The Unbearable Softness of Get Hard

March 27, 2015 11:31 AM

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The Unbearable Softness of Get Hard

It’s a transformation that’s been underway for some time, but I think we can now say it’s official: Will Ferrell has gone from being this generation’s John Belushi to being this generation’s Dan Ackroyd. I mean this not in terms of talent (though the case could perhaps be made) or even style, but rather in terms of the roles toward which he's gravitating.

Ferrell, 47, is now less likely to play a primal agent of chaos than a clueless, middle-aged white man upon whom chaos is unleashed. Out with Buddy the Elf and Frank the Tank and the legendary Ricky Bobby. In with IRS agent Harold Crick (Stranger Than Fiction), forensic accountant Allen Gamble (The ...

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