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'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.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Review By David E. – A Dude’s-Eye View


When the announcement was made a few years ago that there would be a new series of Spiderman movies, I was asking the same questions as everyone else. “Isn’t it it a little soon to give Spidey a reboot?“, “Who was asking for one anyway” and “Why the hell should I care about it?“. So when the first installment was released to less than positive reviews, my immediate thought was “Oh well, that’s that. They tried, can we move on now“, but what I didn’t know at the time was that despite the overwhelming sub-par reviews of The Amazing Spiderman, the movie would go on to make almost three quarters of a billion (with a “B”) dollars worldwide. Sooooo yeah, making the next installment was a no-brainer for the suits in Sony’s marketing department.

Despite the first installment’s overall failing trailers, for TASM2 did manage to pique my interests and gave me hope that this time around director Marc Webb would get it right.



This movie takes place presumably a few months after the end of the first one. Oscorp is in full spin control mode after one of it’s scientists, Dr. Curt Connors, tried to turn a large section of New York City’s population into lizard people. Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) are blissfully in love and dating despite Gwen’s dead father’s last request that Peter keep her out of harms way and not date her. As a result of breaking his promise to Gwen’s dad, Peter sees manifestations of the fallen police officer on a regular basis and finally caves in to his conscience and breaks up with Gwen right after the pair graduate from high school. Spiderman’s popularity continues to rise as he cleans the streets of New York foiling, capturing and humiliating any and all who would commit a crime in his fair city.


At one point early on in the movie, Spidey rescues a very nerdy introverted Oscorp technician named Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) from being run over in a traffic accident. Turns out Max is obsessed with Spiderman, viewing him as his best friend the only one who sees him for who he truly is. Unfortunately for Spidey, when Max falls several hundred feet into a tank of mutated super-electric eels that turns him into Electro, a being that can conduct and control outrageous amounts of electricity.  Electro now becomes fixated on destroying his one time idol (yeah, I know, just roll with it it’s a comic book movie).


In the meantime, Peter’s childhood friend from boarding school Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) has returned from traveling abroad to takeover Oscorp, but learns from his dying father that he is fated with the same crippling disease that will soon take his life. Harry learns that the one thing that could possibly cure him is venom from the genetically mutated spiders that Dr. Connors and Peter’s father Richard were working on, at Oscorp but these spiders were destroyed as part of an effort to prove that Oscorp is serious about righting the wrongs Dr. Connors perpetrated against the city. Harry concludes that the next best thing then is to get some blood from the person who clearly benefited from the spiders creation, Spiderman.

As you can read already there’s a shit-ton of stuff going on in this film, and I firmly believe that had the scope of this movie been narrowed just a bit, it could have been great–and by “great”, I mean Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 2great. The heart of this movie much like the first one are the relationships of the core characters. This is where Marc Webb’s relationship expertise (i.e. 500 days of Summer) comes in and shines. The chemistry between Garfield and Stone is (no pun intended) amazing, and the story gives you plenty of time with them. Their scenes will push your emotions all over the place and ultimately are the backbone (pun intended, you’ll see) of the film. DeHaan’s portrayal of Harry Osborn will make you immediately forget that other guy who portrayed him in the Sam Raimi trilogy, but sadly, you’re only given two scenes with him and Peter together.

In my opinion had they cut out the Electro plot-line all together and given that screen time to Peter and Harry this movie (especially the ending) would have had much more weight.



Speaking of Electro, while I love Jamie Foxx, his character is nothing more than a bad version of Jim Carrey’s Riddler, and an excuse for some impressive but ultimately superfluous CG action sequences. The supporting cast of this movie does fine, but the scene with Sally Field and Andrew Garfield is gut-wrenching and wonderful to watch.

Another highlight of the film is the damn-near seamless CG. There is a Spidey swinging sequence towards the opening of the film that for a second convinced me that someone was actually swinging around the city with a GoPro attached to them. It was “Impressive, most impressive”. The Electro/Spidey battles were equally impressive, but when it came to close quarters combat with Harry (at no time is he referred to as The Green Goblin) the seams showed a little bit, but didn’t distract too much from the action.

