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By Autumn McLeod
Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell’s comedy film “Get Hard” premiered in theaters on March 27th. The duo showed no signs of any censoring as the raunchy comments piled up.
Placing two well known comedians in a film that addresses serious issues such as the racial profiling of African Americans added lightness to a controversy that continues to create tensions in America.
The movie shows two completely different lives which involve the CEO of a hedge fund company named James King played by Will Ferrell and a blue collar manager of a car wash named Darnell Lewis played by Kevin Hart. James gets sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit and his only solution is to find someone to teach him how to survive in jail. Ferrell’s character immediately assumes Darnell has been to jail because he is black and offers to pay Darnell to teach him how to “Get Hard.”
Darnell eagerly accepts in exchange for $30,000. The problem is, Darnell has the cleanest record anyone has ever seen. The man doesn’t even have a parking ticket.
Darnell literally turns James’ mansion into his own prison cell and it gets brutal for James. His prison drills included intense workouts, simulations involving prison riots, fighting people twice his size and my favorite which was learning how to keister weapons in a very uncomfortable place. If you don’t know what keistering means, just know it involves hiding objects such as weapons in one’s buttocks. Talk about an unpleasant sight!
The movie shows how lies can catch up to a person but the bromance that occurs between these two is adorable.
Director of “Get Hard” Etan Cohen has also done movies such as “Men in Black 3,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and others.
Although “Get Hard” is pure comedy, Cohen does manage to show how racial discrimination does exist in today’s society. From the moment Darnell tapped on James’s window to hand him his car key, James almost had a heart attack thinking Darnell was going to rob him. James even stated how according to statistics, Darnell should “already be in jail.”
However, the film does manage to show how two races can come together and get along no matter what their skin color is and the importance of not judging someone by their appearance.
I was worried at first that putting two comedians together would be an overdose as each actor would try to “out funny” the other, and yes that term was just made up. However, the film was balanced by Hart’s character being the more serious person of the two while Ferrell played the goof ball who was very smart when it came to business but very dumb when it came to real life.
Rapper T.I played Darnell’s cousin who actually was imprisoned and knew how prison worked. Darnell used his cousin to provide protection for James inside prison, but James finally grew a pair and fought for his right to freedom. Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are a duo that were made for each other.