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Get Hard

6/10
Comedy . Crime
 

When obscenely rich hedge-fund manager James is convicted of fraud and sentenced to a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him one month to get his affairs in order. Knowing that he won't survive more than a few minutes in prison on his own, James desperately turns to Darnell-- a black businessman who's never even had a parking ticket -- for help. As Darnell puts James through the wringer, both learn that they were wrong about many things, including each other.

 
Actors: John Mayer , Paul Ben-Victor , Ariana Neal , Erick Chavarria , Edwina Findley Dickerson , T.I. , Craig T. Nelson , Alison Brie , Kevin Hart , Will Ferrell
Directors: Etan Cohen
Country: USA
Release: 2015-03-27
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  • Mick LaSalle

    It matches up two comic actors and instead of clashing or canceling each other out, they bring in the best possible result: A comedy with twice the laughs.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Ferrell and Hart don’t bring anything that we haven’t seen from them before, but they create a bouncy, playfully defiant rapport. It’s promising enough that you wish they could have made a movie in which they’re just making us laugh, instead of leaving us wondering how every third scene could be made less offensive.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Dumb, juvenile comedy has its place when it's funny. Unfortunately, too often in Get Hard, it's not.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Laughter trumps political fairness, and Get Hard made me laugh at, and with, situations I hadn’t thought could tickle me. The movie has a warm heart beating under its seemingly scabrous shell.

    Time Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Miraculously, the movie doesn’t feel mean-spirited so much as profoundly awkward. Scripted by smart guys like Etan Cohen (Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder) and two behind-the-scenes writers on TV’s consistently excellent Key & Peele, the film feels both daring and foolhardy.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Alex Needham

    I don’t believe that Get Hard sets out to be hurtful, and there are some good gags... but it does seem dumb and dated.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    The germ of an interesting idea in Get Hard is completely overshadowed by the onslaught of jokes meant to be boundary-pushing and edgy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    If you love rape jokes, Get Hard is your movie.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's all wildly uneven, but some bits really are funny. Ferrell plays his usual clueless character, but he's good at it. And it turns out a toned-down Hart is a funnier Hart. But Cohen can't keep a handle on it all. Worse, he has no feel for when the satire goes too far.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    From its juvenile double entendre title to its fascination with prison rape and homophobic humor, “Get Hard” practically announces itself as an offensive, tired and unimaginative comedy in nearly every scene. And yet I didn’t hate it because Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had such terrific comedic chemistry.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Ferrell and Hart have a genial, easygoing chemistry and Get Hard manages to score more than a few good points about facile assumptions and toxic hypocrisy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Ferrell and Hart are too likable and crowd-pleasing to let the movie collapse around them. But they’re also too talented for something this wan.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Get Hard is most comfortable — and funny — when Cohen gets back to skewering class warfare.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Ferrell is as fearless as ever, stripping down and looking foolish, willing to be out-of-touch and out of step. Hart has his manic moments. But in this buddy comedy, the buddies are not equal and that limits the laughs.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A passably silly but lowbrow buddy comedy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Get Hard is not only a bad movie but a profoundly wasted opportunity.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    Laughs are few and far between in a comedy that proves the combo of talented performers and an intriguing concept are no guarantee of success. Dispiriting stuff.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The real problem is that Get Hard’s very idea of edge is itself pretty stale. It feels like a bunch of off-color jokes the filmmakers have been trying to tell for years, and they’ve crammed them all into one film — with tiresome results.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Is it funny enough to make for a wholly satisfying feature-length film? No, not really. Like so many films of Ferrell's, Get Hard feels rushed and uneven.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The highest praise I can give Get Hard is that it is not quite as awful as it could have been.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • James Luxford

    Asking little of its stars, and even less of any watching audience, Get Hard is a familiar studio comedy that barely succeeds in its attempt to drown out a thin plot with jokes that will appeal to people who have seen a lot of the actors' previous films. Perhaps the offensive thing about it is that we've seen this all before.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    Get Hard just gets increasingly hard to put up with, full stop.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Belying its title, this is a pretty flaccid offering which fails to gel the comedy stylings of Hart and Ferrell.

    Empire Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    A raunchy yet slack-feeling comedy that seems to put as much effort into playing on racial stereotypes as playing for laughs.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Riding that fine line between misjudged and deliberately anti-p.c., Get Hard is lewd, crude and rude but, despite its disastrous reception at SxSW, not entirely unfunny.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Audiences are going to want to brace themselves, too – for a movie that refuses to recognize when it’s going too far, with its wince-eliciting jokes about jailhouse rape in particular.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    If the jokes in Get Hard were a set of Jeopardy categories, they’d read as follows: Things Will Ferrell Puts Up His Butt, Butt Rape, Shots of Will Ferrell’s Bare Butt and Satirical Comparisons of Violent and Nonviolent Crime Not Excluding Mentions of Balzac.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Get Hard is hard to sit through and hardly funny. So unless you're really hard up for entertainment, stay away from this tone-deaf raunchfest.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's not easy hanging talents like Ferrell and Hart out to dry. But Get Hard gets the job done. It's one limp noodle.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Get Hard... is certainly a better name than, say, Laugh Hard, which you won't do nearly enough.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The deathly silence doomed to haunt theaters during Get Hard allows audiences far too much time to think about its problematic attitudes toward race, gender, sexuality, and class, as well as its borderline-nonsensical plot.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Whatever one makes of Get Hard’s contribution to our ongoing national debate about race, class and sexuality, there’s no denying that too much of it simply feels cheap, flailing and tired.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It's OK to rip off/pay homage to a better movie, but the idea is to improve on it, and ideas one thing that's completely missing from Get Hard.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Get Hard becomes an increasingly unpleasant comedy, wasting two very funny stars in a barrage of prison rape gags, lazy stereotypes, toilet stall indignities and insincere acceptance of people already marginalized in movies.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    This mess is guilty of being both racist and homophobic. And it’s as shamelessly lazy and crude as its title suggests.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's a mystery why two bona fide comic stars, working very, very hard to keep this thing from tanking, couldn't pressure their collaborators for another rewrite or three.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    The filmmakers largely stand out of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's way, but they also refuse to modulate the story's racial humor with any sense of subversion.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Competently made but morally repellent, Get Hard may be my least favorite Will Ferrell feature film.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Funny bits come along every now and then, and the co-stars work desperately hard for their salaries. But the spectacle is depressing for what it says of mainstream studio standards. Grinding on with dim humor and grim purpose, Get Hard gets ever harder to take.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Cohen had neither the chops nor the clout to prevent Get Hard from ending up, no doubt through the normal process of producer rewrites, focus groups, worried agents and weevil infestations, as a confused and contradictory mess. More to the point, it’s almost never funny, and full of elementary screenwriting blunders.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Get Hard isn’t edgy enough to be offensive or witty enough to be challenging. It’s just dumb.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It's an absolutely horrible, amateurishly assembled comedy that is more offensive than just about anything we've seen lately, a non-stop parade of racist, homophobic bile that would be bad enough from any comedian, but coming out of Ferrell and Hart has the effect of watching a childhood hero committing some horrible act.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Beyond a leper’s handful of jokes that actually connect, this might as well be Ferrell’s most abysmal piece of work since the disastrous "Land of the Lost."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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