Idiocracy (2006) and Tropic Thunder (2008), it's disappointing to see debutant director Etan Cohen deliver a film which relies so heavily on lazy stereotypes.
For all the broad gags, the leads do at least have chemistry. The two contrasting on screen personas make for fast-paced back and forths when the pair are allowed to improvise, making the simpler interactions some of the funnier moments of the film. However, scattershot slapstick is never far away - Ferrell's gang initiation has all the awkward echoes of a street slang spewing Steve Martin in Bringing Down the House (2003), while Hart playing a fast talking schemer is a role we have seen many times before, especially present during the film's finale (which feels as laboured and clichéd as the previous ninety minutes). Reliable comedy actors such as Alison Brie (playing King's power obsessed wife) are given brief moments, but only add to the sense of what might have been. Asking little of its stars, and even less of any watching audience, Get Hard is a familiar studio comedy that barely succeeds in its attempt to drown out a thin plot with jokes that will appeal to people who have seen a lot of the actors' previous films. Perhaps the offensive thing about it is that we've seen this all before.
James Luxford | @JLFilm
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