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Get Hard [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Extended cut of Etan Cohen's comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. When millionaire businessman James King (Ferrell) is convicted of tax evasion he finds himself facing a ten-year sentence in San Quentin prison. With just 30 days to sort out his affairs and prepare himself for a life behind bars James enlists the help of Darnell Lewis (Hart), the owner of a car wash company who James mistakenly believes is an ex-convict. Darnell accepts the challenge and arranges all manner of activities that will get James to toughen up. Along the way, both men come to some realisations but when the 30 days are up will James be ready for what lies ahead? The cast also includes Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson and T.I.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.09 x 5.43 x 0.59 inches; 2.82 Ounces
- Director : Etan Cohen
- Media Format : Subtitled, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : August 10, 2015
- Actors : Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B00QKS2MB6
- Number of discs : 1
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Will Ferrell is probably one of my favorite people to watch in movies. He’s the biggest comedic powerhouse of modern times. He’s absolutely insane and has zero qualms about embarrassing himself for a laugh. I’ve been a fan of his since his days at Saturday Night Live. I’m also a huge fan of his roles in Old School, Anchorman, and one of my all-time favorites, Step Brothers.
Kevin Hart is one of the biggest rising stars in the stand up comedy world. Known for his small stature and quick wit, Kevin is now walking down the path of success that comedians like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock have paved.
In Get Hard, Will Ferrell plays James King, and ultra rich stock broker who is engaged to his boss’ smoking hot daughter played by Allison Brie. Everything in life is going fine until James is arrested for multiple counts of fraud. Knowing he’s completely innocent, James refuses to take a plea deal, but ends up with a maximum sentence of ten years in San Quentin State Prison. The Judge gives James thirty days to settle all his affairs. Knowing that he has the absolute highest probability of being raped and/or murdered in jail, he hires the only black guy he knows, Darnell the guy who washes his car played by Kevin Hart. James just assumes Darnell has been to prison just because he’s black, but Darnell just follows along with his naive thinking because he needs money to move into a better neighborhood for the sake of his family’s safety. Darnell now has less than thirty days to get James prepared for the next ten years of his life.
The best way to describe Get Hard is to call it socially acceptable racial observation humor disguised as a buddy flick. The movie looks at how different races and social classes perceive each other through the eyes of stereotypical white and black characters. This is the same formula we’ve all seen in movies like Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy, Rush Hour, and 48 Hours. The humor worked for those movies and it works for Get Hard.
Get Hard isn’t trying to be some sort of overly complicated social commentary about prejudice, but rather a light-hearted and outrageous comedy about the differences and similarities of whites and blacks. It’s observational humor that you’d see on Chappelle’s Show and Key and Peele. It’s healthy to make fun of ourselves and others through laughter instead of violence.
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart worked fantastically together. I’m not going to lie, but I actually wasn’t expecting much from this movie. The trailer looked silly and dumb. What absolutely makes this movie work well is the performances of Ferrell and Hart. As usual, Will Ferrell is a lunatic. He goes all out being over the top, but not in an obnoxious way. What makes the performance even better is that Kevin Hart works within Ferrell’s style of comedy, but does not try to overshadow it with his own. It was also refreshing that the typical “Kevin Hart is short” joke was barely used. Hart does indeed have funny moments, but they are more reactionary to Ferrell’s antics. Hart is more of a straight man to Ferrell and that to me is what made this comedy duo work really well.
The movie is filled with quite a few outrageous and memorable scenes mostly involving the prison training of James King. The movie starts with Ferrell’s ass in your face and it never backs down at trying to be funny. I don’t want to spoil any of the particular funny scenes, but the scene with Ferrell in the men’s room stall of a gay friendly restaurant received more roars and laughs in a movie that I’ve witnessed in a long time.
Supporting cast members include Craig T. Nelson as James’ boss and future father-in-law Martin, Allison Brie as Jame’s fiance, and Tip “T.I.” Harris as Darnell’s cousin who is the leader of a notoriously violent gang. The supporting actors weren’t really in the film that long to provide a major impact to the story. They just added reason and circumstance for different scenes. I do have to say though that I did like the lingerie scene with Allison Brie. Call it a crush on her, but she was ultra sexy in her corset and stockings.
The biggest fault of Get Hard is that it was pretty predictable. The moment Ferrell is sentenced to jail, it was quite obvious why he was arrested in the first place. The movie did have some original scenes and situations, but they were also book ended by cliched moments of stereotypical racial and gay jokes. We all get it, all rich white people think blacks are criminals and gay people all meet up in public to give each other oral sex.
Get Hard isn’t trying to reinvent the comedy wheel, but I think it does what it sets out to do and that’s make people laugh. The movie is co-written and directed by Etan Cohen who’s best known for writing the screenplays for Men in Black 3, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy, and television episodes of American Dad! and King of the Hill. If you are familiar with those movies and TV shows, then you’ll be able tell Cohen’s irreverent sense of humor throughout Get Hard. Cohen and fellow writers do not at all back down from taboo subjects. They go the the best possible punch line and don’t apologize for stepping over any boundaries.
Get Hard is entertaining and funny and I found myself laughing more than I was expecting. I wouldn’t say that Get Hard is rip-roaring, gut-busting hilarious, but it is pretty darn funny. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart worked really well with each other a lot better than I was expecting. It’s too early to categorize them as a modern day Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, but I think I’d like to see them work together in the future. If you are fans of the comedians and looking for a good time at the movies, then Get Hard shouldn’t disappoint.