The Fun Adventurous Side Of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Poster

 

Animated films offer the opportunity for imagination to really come to life.  As they bring CGI and other animation tactics to the table, the stories that follow have a big job of trying to make a film that is entertaining to all ages without dipping down one end over the other.  While there are many animated studios out there ready to give it a shot, not every studio finds a way to achieve those goals, becoming a cash grab instead of a quality adventure.  This week, an early showing of the The Secret Life Of Pets 2 came to screen and I had my suspicions that this sequel might have been just that.  Robbie K back with another review, checking out Illumination Studios’ latest work.  Let’s get started:

 

Movie: The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019)

 

Directors:

Chris RenaudJonathan del Val (co-director)

Writer:

Brian Lynch

Stars:

Patton OswaltKevin HartHarrison Ford

 

 

LIKES:

  • Voice Acting
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Pacing
  • Adventurous Stories
  • Emotional Moments

 

 

DISLIKES:

  • Predictable
  • Short Run Time
  • Not Quite Original
  • More Impasses/Character Development
  • Under Utilized Characters

 

People who like these may like this movie:

 

Secret Life Of Pets 1

Sing

Ferdinand

Homeward Bound

A Dog’s Purpose

 

Summary:

Animated films often require good voice acting to bring the characters to life, and this series’ cast succeeds in bringing the plot to full life.  Hart and Haddish bring their chemistry back to life in the form of Snowball and Daisy, their wild, sarcastic sass coming out beautifully in animated form.  Oswalt’s addition managed to bring Max to the same level as last time, fun and familiar friendliness.  As for the others again they get the job done when utilized to make the same craziness that the first movie used long ago.  Animation wise, it is the same caricature like style that Illumination loves to use, with grandiose character flaws and elongated, angular faces that make up their characters.  As for the pets, they still have that anthropomorphized component that is so sweet to look at, each having some quality to represent the voice actors that play them.  While those components are nice, the thing I enjoyed more about this installment was the pacing of the movie.  Utilizing the adventurous story and splitting it into three separate segments helped keep things dynamic, moving, and fun,  and avoiding those slow parts the first movie had.  It’s this theme that kept me entertained and seeing each subplot having its own time to play out, all the while giving the characters their focused time. Eventually all of these moments tie together, bringing the surprisingly emotional side of the film the conclusion that fit well in the theme of fun and love of pets.   It definitely should strike chords with a few audience members, especially those with ties to pets.

Yet, the movie still suffers from some things that do bring some limitations for this reviewer.  For one thing, the movie is still predictable and pulled no surprises in terms of story presentation.  Illumination’s focus on kid friendly films seems to divert from the options that will shock and amaze, due to the potential of being too sad.  As such, the tale’s originality and magic don’t quite live up to the potential that Disney has made famous in their plethora of tales.  It’s cute don’t get me wrong, and does have some heart pulling moments, but these are only scratching the surface that bigger studios do better.  Also taking away from the tale is the short run time.  Around 80 minutes long, the movie has a lot to cram in the short time, leading to very quick dives into the fun portions of the movie.  However, this is also the undoing as the movie’s quick pace leaves little time for impasses, obstacles, and challenges to help give significant character development.  In addition, the movie could have focused a little more on some of the gimmicks they were promoting if given more time. While the characters are fun, they don’t have that full dynamic and emotional range that other animated characters hold.  Given that animals somehow are more emotional than humans, it would have been nice to see more of this come out, but again, this might have not fit in with the fun slapstick and writing that was built for the audience.  Fan favorites from last installment may also find it disappointing to find their characters left in the kennel, particularly those who liked Pops, Mel, the Dachshund, and the Falcon as they have little outside of comedy stunts. Perhaps more time and planning could have done a bit better in adjusting these characters to have the full punch in each story.

  It’s no Secret this movie will do well when it opens because of the intended audience.  It’s cute, funny for many ages, and has that colorful animation to keep attention on them. I myself enjoyed this one better than the original due to the pacing and adventurous side of things, but I still was hoping for a little more balance and originality than what they put in.  It is not the best animated in terms of pushing the limits of imagination, but it does its job and I’d say to come hit this up in theaters when you can.  Otherwise, check it out later when it comes to home entertainment.

