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The eagerly awaited Official Selection for this year's 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May) was announced in Paris this morning. As previously revealed, celebrated sibling filmmakers and Cannes regulars Joel and Ethan Cohen will preside over the jury this time around. Emmanuelle Bercot will become the first female director to open the festival in 28 years with her comedy-drama La Tête Haute (Head Held High), starring Catherine Deneuve and Rod Paradot. Meanwhile, highlights of this year's Palme d'Or race include new films from Jacques Audiard, Matteo Garrone, Todd Haynes, Jia Zhangke, Paolo Sorrentino, Gus Van Sant and Denis Villeneuve. Directors whose latest films appear to have missed out this year include Terrence Davies, Ben Wheatley, Michel Haneke and Gaspar Noe.
- CineVue UK
There was some much needed good news for beleaguered DreamWorks Animation this weekend as its latest CG ‘toon offering, alien invasion comedy Home, scored a win at the Us box office, opening in first place with $54 million, according to studio estimates. The company has suffered several embarrassing write-offs in recent years and has been selling facilities and downsizing staff at a fast pace. But Home, which scored a surprise victory over Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s latest, Get Hard, will help to bolster the company’s bottom line.And perhaps it wasn’t that much of a surprise: after all, the new comedy from Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen, which sees Ferrell as a dim bulb Wall Street trader framed for fraud and sentenced to maximum security prison, has been beset by its own issues, with complaints about racist and homophobic comedy and terrible reviews. The movie opened to $34.6 million Stateside, »
Now playing in theaters is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip T.I. Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tip T.I. Harris. He talked about working with Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell, if he got to see Kevin laugh a lot during takes, how much of his dialogue was scripted versus improvised, Marvel’s Ant-Man, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="puNXg3dDpe8LJBwBNmjaWtq_x6_Mp65j" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] T.I. Harris: How does he manage six kids? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer
New York (AP) - Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
While the two films had been expected to vie for the top spot at North American theaters, "Home" came in well above expectations, handing DreamWorks Animation a much-needed hit. Though a distant second, "Get Hard" also opened strongly with an estimated $34.6 million, rewarding the Warner Bros. pairing of two of the most bankable stars in comedy.
With a $100 million-plus debut expected next weekend for "Furious 7" - a franchise built on street-racing adrenaline and a diverse cast - Hollywood scored with two films that sought a variety of audiences. »
- The Associated Press
There is no denying that Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are the two most popular big screen comedians at the moment, so it was only a matter of time till they would team up. And on paper, Get Hard must have seemed like the perfect vehicle for the pair, with Ferrell as James King, a prison bound hedge fund manager who hires his car washer Darnell (Hart) to train him to survive, all on the assumption that Darnell has served time. Which he hasn't. It is a premise that has some great comedy potential, but first time director Etan Cohen (not that one) wastes it all and fills his movie with a string of offensive, stale, and downright stupid gags. For the two big names on the poster, Get Hard is really a waste of their talents. They fall back into tired old routines, Ferrell pulling out his idiot man »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Get Hard, 2015
Directed by Etan Cohen
When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.
Let’s just address the elephant in the room; Get Hard is one of the most relentlessly offensive movies to be released in quite some time, which is a loaded statement considering that pretty much all R-rated comedies are about being juvenile. That isn’t a bad thing though; complete stupidity can yield hilarious material so long as the execution is not malicious, but intended for fun. Yes, Get Hard goes for broke with racial and sexual content (there is literally a scene where Will Ferrell comes inches away from sucking on a penis) but I’ll be damned »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – Will Ferrell is a funny guy. Kevin Hart can be a funny guy. But the prison buddy comedy “Get Hard” is woefully less than the sum of its comedic parts. It fires buckshot of lame jokes at its audience, but precious few come anywhere near their targets as it squanders nearly every comic opportunity that comes its way.
Ferrell stars as a wealthy hedge fund manager with a gold-digging fiancée (Alison Brie), and a house full of servants who can barely conceal their disdain for him. His life begins to crumble when he’s accused of fraud and embezzlement, and arrested at his own birthday party. No one is asking for “The Verdict” in a Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy, but even by the lackadaisical standards of a studio comedy, Ferrell is convicted and sentenced to 10 years hard labor in San Quentin based on alarmingly little evidence and with little or no provocation. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Two big movies for you, we have the animated film .Home. from DreamWorks Animation and .Get Hard. from Warner Bros. Pictures. .Home. is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and the voice cast includes Jim Parsons (Oh), Rihanna (Tip), Jennifer Lopez (Lucy), and Steve Martin (Captain Smek). This one.s from director Tim Johnson who gave us 1998.s .Antz..
In .Get Hard,. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart teamed up for the comedy for first-time director Etan Cohen (writer of .Tropic Thunder.). How is the chemistry between Ferrell and Hart? Is the movie funny or just brutally offensive? Take a look at my reviews of both .Home. and .Get Hard..
Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, March 27. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Get Hard Director: Etan Cohen Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, Alison Brie, T.I. Synopsis: "The prison-bound manager of a hedge fund asks a black businessman -- who has never been to jail -- to prepare him for life behind bars." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (11 reviews) Home Director: Tim Johnson Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin Synopsis: "When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they »
- Steve Greene
It’s team-up time for twin titans of comedy once again . Actually one of the stars of this new film was attempting this just a couple of months ago. The in-danger-of-over-saturation star Kevin Hart made an attempt to broaden his fan base by joining up with another rising comic star, Josh Gad, In the modest hit (couldn’t have cost that much) The Wedding Ringer. Well it certainly worked for Kevin’s comic predecessors Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Tucker. But this time out he’s truly going for it, making a run for the comedy big leagues, by teaming with an established superstar of laugh-filled flicks, Will Ferrell (sure he’s had some duds, but when he scores, he scores big). And this new film takes some hot-button current topics, and gives them a spin that may remind you of certain Pryor and Murphy classics. So, let’s »
- Jim Batts
Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence. The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Because they can do better. I was told today on Facebook that we should stop talking about "Get Hard" this week. Never mind that in a typical week leading up to the release of a movie, you'd typically see many articles about it, exploring different aspects with interviews and reviews and maybe premiere photos, and no one seems to complain about that. The reason I was told to stop talking about it is because we are supposedly "too sensitive" about the way the film leans on some really ugly stereotypes and lazy comic set-ups, and in doing so, managing to be unpleasant and even offensive. I've been told that we should stop discussing this because "it's a joke." The only people I see wringing their hands that things are getting "too P.C." are those who want to be able to say anything to anyone without consequence. That's really what »
- Drew McWeeny
In the new comedy “Get Hard,” Will Ferrell gets a shock when his millionaire buffoon is hit with the harsh realities of a gritty future after being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Enter Kevin Hart, who reluctantly lets Ferrell’s foolish character believe he’s been to prison and agrees to help him prepare for life behind bars. Let the off-color comedy and controversy begin. “Get Hard’s” satirical take on race, class and jail will no doubt charm many of Ferrell and Hart’s fans, but some critics and commentators are far from impressed with director Etan Cohen‘s latest offering. »
- Linda Ge and Anita Bennett
Directed by Etan Cohen
Get Hard is an episodic comedy that seems determined to botch its ‘can’t miss’ premise. No amount of riffing from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart can overcome a script that’s obviously cobbled together from multiple projects. Director Etan Cohen’s feature-length debut lacks the big-ticket gags to overcome its flawed execution. Ultimately, this is a ‘star vehicle’ that should have stayed in the driveway.
There are three films battling for the soul of Get Hard. The first has a Trading Places vibe. We get the typical class warfare sequences, such as the obnoxious millionaire snob (Farrell) being terrified of minorities or flashing his wiener at house staff like it’s their duty to admire it. Nothing new to see here, but Farrell makes it (almost) work with his inherent likeability.
Hart’s character, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Before I saw Get Hard, I had quite the first impression built up in my mind. For starters, I had seen the trailers featuring Will Ferrell in all of his Lil Wayne-ian glory, getting lessons in prison rape from Kevin Hart, distasteful hand motions and gay jokes included. I'd read about the disastrous SXSW premiere, in which an audience member said, during a post-screening Q&A with director Etan Cohen, "This film seems racist as f--k." I'd also seen all of Hart's recent movies—The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too, About Last Night—each one more disappointing than the last. I'd become used to expecting cheap gag jokes, tired tropes and totally predictable plot lines that leave Hart to do »
All the comedic and visual elan of an amateur YouTube fratboy prank, including nonstop rape jokes and rampant homophobia. Are you laughing yet? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Did someone get to Will Ferrell, and to Adam McKay, Ferrell’s partner in Gary Sanchez Productions and one of the writers of Get Hard? Because just a few years ago, the pair made the very funny and surprisingly culturally incisive The Other Guys, with its anti-Wall Street-shenanigans theme and its amazing end credits, which basically amounted to a Michael Moore-style rant about the 2008 economic collapse. And now, Get Hard is exactly opposite of the sort of thematic followup we should have expected from them, one that utterly lacks the courage of its convictions. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
[This is a re-post of my Get Hard review from SXSW 2015. The film hits theaters nationwide on March 27th.] The core concept behind Get Hard is pretty clever and had loads of potential, but director Etan Cohen and his co-writers, Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, don’t do much with it. If you’ve seen the film’s trailer, that’s really all there is to it. Will Ferrell leads as James King, a hedge fund manager living the dream. He’s got an incredible house, a beautiful fiancee (Alison Brie) and his boss/soon-to-be father-in-law (Craig T. Nelson) is making him a full blown partner at the company. But then he’s accused of fraud and embezzlement, sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison and given a mere 30 days to get his affairs in order. With absolutely no hope of surviving in San Quentin, James turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) for help because he falsely assumes that he’s been to prison. That’s not the case »
- Perri Nemiroff
Get Hard, 2015
Directed by Etan Cohen
Imagine you’re Will Ferrell. There was a period in time when you were considered to be comedy royalty and everything you touched turned to belly laughs. Sadly, the last few years have been rather unkind and audiences have started to become immune to your efforts. Movies like The Other Guys and The Campaign blot a once stellar record of movies and the diabolical barrel-scrapping Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has shown that you can’t even go back to the well and capture lightning a second time. So what do you do? Attach yourself to the latest thing in comedy, »
- Luke Owen
“I loved how it’s a movie with a lot of layers and a tiny message about friendship,” he said on the red carpet. “You peel off some of the layers to their onion and the characters realize that they’re not that different from each other.”
Hart noted he was particularly pleased about the scenes shot in front of a Beverly Hills mansion, mocked up to simulate a prison environment. “I love the scene on the courtyard showing the two different worlds,” he added.
Edwina Findley, who play’s Hart’s wife, said she loved working with him, adding, “I put Kevin in his place.”
- Dave McNary
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