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Get Hard

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for pervasive crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, and drug material.
Not recommended
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Primary Audience:
1 hr. 40 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 27, 2015 (wide—3,150+ theaters)
DVD: June 30, 2015
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Relevant Issues
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white collar crime—fraud


prisons and jailers in the Bible

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racial stereotypes

one-percenter assumptions about hard-working small business owner

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prison rape

homosexuality in prisons / What about Gays needs to change? Answer
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Featuring: Will FerrellJames King
Kevin HartDarnell Lewis
Alison Brie
Mariana Paola Vicente … Alissa's Friend #3
Matt Walsh
Dan Bakkedahl … Rick
T.I. … Russell
Divine Prince Ty Emmecca … Coffee House Patron
Taryn Terrell … Aryan Chic
Gary Owen
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Director: Etan Cohen
Producer: Gary Sanchez Productions
Warner Bros.
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to ‘get hard’ and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things—including each other.”

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

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Movie Critics
…it’s just a series of dead-end sketches… Things Will Ferrell Puts Up His Butt, Butt Rape, Shots of Will Ferrell’s Bare Butt and Satirical Comparisons of Violent and Nonviolent Crime Not Excluding Mentions of Balzac. …[1½/4]
Kyle Smith, New York Post
…ugly and distasteful and flat-out dumb, wasting the talents of its two leading men in the service of a crass, sophomoric waste that’s wholly too reliant on one-note prison-rape jokes (both verbal and visual) to “articulate” any sort of true provocation.
Paul Asay, Plugged In
… the pic is unimaginative… A passably silly but lowbrow buddy comedy… plenty of jokes about the many things men do, consensually and otherwise, in the slammer with their private parts…
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
…The highest praise I can give “Get Hard” is that it is not quite as awful as it could have been. …maybe you will be tickled by one of the hundreds of rape jokes that seem to be the movie’s main source of inspiration. I kind of hope not. …
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
…scattershot, funny-dumb satire… scores some zingers, but also blunders… sometimes veers perilously close to committing the very sins it aspires to criticize. The movie is drenched in gay panic. …[2/4]
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

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