 

My scores are:

Animation/Adventure/Comedy: 8.0

Movie Overall: 7.0

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Need An Upper For This January

The Upside Poster

 

Remakes they come and they come again because of the work being laid out for them.  Not going down that road, my last review of the week is yet another remake of a true story that hopes to ring its own bell in the world of comedy and drama with a modern flare.  Welcome to another Robbie’s Movie Reviews and today we hit the film:

 

Movie: The Upside (2018 wide release date)

 

Director:

Neil Burger

Writers:

Jon Hartmere (screenplay by), Éric Toledano (based on the motion picture “Les Intouchables” by)

Stars:

Kevin HartBryan CranstonNicole Kidman

 

 

LIKES:

Acting Chemistry

Comedy

Balance of Comedy

Pace

Energy

The Cars

 

SUMMARY:

 

The Upside is a remake that really mirrors the predecessor, but brings the modern spin on it.  Where the first installment was a little more artistic in the telling of the sad story, this remake has more energy and pacing to its approach.  The Upside takes a sadder story and brings with it a fun adventure that tries to fight the darkness for much of the film. It reminded me of the presentation from the Bucket List and given some of the trips and cars that atmosphere adds to some of the entertainment value.

Yet the stars of the show really come in the comedy direction and the actors who bring it out.  The Upside’s comedy is not the usual Hart hat of tricks, which is usually yelling fanatically and shoving one-liners down your throat.  Instead, the Upside focuses on putting the comedy into the story, preferring to time simple comedy antics and add a realistic conversational tone to it.  The result, is a grounded comedy scheme that keeps things entertaining, all while keeping the film going.  To make the jokes sparkle, the two leading actors bring their talents to the front, mixing their styles together in an acting favorable mixture that is the solid pillar of this film.  Cranston’s sarcasm and character focused approach works for this title, bringing dryer humor and some story to keep the film running.  Hart on the other hand has really dropped to a more serious role, mixing his usual edgy delivery with a laxer approach.  The two play-off of each other really well, building that buddy relationship that is always fun to join in on the adventure.  It’s the heart and soul of the movie, and fans of these two will probably enjoy this dynamic like I did.

 

DISLIKES:

Story components

Missing the Adventure component

Secondary Character Use

Editing

 

SUMMARY:

 

Ironically, the thing this movie has trouble living up to, is the storytelling aspect for me.  Don’t get me wrong, the movie has a solid story in terms of the buddy/buddy relationship of the film, but it doesn’t quite maximize the potential of it or the backstory components.  Some side stories about both characters histories are included for completion sake and give you the info you need, yet the film lacks the facing the impasses and trying to grow.  As such, much of the problems are sort of swept under the rug in a solution like manner. Perhaps you are thinking the fun of the movie will offset it, and at times it does, but the Upside does not quite get to the same levels as the Bucket List for Me.  The adventure is gone out of it for me, and while still entertaining, could have been maximized to offset the lackluster story elements.

In regards to the secondary character development… it is okay.  Nicole Kidman was a plus, not quite fully utilized, but included enough to not overshadow the central characters, yet again not fully utilized when her backstory and involvement started to get into the mix.  Hart’s family characters, the rival, even the other supportive members of Phil’s team were not as inclusive as I think they could have been.  The result as you are hearing is again, the attempts at telling an all-inclusive story, but not quite delving into the details like they wanted.

As such, the main thing I had an issue with in the movie, was the editing/direction not quite coming together the way I expected from the trailer.  It’s not awful at all, but I think this production had a little trouble figuring out what direction it wanted to take the movie into.  Enough inclusion to give you the story, but not enough to reach the full potential it’s European cousin was able to tell years ago.  Still, it is a fun adventure to say the least.

 

 

The VERDICT:

 

Truth be told, I enjoyed the Upside and felt that I get a little something in each of the categories.  It’s funny, with great acting chemistry and energy to offset the sadness of the situation that the trailers painted.  Yet, the buddy comedy we might have expected is not going to be to the full effect for most and the story elements could have used some bulking up to reach the expected magnitude I think it really wanted to go far.  All in all though, this remake is certainly something to check out when you can, but I can’t quite say it was the movie theater visit of the month (though it was the best of the four this week).  As such, here are my scores:

 

Comedy/Drama:  7.0

Movie Overall:  6.0

Hart Tries To HadDISH out some laughs

Night School Poster

 

Robbie K back with a second review of the evening, this time focusing on Kevin Hart’s latest production of an adventure we’ve kind of seen in the past.  Yes, in the world of comedy, Hart’s movie may seem like generic pieces, but you never know what surprises are going to be in store from the little man with the big personality.  So let’s get back in the theater and take a look at if school is really in session as we review:

