'Get Hard' (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
(Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Tip T.I. Harris, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars!
Blu ray Verdict: James King (Ferrell) has it all - money, a beautiful fiancé (Alison Brie), and he's just been made partner in the investment firm started and run by his future father-in-law (Craig T. Nelson). He spares nothing on the finer things, including having his car detailed by Darnell Lewis (Hart), a man hoping to buy a new home for his family in a better neighborhood so that his little girl could attend a safer, more reputable school.
Out of the blue, James is arrested for fraud. Though encouraged by his boss/future father-in-law to take a plea bargain, James refuses, insisting that he's totally innocent. Sadly, he is not believed, and the judge, looking to send a message to white collar criminals, sentences him to 10 years hard labor in a maximum penitentiary. With 30 days to get his affairs in order, James decides he needs to learn how to survive prison and decides to get advice from the only black man he knows.
Outrageously funny, despite bordering on the offensive most of the way, "Get Hard" confirms the star-making talent shown by Kevin Hart in "The Wedding Ringer" and "Ride Along" as well as the consistently funny- film streak of Will Ferrell. Both are at the top of their game here, and their chemistry is quite obvious. What's refreshing is that both men are constantly entertaining and the script offers them scope to drive the film forward with a turbo thrust by feeding off each other's contrasting comic styles.
Watch out for the scenes where Hart gives a one-man performance of "Boys in the Hood" when cornered by his family to tell Ferrell the story of how he went to prison, or when he enacts three different stereotypical inmates to give Ferrell a low-down on prison life. For Ferrell, his best scene occurs when he's urged by Hart to pick a fight with three beefed-up men in a park as part of his prison training. You're guaranteed to laugh yourself hoarse at their antics in these scenes.
The script, co-written by director Cohen and Jay Martell along with Ian Roberts is constantly funny, even when it approaches the lines of race, homosexual, and other prejudicial stereotypes. Also, in spite of all the R-rated jokes and gags, there are some nice moments between Ferrell and Hart as well as Hart and his on-screen family. If you're looking for a rollicking laugh, "Get Hard" is the film to see! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Get Even Harder with Hilarious Deleted Scenes
Get Hard Line-O-Ramas
The Kevin Hart Workout
'Get Hard' Official Trailer