Get Hard Blu-ray Review
I don’t pretend to have my finger on the pulse of race relations in America, so maybe I’m not the right person to ask if GET HARD is racist, but I think people may have missed the joke with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s new movie. James (Ferrell) is a caricature of the stereotypes minorities may have on affluent white America and his misguided beliefs and understandings are not racist or homophobic, they’re just stupid. So calling the film racist or homophobic is giving it way too much credit because it clearly doesn’t take itself seriously, so why should you?
James has everything he could possibly want; a hot fiancée, a great boss and a multi-million dollar salary at an investment firm. But when someone frames him for embezzlement, he gets sentenced to 10 years in prison. Terrified at the notion of going to prison, he enlists the help of his car washer, Darnell (Hart) to help him prepare for doing hard time. Darnell has no idea what prison is like, but he plays off James’ misguided assumptions and proceeds to put James through a prison boot camp.
James is another ridiculously funny and stupid character in a long line of ridiculously stupid and funny Will Ferrell characters. Everything is over the top with James, from his ignorance about his situation to his racist assumptions about every minority around him. He doesn’t dislike or hate African Americans, he just doesn’t know anything about them. So it’s hard to get mad at his character and that ignorance leads to some humorous situations. Plus, Will Ferrell plays it up and if you like any of his other comedies, there’s no reason to believe you won’t like him in GET HARD. For me, even in his lesser films, Will Ferrell delivers and makes me laugh. In GET HARD, he had plenty of material and had a good time with it.
I’m still not sure I find Kevin Hart funny, but I thought this was probably his best performance. Playing the straight man to Will Ferrell’s over the top characters can sometimes be challenging, but Hart managed to hang in there and provide plenty of laughs in his own right. He seemed very comfortable here and after doing several movies the last few years, he’s found his groove. It was nice to see him keep his penchant for yelling his lines in check. The rest of the supporting cast make up mostly throwaway roles, but Alison Brie gave a nice turn as the gold-digging fiancée.
GET HARD had several laugh out loud moments, but it all boils down to how sensitive you are to racial and homosexual related humor. Almost all of the jokes are around James’s racist assumptions about African Americans or his fear of getting raped in prison. So if you think either of those subjects are going to anger you or hurt your feelings, GET HARD probably isn’t for you. But if you take it for what it is, a silly comedy, you will probably have a good time with it.
Video: GET HARD is another quality Blu-ray from Warner Bros.
Audio: The audio was fine.
Deleted Scenes (25:03): A plethora of deleted scenes are included and some of these are actually funny, while others would have just dragged the movie down. If you liked the movie, give these a look.
Gag Reel (2:57): With two naturally funny comedians, it’s easy to see how they were constantly cracking up on set.
Featurettes (29:11): I lumped all of these together because there are 9 different features, all of which are less than 6 minutes long. Some of them are closer to deleted scenes than featurettes and others are closer to being outtakes. There’s nothing that sticks out, but if you thought Hart and Ferrell were funny together, I’d say you’ll enjoy more of them being funny.