'Get Hard' Review - Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart

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With the returns for its opening weekend tallied up Warner Brothers can let out a big sigh of relief. The Ferrell/Hart team up brought in a respectable 34 million dollars coming in 2nd place to Dreamworks  Home at the box office. When you take into account that both actors had previously planted their movie comedy flags firmly in PG-13 territory pairing them together for a movie that effortlessly earns a hard R rating was a pretty risky endeavor, but fortunately for us it was a risk they decided to take and we reaped the rewards with a very funny movie…well mostly.


Get Hard centers on Will Ferrell’s character James King, a millionaire investment broker who is on the verge of having all his of 1% dreams come true. He’s engaged to super hottie socialite Alissa played by Alison Brie and her father Martin played by Craig T.  Nelson is the head of the investment firm he works at and tells King that all his hard work has paid off and he’s made partner. King is oblivious to the well-being or dignity of his servant staff at home or the underlings who shamelessly lick his boots at work and as a result the idea that everyone hates him is totally nonexistent.

It’s a blissful life of privileged ignorance until the FBI shows up at his engagement party and arrests him for investment fraud. Instead of taking the year in jail slap on the wrists that his father’s lawyer recommends, King being convinced of his innocence mistakenly puts his faith in a legal system that’s more than eager to crucify a member of the super-rich and is sentenced to the ten year maximum for his alleged crime. In doing so the judge gives King thirty days to get his affairs in order before he’s taken to prison.


Faced with the prospect of getting sexually violated for a decade in prison King offers to pay the manager of his office building car detaile, Darnell Lewis played by Kevin Hart to toughen him up and prepare him for prison life. Contrary to Kings profiling though, Darnell has never been to prison or even been arrested but accepts Kings offer with the thought of using the money to buy his family a home in a low crime area and expand his car detail business. And so with 30 days until King goes to jail prison school is in session.


Here’s a big shock, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart dominate this movie. Its secondary characters have almost nothing to do but the chemistry between the leads is more than good enough to cover this up. Other than a humorous intro to Alison Brie’s character in the very beginning of the movie and T.I.’s over eager performance in the middle just about all the humor in this movie happens when either Hart or Ferrell are on screen which is a great thing considering that either one or both of them are on screen for the majority of the film.


In Get Hard Ferrell and Hart are basically pulling their performances from other characters in their previous films. Ferrell is the naïve yet talented clueless simpleton that you’ve laughed at in movies like Talladega Nights and Anchorman while Hart is the loud and overreacting sidekick you’ve seen in the likes of  Ride Along and the Think Like a Man films. And it totally works. There were no extended periods of time where I wasnt laughing at something happening or what someone said on screen which for an hour and forty minute run time is a massive accomplishment.

All that being said I will address the one glaring negative in this film. The homophobia here registers in at about a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. Yes, this movie is about someone who does NOT want to go to prison and get raped so to think that the low hanging “Gay Panic” humor would not be here is stupid but a significant portion of the jokes in this movie center around either the fear of dicks or the emasculating consequences of encountering them.

I saw this movie on a Saturday afternoon matinee in a theater that was about three quarters full and from watching the responses of the people around me no one seemed to have a problem with it but IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE to repeated expressions of homophobia then this movie is DEFINITELY NOT FOR YOU. Setting that aside was not too difficult for me but I don’t think there is any way you could watch this movie objectively and not leave the theater noticing it. If you don’t have a problem setting that aside either then you are in for a movie that delivers almost non-stop laughs from start to finish.

Song Of The Day: Kendrick Lamar ‘I’


Since you’re probably in need of a good pick me up on a dreary Tuesday. Kendrick Lamar released the official video for “I” last week, and even if you’re still not really feeling the song, the video will definitely make you want to dance.


Kendrick travels through Los Angeles, getting hype at a couple of a parties, sitting down to have his hair twisted and even pulling a Joker in the backseat of a car. He also runs into Ronald Isley along the way, the song heavily samples The Isley Brothers‘ “That Lady.” In a recent radio interview with Houston’s 93.7 The Beat, Lamar said that the song came from a place of depression and insecurity. Maybe the feel-good, energetic clip will get fans to reconsider the song, which is pretty great.

His next single is rumored to be called “King Kunta,” and we could hear his next album at the tail end of this year, or early next near. So, what do you think of the video?

It’s All Good – Sexual Fantasies: A Playground for Your Pleasure




For my second column I was going to start delving into specific topics but then this article passed through my social media feed, “When It Comes to Sexual Fantasies, What’s Normal?”


Hmmm…normal, really, that’s the word we want to use there?


Since this touches on a number of topics I may cover as we go, I decided to address this right up front. So what is “normal” when it comes to sexual fantasies?



Anything. Seriously, anything. I said everything was okay as long as you were comfortable with it, right? Well, in fantasy you can go even further and play with things you may well not be comfortable with in real life. Which is the important thing to focus on in this study, no matter how poorly worded it is. If you think the things that get you aroused are odd or weird or perverse, you just need to remember you’re not the only one who likes them; just because you like to watch things or read things that seem out of the ordinary, it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you.


Fantasy is a safe zone. It can take you away to a different place where you feel safer and bolder than you are in real life. It can let you investigate things that intrigue you but that you would find too intimidating to try. Fantasies of dominance, submission, bondage and discipline are far more common than you think. It may mean this is something that speaks to a deeper part of you, but that part may be well served by reading a hot erotic novel or some fanfic and then letting your partner reap the benefits of your fantasies without ever having to indulge them.


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It may also be a way to dip your toe in the water of something that secretly excites you but scares the living hell out of you too. A way of pushing your own boundaries safely, without external pressures. If there is one thing I keep coming back to it’s that your sexuality should always be under your control, even if you’re relinquishing it by choice.


So if sex is how adults play, fantasy is the indoor playground you visit on rainy days. A place to try something different on for size. You may find you like it or you may find you hate it, but because it’s all within the realm of your own mind, there is never any harm done.


So go play, it’s good for you.