Jesus Christ, here we go again. Get Hard follows the story of successful businessman, James (Will Ferrell). He's about to get married to the love of his life (Alison Brie), he's got all the money in the world and he's just been upgraded to a higher position at work. Then he gets arrested and is sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison. Having no idea what to do, James asks his car washer, Darnell (Kevin Hart), if he could teach him what it's like in prison and how to survive. And so for the next hour and a half we're treated to Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart making racist comments and rape jokes. If that's your thing then I presume you have no interest in reading my review, let-alone anyone's review for this film.
Get Hard, if you couldn't tell by the trailer, is a racist, trashy movie that will surely be forgotten come the end of the year, after I've released my worst of 2015 list of course. The jokes rarely work, but I do give them credit for consistency. They're consistent in content, filling up their entire runtime with racist jokes that are never funny. The only times I did chuckle, and trust me when I say this wasn't at all often, were the brief moments when they'd discuss something else, such as Will Ferrell sitting in a car with a knife in his head discussing how Kevin Hart is his father, which he obviously isn't. It's the only scene in the whole film that manages to stand out, and it's one of the only moments I remember giving off a slight chuckle to.
I like Will Ferrell. I think he's a hysterical comedian and his films, for the most part, are extremely entertaining. Then he did this, and I would most certainly put it up there with some of his worst films. But he's not even the problem with this movie. He's not hilarious, sure, but he supplies the only chuckles that I managed to get from this film. It's Kevin Hart who brings this film down. I can stand Hart when he's doing stand up or when he's making cameos, such as in This Is The End or Top Five, but I don't feel he's able to hold a film together on his own. He's not leading man material. He's got the energy, but he doesn't have the talent, and he's the main reason why films like this and Ride Along just aren't funny.
What also manages to bring this film even further down is the screenplay, if there was even one present when they were filming. It's not the jokes, it's not the cast (well, it's technically both of those, but that's not what I'm talking about right here). It's the lack of story and predictability of the outcome. Not a lot happens story wise. Most of the characters are the same as they are at the start of the film, the plot goes exactly where you expect it to go and 85% of this movie is simply preparing for rape, and that sure as hell isn't funny to watch. Will, I don't care how inconsistent some of your movies are, just go back to doing things as hilarious as Anchorman. Please let this be a one-off.
To sum up, Get Hard may feature the always likeable Will Ferrell and he may have the only chuckle-worthy scene in the entire film, but don't let that fool you into watching this racist, predictable and unfunny comedy.