Get Hard (2015)

Get_Hard_film_posterName:  Get Hard (2015)

Genre:  Comedy, Crime

Rating:  6.1 Stars (6.1 / 10)

Length: 1h 40min

Release Date: 27 March 2015 (USA)

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When millionaire James King is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.

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James King (Will Ferrell) is an extremely wealthy hedge fund manager of Barrow Funds run by Martin Barrow (Craig T. Nelson). He is engaged to his gorgeous gold-digging fiancée Alissa (Alison Brie) who is Martin’s daughter. His car washer, Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), and his wife, Rita (Edwina Findley), are trying to put their daughter Makayla (Ariana Neal) in a better school away from the bad neighborhood they live in. Darnell meets James when he accidentally frightens James in the parking lot. James makes a speech about how he got to his success, and to inspire Darnell to go for his. He pulls out a big wad of cash, only to give two singles as a “tip” for Darnell.

 

Alissa hosts an engagement party for herself and James. She gives him an electric guitar as a gift, and invites John Mayer onstage to perform. James performs alongside Mayer momentarily until the FBI storm in and arrest James for fraud and embezzlement. James’ lawyer Peter Penny (Greg Germann) urges James to go for a guilty plea, but he refuses and insists that he will be exonerated. Instead, everybody that lost money in the embezzlement scheme is out for James’s head. Upon James being found guilty, the judge (Elliott Grey) sentences James to ten years at San Quentin State Prison, with only 30 days to get his affairs in order. His assets are frozen and he is placed under house arrest. James cuts off his ankle monitor and tries to flee the country. He drives to a country club to get Alissa to go with him, but she says she has left him and decided to move on after it was discovered he wasn’t innocent. The police then show up and re-arrest James, who asks his boss Martin for help.

 

James encounters Darnell once more in the parking lot, expressing his fears over going to prison. He asks Darnell how he managed in prison, simply assuming he was incarcerated because he is black. James then begs Darnell to teach him how to toughen up if he wants to survive in prison. Darnell demands payment in the form of $30,000, which James agrees to.

 

Darnell, who has little idea of how to act tough himself, tries to put on a facade of his own. To start his “training”, Darnell pepper-sprays James upon arriving to his home. He tries to get James ready for prison by intimidating with his “mad dog” face (James can only “sad dog” it), creating scenarios in which he must defend himself, and picking fights at the park (only for James to be beaten multiple times). James gets in touch with Martin and says he’s getting help. Martin, who is the actual crook, thinks James is onto him and orders Peter and a hired gun named Gayle (Paul-Ben Victor) to take care of business.

 

With little time left and even less improvement, Darnell figures that James has to learn how to perform oral sex in prison. They go to a gay hook-up spot for James to find a man to give fellatio to, but he can’t go through with it and tells Darnell (in front of the other curious and interested gay men) that he will keep going and do whatever it takes to “get hard.” James starts to work out harder and faster, makes shivs, and learns “keistering” – smuggling contraband in the anus. Darnell simulates a prison raid with help from James’ personal workers acting as inmates. In the chaos, James gets a shiv stuck in his head. Darnell drives James to his home for Rita to get the shiv out. He has dinner and listens to Darnell make up a story of how he went to prison (which is just a retelling of Boyz n the Hood). After James leaves, Makayla and Rita say they don’t think James did it and that Darnell needs to do something that will really help him.