It’s going to be hard to say anything good about this one.
When millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars.
Oh boy, what a mess!
It was never going to be a satirical masterpiece that tackled the issues of race and poverty. Come on. At best, it could have been something OTT, stupid but funny.
A lot of people dodged a bullet from the heavily flogged trailers but I thought, “You never know”. Won’t be saying that anytime soon.
I was a big fan of Ferrell and Hart (Notice I put was). The thought of them working together should have been comedy gold.
The premise was weak with nothing but lazy jibes about how the rich are destroying the country and naff stereotypes that have been done to death.
The racial jokes weren’t controversial but they weren’t clever either. Just went for any old area and milked it dry.
Not even the talented supporting cast made much of an impression. You know you’re onto a loser when T.I. is the only actor getting things going.
Alison Brie looked stunning. Oh my goodness. But she wasn’t funny at all. Effing and jeffing and playing a manipulative gold digger.
Don’t get me wrong. She played it as well as she could. BUT there were no laughs. A shame considering how funny we know she can be. Just look at Community and The LEGO movie. Gutted.
While Craig T Nelson just played a clichéd and uninteresting evil corporate businessman. I’m getting bored just writing about him.
John Mayer made a highly unfunny cameo. I mean, if his goal was to be a douche then bravo! But it wasn’t funny and his improvised song about Ferrell was juvenile. It didn’t help that the guy can’t act.
There were a few chuckles BUT every time that I did laugh, I then realized, “Wait. That wasn’t funny”. My anticipation getting the better of me.
My smile faded more and more as the film continued to pull every unfunny gag out of every orifice.
An impromptu teaching session at a gay hook-up spot was completely unnecessary and revolting.
“When life gives you dick, you make dick-ade” Haha. Ha- No!
Will Ferrell trying to sing songs to a penis probably sounded good on paper. BUT it was just uncomfortable viewing and not even in the guilty “I shouldn’t have laughed at that” sense.
The prosthetic penis popping up in the scene was even worse than the glory hole sequence in Unfinished Business.
When Ferrell and Hart were allowed to improvise, I was finally rewarded with what I expected in the first place!
They weren’t a bad pairing but their gags went on too long; an elongated prison sketch with Hart pretending to be three different “prison gang” members should have been a minute at a push NOT five.
Ferrell resorted to mindless swearing just to get a quick titter, “I’m going to punch you in the f**k!”.
To be honest if Ferrell hadn’t applied his delivery, I don’t think I would have laughed at all.
Hart’s role seemed a lot more straight faced. A change. It worked. Using the plot of Boyz in Da Hood as his prison cover was hilarious.
Some gags did work. Will Ferrell dressed as the lovechild of Lil’ Wayne and Tim Westwood was hilarious. Deluded to the max with an “El Mayo” emblem stamped on his head. His pose for a gang picture got a guilty smile from me.
King’s naivety in the whole fiasco could have got a lot more funnier moments out of it. Shame.
The gag in which he is forced to pick fights with people in the park was hilarious (To begin with) but the more fights he got into, the worse it got.
The endless height gags and watching Hart being used as a gym weight just bored me. Lazy.
BUT Hart being used as a prop to dispense off some unlikely foes, on the other hand. That was an unexpected sight that tickled me.
The last 20 minutes finally seemed to hit its stride and I found myself actually laughing. It was ridiculously OTT and stupid as hell but it was better than what I’d had to endure.
Ferrell and Hart fighting on a yacht was the most random thing I’d seen in some time. Ron Burgundy flailing around and dispensing foes with some strange Brazilian dance fight technique was brilliant.
The Wedding Ringer bitch slapping people and smashing them round the head with computer monitors was mental.
BUT the story was so flat, predictable and lazy that it killed any enjoyment I managed to muster out of it.
Not good enough boys.
Sloppy and unfunny for the majority of the time. If not for the two comedy actors, this wouldn’t have made the DVD bargain bin at my local corner shop.
2/5 at a push