 

Movie:  Night School (2018)

 

Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

Writers:

Kevin HartHarry Ratchford

Stars:

Tiffany HaddishKevin HartBrooke Butler

 

 

 

LIKES:

 

Good Chemistry: Acting is exactly what you expect from Hart’s films, ridiculous, funny, and over the top.  Yet somehow, this ragtag group of high school dropouts works well together to craft an impromptu family that is entertaining to say the least. Between the two leads though, well that’s where the magic really occurs.  Haddish is very brash, crude, and still as wild as ever in her delivery of dialogue.  Hart on the other hand rambles like he always does, wavering his voice to levels while once again acting like a bozo unable to have a serious conversation.  The dynamic between the two is top tier though, one part a peeing contest to see who is smarter than whom, and one-part teacher-student level that brings that emotionally satisfying side these films can bring.  Nevertheless, the chemistry between the actors works super well.

 

Funny:  With a Hart movie, I can never tell how much I’m going to laugh, but when it came to Night School, I believe about half the movie had me in stitches.  Hart’s antics are still funny at times, where the delivery and dialogue fit together so well that it left me in tears.  Haddish as well has some major laughs, but for her, I preferred the other angle that she brought.  No it was the supporting cast and their sequences that I think brought me the most labs, integrating them into odd scenarios that worked so well.  Slapstick humor that involved dislocation, awful attempts at flirtation, and babysitting antics that go wrong.  The result is the cheaper laughs that we all know and love.

 

Good Pace:  A comedy movie needs to keep moving and for the most part the film works well to keep things engaging despite the predictability to come.  It jams a lot of comedy to not feel boring and does everything it can to keep you laughing, so you’ll get your money’s worth out of this one.

 

Message:  A comedy with a message is not uncommon, but this film gets a special nod to tackling the difficulties with learning disabilities, honor, and hard work ethic that again are needed for the constant reminders. Night School may wish to poke fun at the adventure of a GED, but make no mistake that they portrayed the serious subject matter with the bite it needed to stand out.  Thanks to those messages, the directors did a nice job of using this to ground the silliness and actually bring purpose to the chaos at hand.

 

DISLIKES:

 

Unoriginal most of the time: The problem with these movies for most is the fact of it being more of the same. Night School does stand out because it has more serious moments, but aside from that the comedy styles are reflective of the other movies.  You’ve got to be super big on the rantings, ramblings, and babbling of Kevin Hart characters, with a high tolerance to things going too high-volume arguments that he is famous for.  It doesn’t have the full unique spin of some of his other comedies and it just fills the gap between the bigger films coming.

 

Trailers Ruined some Big Scenes:  Given the media blow out of this movie, you can bet that there will be some things ruined in this film.  Sadly, the bigger scenes have had enough exposure to lose the edge for me, with a number of big comedic moments beaten over the head before the movie ever started. Now fortunately there are enough new scenes to pick up the slack though, but still hate to see the comedic potential fall.

 

Dropped Plot Point:  I know, these comedies aren’t all about character development or story, but that doesn’t mean we have to go through the trouble of introducing family if you aren’t going to take them further.  Night School has a number of these moments that they could have pursued, but nothing more prevalent than Teddy’s family who didn’t have much involvement despite their introduction in the beginning. Lots of comedic potential, but again dropped in favor of other areas.

 

The Editing:  There are two meanings to this dislike.  First there were scenes that could have been left out or tightened up to help cut down on team and trim the extremely stupid back to manageable levels.  However, the part that didn’t work for me was the fact that some of the dialogue did not match up with the lip movements of the group. Obviously some reworks into the dialogue were done, so why did we not get reshoots or better editing to correct it.  While not the biggest effect on the movie, this inconsistent editing is not the way to go for detailed reviewers.

 

THE VERDICT:

 

            Let’s face it, Night School is not going to be the most original, the most award winning, or even the cleverest ideas to come to the market.  However, it is a very fun movie where the chemistry of the cast, the grounding of the comedy, and the pace are going to be very entertaining to the masses. I can say this is not my favorite of his films, but holds the middle of the ground for this guy because it is indeed funny.  Yet, a little more editing, some originality, and perhaps a little more diversity in the comedy and it could have been a top-notch addition to the Hart library.  Still, the movie is worth a visit to the theater with friends or in a group, otherwise, hold out to the streaming release in a few short months. 

