R rated


When millionaire stockbroker, James King, played by Will Ferrell is convicted of fraud, Darnell Lewis played by Kevin Hart, has thirty days to prepare him for life in San Quentin. King is desperate to toughen up because he’s afraid that he is going to be raped in jail.

Alison Brie performs the role of Alissa, King’s fiancé and Craig T. Nelson plays her father and King’s boss.

GET HARD is the least politically correct movie I have seen in a long time. In fact, it may be the least politically correct film I have ever seen. It is all about stereotypes: racial, sexual, and homosexual just to name a few. The language is really very raw. The “F” bomb is liberally sprinkled throughout the film. There is lots of nudity. I haven’t been mooned this much since college.

The audience seemed to like this movie. They laughed in all the right places and laughed a lot. If you are a Will Ferrell fan and/or a Kevin Hart fan then this is the movie for you. Personally, I think they are normally funnier than they are in GET HARD.

GET HARD is not a film that I particularly enjoyed although I did find myself laughing in places but, I got tired of all of the rape and racial jokes. At first, they were funny but after 30 minutes into the movie, they got very old. GET HARD is a movie that can only be shown on the premium channels. If they cut out the bad language and nudity, the movie would only be three minutes long.

The screenplay was written by Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and Etan Cohen while the story was by Jay Martel, Ian Roberts and Adam McKay. When there are that many writers on a screenplay, it usually means there are problems with the script. I thought the story was a little stronger than the screenplay. .Etan Cohen directed the film.

I polled audience members as I was leaving Ronnie’s theatre where the movie was screened; most really liked the film so I was in the minority. One woman told me that, “We spent the afternoon at a funeral and I just needed to laugh.” So, if you go to a funeral and need a laugh you may want to catch GET HARD.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at