We all know that being free and living life to the fullest is a luxury we all have as people who obey the laws of the United States. However, the question we should all present ourselves is to what extent would you go to in order to be ready for a long stay in prison. “Get Hard” answers this question in a hysterical, yet graphic way.
As a millionaire hedge fund manager, James King is a man who enjoys the finer things in life. Between his job and his breathtakingly beautiful fiancee, James has no worries. However, when James is arrested for fraud and sentenced to a long prison sentence in the notorious San Quentin, he reaches out for a prison education.
Enter Darnell Lewis, a hard-working small business owner who dreams to have a better life. There is only one problem – Darnell has never been given a ticket, let alone been to jail. With 30 days before James is transported to prison, Darnell will have to teach him how to “get hard” and in the process both of them will discover that they had the wrong idea about one another.
“Get Hard” stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, T.I., Edwina Findley and Craig T. Nelson.
First off, go ahead and address the true and sincerely hysterical premise of someone like Ferrell actually going to prison. Keep in mind that Ferrell is probably different in real life than from the screen. It is still hilarious. Then, top it off by putting one of the most popular comedians alongside him, Hart, you would think it would be a huge hit. Sadly, that is not the case here.
Ferrell really goes all out wimp for this film, which makes his performance even more sincere. He embodies a man who in less than a month knows that his life will become a living hell as he goes to a maximum-security prison.
As far as supporting roles go, T.I. hits a home run as Hart’s felon cousin, Russell. He proves himself to be both an intense character and a semi-comedic relief. It is still hard for me to get the image of Will Ferrell being an initiate into the fearful gang, the Crenshaw Kings. I have never laughed so hard in my life.
The wild and crazy aspect of this film is something to be commended with that of some of Ferrell’s earlier films.
On another note, the whole severity of a person framing Ferrell’s character would be more severe and not made to look simplistic stupid. It is OK if a comedy gets a little serious as long as there is a joke to bring it back down. Take note, “Get Hard” writers.
I personally would love to see both Ferrell and Hart wok together again. I would not let this film stand in the way of another great potential project. As far as if you should see this one, I am saying maybe. If you are free on a lazy afternoon, you might want to check it out. It will make you laugh like crazy. Just do not get to attached to the plot.
Story by John Gruccio, Contributing writer