 

My scores are:

 

Comedy:  7.0

Movie Overall: 6.0

Welcome To The Jungle

Jumanji

 

The drums beat heavy in the air, the impending sound of doom resonating with their deep sounds indicating another threat on the horizon.  Those tribal instruments were just one component of the adventure Jumanji was back in the 90s, well that and about a thousand other things that made for a fun adventure.  Now, decades later, the jungle is to be unleashed once more to the modern generation in hopes of reviving the adventure once more, perhaps for more sequels.  Robbie K here to give you the 411 on the latest movies, so let’s get started!

 

LIKES:

 

The References:  It’s always fun to get pleasant memories of your childhood refreshed with a nostalgic reference.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, tips its hat towards a couple of Easter eggs that will take you back to the nineties.  The animatronic animals, the familiar sounds of wild life hidden in the bushes, and a few shout outs to previous characters were well placed to revive the spark the prequel made long ago.

 

Acting:  Okay, this film isn’t going to win any major awards for best actor/actress, but that doesn’t count it out for quality, entertaining talent.  Dwayne Johnson is still a rugged, stud adventure type with a smolder and skill for comedic sarcasm.  Kevin Hart has the rant style down, focusing on energetic, loud delivery with a little cursing to sweeten the pot.  Jack Black provides the awkward comedy, yet manages to take it one step further by acting like a girl trapped in a man’s body, including all the mannerisms that modern teenage girls exemplify. Karen Gillan is edgy, angst filled, yet somehow reserved to bring a fighter not fueled by raging hormones of stress.  While it doesn’t sound that different, there are a couple of things that impressed me.  The first is that the chemistry between these actors, which seemed very natural as they bounced their insults and dialogue off of one another.  The second component is how the actors seemed to portray not only the qualities of their avatar, but also of the kids trapped inside them.  Much like Jack Black, the actors all had to balance teenage adolescent with epic adventure role and it worked very well for me.

 

Comedy: By far the strongest component for me though is the laugh fest hidden in the foliage of the artificial jungle world.  Jumanji 2 was one of the funniest adventures I’ve seen in a while, filled with a plethora of comedic styles to tickle your fancy in a variety of ways.  Insult humor, one-liners, meme worthy antics, and even sexual innuendos are all crammed into the 2-hour run time.  Spreading the humor throughout kept things fresh for me and changing up the style only further kept me laughingHowever, the component I loved was how tasteful the stupidity was, managing to combine wit and slapstick into a blend that is just a hoot to watch.  I feel this style will work for a wide variety of ages, though beware of the occasional curse bomb to light up the screen.

 

 

DISLIKES;

 

A Little Corny/Stretch:  Welcome to the Jungle is a stretch in many regards, however there are times where the movie treks of the already ridiculous path.  Some of the action scenes have stunts that defy physics, or performances that are pushing the limits at times.  These inconsistencies are easy to ignore for the most part, and really don’t ruin much with all the fun to be had.  Yet, these components are a little cheesy at times, fake looking even more so, and dilutes the message in a preachy fashion.

 

The Bad Guy:  The main villain has a cool power to use, but sadly the villain doesn’t utilize it very well.  In addition, the primary antagonist and his cronies are a little anticlimactic in terms of threatening the jungle, being more roar than bite.  A few lousy maneuvers, a threat here or there, and some lame NPC minions just didn’t do it for me in regards to development and design.

 

Missing Adventure:  As fun as the video game twist was on the movie, I missed the component of the board game that made the original the adventure it was.  Remember the terror of the unknown as the dice rolled and the swirling green mist formed into a message?  How about seeing the horrors of the jungle out into the real world and our heroes having to do everything to keep the board safe?  Yeah, those thrills are what Jumanji was about as the beasts were unleashed in special effect glory.  This movie focused a little too heavy on the biker gang motive and sort of ditched the jungle component for me.  I missed the animal part of this adventure and the blending of these threats together, and the adventure they crafted.

 

The VERDICT:

 

            Welcome to the Jungle is a very fun movie and I was not disappointed as I could have been. It’s funny, with a great cast to bring the crew to life and a great energy to keep one entertained throughout the whole movie.  Yet, the comedy seemed to be the main focus, because the balanced laughs really overshadowed the adventure component the first movie had within it.  Still, many ages will enjoy what this movie has to offer and will be quoting this movie for quite some time after it leaves theaters.  Worth a trip to the theater?  Absolutely, though save your dough and don’t see it in 3-D.

