Why Get Hard Isn't as Bad (or Offensive) as I Thought It Would Be

March 26, 2015 9:34 PM

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Before I saw Get Hard, I had quite the first impression built up in my mind. For starters, I had seen the trailers featuring Will Ferrell in all of his Lil Wayne-ian glory, getting lessons in prison rape from Kevin Hart, distasteful hand motions and gay jokes included. I'd read about the disastrous SXSW premiere, in which an audience member said, during a post-screening Q&A with director Etan Cohen, "This film seems racist as f--k."

I'd also seen all of Hart's recent movies—The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night—each one more disappointing than the last. I'd become used to expecting cheap gag jokes, tired tropes and totally predictable plot lines that leave Hart to do all the work, which results in him (very...

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