Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Is it worth a Redbox: Get Hard
In our continuing series of looking at movies to see if they are worth your $1.50 at Redbox, we review the movie, Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Now I am not the biggest fan of either of these comedians. I think Will Ferrel is essentially a one trick magician who keeps fooling people with the exact same trick over and over and people keep falling for it. Sometimes it works for me- I am a huge fan of Elf, Talladega Nights, and Step-Brothers. But most of the other stuff that he stars in, I skip entirely and never quite understand why people are on his jock so hard.
Kevin Hart- I think he is a funny stand up comedian, but he is not worthy of the crown that has been bestowed upon him as Funniest Black Man on the Planet. That is a crown that has been worn by Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle.... Nothing Kevin Hart has done or will do will ever meet those comedians high expectations. He is really just the "best" of a bunch of mediocre comedians out there now. And his movies tend to fall flat to me. But that's just me!
So putting these two cats together and making a movie was not high on my list of movies to see. BUT I actually enjoyed the hell out of this movie. Look, its really Will Ferrel doing Will Ferrell things and Kevin Hart being Kevin Hart, but its actually funny and works for the most part. The premise is simple: Will Ferrell's character is framed for insider trading by his soon to be father in law and is sentenced to prison. He hires Kevin Hart to get him "ready" for prison because he assumed that Kevin Hart had been in prison before because he is Black. Many tired racial tropes are presented, but overall, the movie is very funny! I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would!
So is it worth a Redbox- YES! Definitely a good Redbox rental if you are looking to turn your brain off and get a good laugh!