So, Get Hard is about a Jordan Belfort kind of salesman named James King played by Will Ferrell who out of the blue on his wife's birthday is charged with fraud and is sentenced to ten years in a maximum security jail and he has a month to prepare for it. If that doesn't make sense, he has a tracker on his leg that sets off an alarm if he takes it off. Convinced he's f'ed, he goes to his local car washer Darnell Lewis, and says he'll pay him to coach him since, well, he's dark skinned, he has to have had a criminal record.
So, suffice to say, I'm not a very big Will Ferrell fan. I loved him in Elf, but from the other movies I've seen, he seems to play the same flawed, eccentric, on-drugs kind of guy. He played Lord Business in The Lego Movie, and I found his character just as annoying and preachy, aa Taco Tuesday whatever. There have been moments in the past where he has made me laugh though. And there are I admit some funny moments in this movie such as this exercise that leads to a dart in the head and there were parts that I didn't see coming. Oh, and I liked Kevin Hart in this movie, he understands this material. However, I felt everything else, from most of the humour to the characters to the attitude of the movie too predictable, too been-there-done-that atmosphered, and too racist even though I went into the movie expecting it to have the opposite effect.
There is also too long a running time when the story is all about King getting set up for prison when it doesn't focus on the actual set up, and by the time it decides to do this, it seems too late in to just switch direction.
There are a lot of racists in the world who assume wrongs just from their race and I'm honestly tired of hearing about it from the news. And too often the movie feels like it understands that but agrees that's the way people should act or something. Also, Alison Brie as King's wife makes her predictably the selfish one. I have nothing against Alison Brie; she's beautiful, it's just, the way her character is displayed, she's predictably the back stabber. And in the story as to who set up King; from the characters we are introduced to, it's crazy obvious. There might be a good movie possible within this, but from all the tiresome Will Ferrell Jokes and the unbearable racial profiling this movie displays (it gets Darnell's little girl to swear on the phone for trickery), I just found myself sad.