 

My Scores:

 

Action/Adventure/Comedy:  7.5

Movie Overall: 6.0

Training Pants Off, Underpants On…For Kid Focused Comedy

underpants

 

Superheroes seem to be the theme of this weekend at the movie theater.  For those not interested in the Amazon princess’ tale another caped crusader awaits in the hallowed halls of the silver screen.  No, it isn’t Batman, but instead a more childish hero to fight ridiculous antagonists.  And tonight, my review is on the waistband warrior himself… Captain Underpants and his first feature film.  Based on the hit children’s comic book/novel series, the latest kid’s movie is here to try and bring the laughs contained in its pages.  Did it succeed?  Robbie K here to help answer that question, so let’s get started, shall we?

 

LIKES:

 

  1. Cute Factor: We all know kid movies can vary like the flavors of Baskin Robbins ice cream. Captain Underpants is along the cute variety, filled with that fun, G rated goodness reminiscent of the Peanuts Movie. The trailers are accurate in stating there is a great moral lesson about friendship, one that just may touch your heart and call up your best friend.  If the sappy parts don’t make you say awwwwww, the sound of your child laughing certainly will.

 

  1. Nostalgia: If you read the books, or co read with your young one, then good news, the movie captures the spirit of the series. Watching Harold and George trying to control their gallivanting hero is sure to bring a flood of memories back at the adventures in the book.  In addition, you’ll find ridiculous villains, potty based humor, and even Flip-o-rama all integrated in the short run time of the movie. Ahh, the power of reliving your childhood is a strong thing indeed.

 

  1. Voice Acting: No academy award worthy performances in this movie, but the voice acting fits well with the ludicrous tone of this movie. Kevin Hart’s high pitched voice fits so well with the character of George, primarily the obnoxious laughter I pictured the character having. Thomas Middleditch helped compliment his co-actor in his wispy voice. Ed Helms was a toss-up for me.  I didn’t find his portrayal of Mr. Krupp the same tone as my imagination, but he certainly nailed the boisterous, whimsical tone of the superhero nimrod. And finally Nick Kroll certainly has the over exaggerated accent down pat, and made for an entertaining antagonist at times.

 

  1. The Art Style: DreamWorks animation nailed the media for this movie for me. Bright colors, dazzling lights, and a trippy spin were exactly what I expected for the Captain Underpants universe.  This film “flips” between animated panels of a child’s drawing to the 3-D cartoon CGI image and it works to capture that kid friendly energy and nostalgic blast to the past. And as there aren’t too many kid’s movies using this style yet, so the uniqueness is always appreciated.

 

DISLIKES:

 

  1. Very Kiddy: The trailers warned us about this, and even the comic books did as well, but Captain Underpants lacks the adult factor many cartoons hold. Much of this movie is simplistic potty humor, incessant laughing, and mindless bantering that may hold little humor to those above the age of 12. And to be honest, much of the movie loses its comedic spin within the first third of the movie. A little more wit could have gone a long way to save this movie from getting stale.

 

  1. No solid story: Masterpieces from Pixar and Walt Disney studios have a blend of humor, character development, and story. In Captain Underpants… that is sadly not the case.  The spirit of adventure is missing in this film, diluting the suspense aspect of the film to stuff more bathroom humor in the mix. And without a solid story to base the humor upon, it feels kind of like a failed stand-up comedy routine than a theater worthy film.

 

  1. Lacking Emotional Kick: While the movie does portray the power of friendship well, it still lacks that the emotional slam dunk that others have perfected. Captain Underpants doesn’t have much tug to the heartstrings and while you can laugh with the two of them, you can’t really connect to the characters at hand. Without that investment, it makes it that more difficult to invest in the movie. Therefore, I was bored for much of the movie, jealous that the younger audience could relate to the fart humor more than I could.

 

  1. Over exaggerated Voice Acting: Yes, we know the characters are all supposed to be overdramatic spoofs meant to tickle the funny bone.  Doesn’t mean they had to go over the top on the voices ALL THE TIME. Much of the voice work eventually drops into the annoying zone and for some characters very quickly (how many Tra-La-Las did we really need to hear?). Without the clever writing to back it up, not even this star-studded cast can save the eye rolling, or teeth grinding moments contained in this film.

