The Kevin Hart formula from his equally-awful previous comedy, The Wedding Ringer, is repeated in GET HARD. Take a fast-talking, hip, urban African-American achiever determined to make a small business venture a success and pair him with a dorky, privileged white guy who's in trouble and needs a friend. They'll be best buddies by the end of the movie. If you can make it to the end of the movie, that is.
That was the first line in the movie that made me laugh. And it was Kevin Hart's frantic delivery and timing that made me laugh. One more thing -- that line came 43 minutes into this 95 minute movie. Get Hard is like an unfunny half-hour sitcom pilot that was stretched into an even unfunnier movie that runs a little over an hour and a half. The millionaire turns part of his property into a makeshift prison yard for more schooling from Darnell. He even uses compact Darnell as a barbell.
In Get Hard, Will Ferrell ain't got no drawers on at all. That's right. Even before the opening credits roll, you get two shots of his bare bottom, the bottom he doesn't want defiled in San Quentin.
Darnell really knows nothing about jail time. He's been a good citizen and a loving dad and husband while operating Hollywood Luxury Bubbles Car Wash. At first, he's offended by the the hedge fund manager's stereotypes of black men. But millionaire James will pay him. Darnell can use the money to put a down payment on a new house in a better neighborhood for the wife, their sweet little girl and himself.
Kevin Hart is talented. But I hope he doesn't wind up becoming the new Adam Sandler. This lame comedy must have taken one month to shoot and and one week to write. Or less. There is one performance in the movie that stands out. Rapper T.I. has got some solid acting chops. He plays Darnell's thug cousin in Crenshaw. His brief role has no comedy. He's serious and intimidating as he meets the goofy businessman who dressed like a rapper to see the cousin in Crenshaw. T.I. was very impressive.