I’m pretty sure that I’ve already seen Get Hard. The idea of a wealthy Wall street investor getting caught for shady business and then sentenced to jail with only a month to get his affairs in order while he trains his mind, body and anus to withstand the rigors of prison life, has been done before. And it has, in fact, in the Rob Schneider starring comedy flick Big Stan. Which was actually not bad at all.
Still, Get Hard has several ideas going for it that Big Stan didn’t have. Namely Will Ferrell’s prison coach played by Kevin Hart being about as gangster as a Cape Town banting bakery, and Will Ferrell attempting to be a master of inserting various organs into his mouth in the back of a bathroom stall.
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in 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. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.
Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
Get Hard also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson. It’ll be getting locked up on March 27.
Last Updated: March 3, 2015