope with the CEO’s daughter. Now-a-days, “These hoes ain’t loyal,” James gets dumped by his fiancé so his last resource is for Darnell to teach him how to be hard.
Darnell is a manager of a car wash in the basement of the building James works at and has never been to jail in his life but James insists Darnell is the best man for the job because all black men have been to jail before. Darnell teaching James to be hard is like asking a bum for change. Darnell is no thug and he needs help himself. They go through the film setting up situations that James will encounter in prison as if everything that ever happened in the HBO series “OZ” is what real jail is like. Darnell takes over James house and simulates fights on the yard, shake downs and other jail conditions he got from calling his black cousin who did a bid (laughing). This comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is sure to leave you thinking, “What did I just see,” chuckling at the most racially motivated scenes.
Acting score 8
Story score 6
Music & SFX score 6