The only thing left to comment on is the ginormous spoiler that takes place towards the end of the movie. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that I was surprised to see it and glad it was there showing us even more of Marc Webb’s emotional touch.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a LOT of problems, but the performance of the core characters makes up for them and provides you with a very entertaining film that’s swings miles ahead of its first effort.

Go out, see it with confidence and enjoy.

‘Gravity’ Starring Sandra Bullock Amazes And Breaks October Box Office Record! – Review By David E.



Do you have a movie shame list? You know, a list of movies that despite all the good things you’ve heard and or read about them you just haven’t gotten around to watching? Well, up until last week a 2006 movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron called “Children of Men” was pretty high up on that list for me but after seeing the 50,000th TV ad for “Gravity” also directed by Cuaron, I decided to finally sit down and watch it as kind of a primer. Now I know, this is a review for Gravity not Children of Men, but I gotta say I was an idiot to have not seen it sooner. If you haven’t seen it yet,  do so ASAP! With that said, my expectations for Gravity going in were pretty high.




The movie takes place presumably in the present day where miles above the earth a space shuttle crew works to make repairs to the Hubbell telescope. The repair mission is abruptly cut short when they receive news from mission control that debris from a destroyed Russian satellite is heading their way. Mission specialist Matt Kawolski (George Clooney) and the software engineer (Sandra Bullock) are not able to return to the ship before the debris arrives and as a result find themselves adrift in space with no help in sight.


Director Alfonso Cuaron with Bullock and Clooney onset.
Director Alfonso Cuaron with Bullock and Clooney onset.

First off, this movie’s sound and visuals make the film immersive and just flat out gorgeous! The visuals of space and more importantly, earth are breathtaking, and Cuaron masterfully uses sound flipping back and forth from the noisy commotion aboard the shuttle and inside the crews helmets, to the deep silence that is the vacuum of space. I saw this movie in 3D which intensifies the experience and couldn’t imagine seeing it any other way–considering that the majority of this movie takes place in zero gravity.


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Clooney, as the always calm happy go lucky veteran astronaut is nothing really new here, but when you contrast it with Bullock’s performance as the inexperienced over her head panicked engineer the movie sucks you in and doesn’t let go save for a couple of down moments that let you catch your breath. The movie only has four people in it and two whom we never see (Ed Harris as the voice of mission control and Phaldut Sharma as the third part of the Hubbell repair team) so Clooney and Bullock do all the heavy lifting with the lion’s share of that going to Bullock. I’ve never really been a fan of Sandra Bullock and I don’t think she deserved the Oscar for her role in The Blind Side, but her performance in this movie is outstanding and if she’s not nominated for an Oscar I’d be shocked. The only negative I can find with this film is that towards the end this movie seems to try really hard with its soundtrack to wring out every bit of emotion possible , which I found unnecessary since this movie had me emotionally involved almost from its beginning.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who ran to the theater to see this film, via Variety:

In a record-setting debut, Warner Bros.’ 3D space epic “Gravity” scored a starry estimated $55.6 million, of which mega-screen exhibImax — a significant partner on the film, considering the push the studio gave helmer Alfonso Cuaron’s cutting-edge filmmaking — contributed $11.2 million domestically. Both totals were records for October.

…Internationally, “Gravity” estimated $27.4 million from 27 markets, including Russia, which led with $8.1 million, followed by Germany and Australia, each contributing north of $3 million.

The overall three-day domestic gross for “Gravity,” boosted by a whopping 80% from 3D, eclipsed the month’s previous record holder, “Paranormal Acitvity 3,” which earned $52.6 million in 2011. (Interestingly, the 3D share was less overseas, at 70%.)

Overall, Gravity is a near flawless movie that must be seen. See it in 3D. See it in IMAX if it’s available to you. GO SEE IT AND BE AMAZED.