“Get Hard” tries to be funny but flops hard

When I saw the trailer for Get Hard, I was nervous.  I was worried that the trailer would show the totality of the funny moments in the movie.  Ironically, upon seeing the trailer, I realized that much of the trailer is not even in the movie.  More than likely that is due to the vulgar nature of the comedy in Get Hard. Though, I was right, the trailer is much funnier than the actual movie.

Get Hard is about big shot Wall Street mogul James King’s (Will Ferrell) fall from grace to a white collar felon accused of stealing millions from hard working Americans.  Though he claims his innocence and trusts the system the court, tired of being lenient to white collar offenders, the judge sentences him to eight years.  Convinced that he won’t make it and will be repeatedly “beat” and “raped” in prison, he enlists the help of Darnell (Kevin Hart) the wise-cracking Kevin Hart.  Why does he choose Kevin Hart?  Well, statistically he’s been in prison.  Darnell takes the job, though he has no experience in prison, and “hilarity” ensues.  For such a strong cast with veteran comedy director Ethan Cohen (Tropic Thunder), Get Hard should have been hilarious.  Unfortunatley, it’s not.

Get Hard is the laziest movie starring and written by funny people I haven’t seen in awhile.

When I say lazy, please don’t think I’m being some kind of comedy elitist.  I love dumb, over-the-top comedy as much as the next schmuck.  But, when I can see your entire plot arch in the first ten minutes, or worse, don’t care to know, there is something wrong with your script.  When I can see the next comedy setup coming from a mile away, you should be nervous.  Laziness aside, Get Hard is full of crude, homophobic, misogynistic humor because… that’s what’s funny?  I guess…  In my opinion, comedy is much funnier when you discover it on your own (à la Arrested Development).  I get it, seeing a white guy dress “urban” is funny, fart jokes are timeless.  I would like to present a counter argument to that mindset.  No, they are not.

In a word, Get Hard is lazy.  Full of crude humor, female and male nudity and a boring predictable plot; I was left unsatisfied.  If you go, will you laugh?  You may on occassion, but with a comedy duo like this, that isn’t saying much.  Is it really worth sifting through garbage to find a dollar?  If I were you, I’d skip Get Hard and see the movie Home, which I’m sure is just as funny and you won’t need to take a shower after.

Did you see “Get Hard” and what did you think?  Let us know in the comments below.  Were we to hard on this film?

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.