 

The VERDICT

 

Captain Underpants is a different spin on the superhero genre, and one that is very welcoming to the younger generations.  With a very focused comedy towards its demographic, parents aren’t going to find much gold to this movie outside the art style and the melody of children laughing. Despite the nostalgic run it brought, there is not much to this film to make it theater worthy (unless you need a 90-minute tranquilizer for your kids). Therefore, I recommend this one be saved for Netflix or Redbox instead of the theater.

 

Animation/Action/Comedy:  6.0

Movie Overall: 5.0

Got Hard On Racial Stereotypes! A Simplistic Comedy That Tries Too Hard

Get Hard

            It seems like comedies are trying just about anything to get a laugh these days, scraping the bottom of the barrel for potential plots. As a result we get movies like Unfinished Business, Ride Along, and now Get Hard. To help breathe some life into the ridiculous tale the trailers show, the casting department has roped comedic legends Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell to help pull in some box office bucks. From the trailers you might expect:

  • A comedy about stereotypical prison motifs
  • Strong racist jokes that most likely know no bounds
  • Crappy plot that is usual of both of these actors
  • Same old comedy styles of the actors

So what do you get?

I can report the first two points are the strongest themes of this movie. The plot for those who don’t know is about Will Ferrell’s character James being arrested for embezzling and fraud.   The eccentric and arrogant millionaire has 30 days to get his affairs in order, which involves learning to survive in prison by local car washer Darnell (Kevin Hart). Already you might be cringing, but I admit some of the prison humor is creative, in particular the prison setup itself. I laughed more at the setting itself than the actual jokes, due to the simplistic setup and irony of James’ staff being the wardens. Unfortunately the jokes weren’t as entertaining, most of the scenes were shown in the trailers and those that weren’t, focused on the same joke themes of sex, sex, and a little prison fighting. Coat all of these jokes with curse-laden frosting and you get a mediocre comedy whose only break comes from Ferrell’s ridiculous rants. For your information, the prison riot scene has some intense strobe light action, which may precipitate seizures. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

How do they attempt to keep the prison jokes fresh? By adding every racial profile and stereotype joke you can think of. Get Hard spares no expense to poke fun at our perspectives of folks that end up in prison. Over the 100 minutes, you’ll get pummeled with mannerisms and lingo that are often associated with African thug life, including Ferrell trying on his “black face” as he calls it. They even threw in a few thug track lists to help seal the deal, some of the songs I do like. I chuckled at a few of these jokes, particular at Hart’s little impressions he plays so well, however like the prison jokes these too became stale, losing their comedic edge. Most of the jokes will be taken okay, but like always they occasionally overstep their boundaries with their jokes, perhaps starting another boycott for racial slurs. So here I warn that if you are easily offense by color jokes, you should skip this movie.

To my surprise the plot actually wasn’t half bad in this film. Get Hard has some a decent foundation for the jokes to hold anchor to mainly in the form of shaping James from pompous wuss into street champion. However there is a cute tale of brotherhood that adds some depth to otherwise one-dimensional characters and gives a little something else to the film, though not as good as Wedding Ringer. Yet it still is shallow and simplistic, and doesn’t have the emotional kick I would have liked to see.

Acting wise there isn’t much unique about this performance. Hart takes a step back towards his roots with a few shouting rants interspersed with his typical F bomb dialog. Fortunately he hasn’t returned all the way back, managing to dial down his craziness with some clever lines and good comedic timing. This allowed me to once again enjoy his comedy without wanting to punch his face in or rip my ears off, a positive thing indeed.. I can’t say the same for Ferrell though. Somehow the hairy, homely looking white guy gets a hot woman and other than money I can’t figure out why? Babes aside though, Ferrell is still the pompous, overconfident boob he always plays in his movies. He still carries his lines with that air of superiority, though in this installment he frequently degrades into a whiney, pathetic baby. I felt he tried to hard in this movie, forcing his lines on me instead of perfecting the delivery like he used to do. Much of his lines were in that high pitched whisper from Elf, only without the over-energetic emphasis that Buddy had so long ago.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I did not enjoy this movie as much I had hoped. Get Hard is indeed another simplistic comedy, where one is bombarded by endless jokes and derogative laughs. Sure it is fun at first, but most of the funny parts were shown in the trailers, and without the course language. Yet for those who love the comedians’ work, you’ll most likely laugh your heads off with the racial profanities and prison slapstick. You’ll enjoy it even more if you are drunk. Overall the choice is yours, but I recommend saving your money and catching this movie on RedBox in a few months. Believe me you can wait.

My scores are:

Comedy: 6.0

Movie Overall: 5.0