Let’s be honest, Will Ferrell is either funny or rotten. Old School, funny; The Producers, rotten; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, funny; Land of the Lost, dear lord that was awful … Elf, genius.
It’s clear that you never know what you are going to get. So when it was announced that Ferrell would be teaming with Kevin Hart for writer-turned-director Etan Cohen’s directorial debut, Get Hard, you had to have high hopes that FUNNY would be in cards, but fingers were nevertheless crossed.
With a box office haul of $87.8 million and reviews that savaged it for being too racial and too over-the-top for its gay bashing we can report that Ferrell, Hart and Cohen achieved exactly what they set out to do! And that is … make a very funny movie that goes out of its way to be offensive.
We can also report that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has targeted June 30 as the street for both DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of Get Hard … with the Blu-ray SKU featuring an “unrated” cut of the film.
Ferrell plays James King, a white bread financial whiz with a potential trophy bride (Alison Brie — as Trudy in the Mad Men comedy series) who suddenly finds himself being charged — and quickly convicted — of embezzling millions from a hedge fund that he’s been running with his future father-in-law (Craig T. Nelson).
With 30 days to get his affairs in order before heading off to a ten-year stint at San Quentin, he turns to a black entrepreneur named Darnell (Hart) who runs a car wash service — of which James is a customer — and because he is both black and washing cars James assumes that he must have a rap sheet. With an offer of cash for a quick course in prison survival, James enters into a deal with Darnell to get him “hard” … there’s just one problem, James is clean. But the cash, that’s too much to turn down.
Everything that follows spins off of this “misunderstanding.” Which is damn funny!!! Chalk up Get Hard in the funny Will Farrell column.
As to bonus goodies, which are exclusive to the Blu-ray SKU (with the sole exception of a gag reel), there are ten featurettes and deleted scenes.