Wednesday 20 November 2019

Get Hard - 'makes you wonder who is pulling the strings in Hollywood'

Tanya Sweeney

Comedy: Starring Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T Nelson, Alison Brie, Ariana Neal, John Mayer. Dir. Etan Cohen.

2*

Get Hard is the sort of movie that really makes you wonder just who is pulling the strings in Hollywood.

How this plot got past the financiers is anyone's guess: millionaire fraudster James King (Ferrell) is heading to jail after a bust, so he enlists the help of Darnell Lewis (Hart) to give him some pointers on how to best survive behind bars in San Quentin.

The only flaw in his plan is that this is a classic case of mistaken identity:

Darnell is not a criminal, as James thinks he is, rather the owner of a car wash. We never quite find out just why Darnell, a usually upright kind of guy, would get involved in such a ruse. High jinks and hilarity ensue - or at least that's the plan.

Get Hard is a vehicle for Ferrell and Hart's comedic chops. Unfortunately, the movie industry is replete with these films; tawdry triumphs of commerce over substance. Luckily, Hart and Farrell are likeable enough to make this film just about watchable.

There's a social commentary in there somewhere, and possibly the whisperings of a soul. Good luck if you can find either.

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