Release year: 2015
Director: Etan Cohen
Screenwriter: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Etan Cohen, Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Ariana Neal, Greg Germann, Jon Eyez, T.I.
When naive millionaire James King (will Ferrell) is convicted for fraud and sentenced to go to prison for ten years he desperately hires Darnell (Kevin Hart) whom he, due to his colour, assumes has been to prison. But Darnell is actually as squeaky clean as they come and contacts his criminal cousin to learn about prison life. Determined to do the job in order to earn the money he needs to move his family to a better neighbourhood Darnell starts training the soft James to get hard.
Ferrell (Step Brothers, 2008) is so ridicoulously right for the part as the innocent, slightly dumb yet kind-hearted James that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone else in the part. Just as it is clear from the start that the movie would have been a much lesser movie without Ferrell’s ability to portray a likable man-child. The concept is quite simple, but clever, and mainly works so well because Ferrell manages to gain our sympathy despite his racism, wealth, and stupidity, while Hart (Ride Along, 2014) is charming as the clean cut working man struggling to convince as a bad man and clearly having fun doing so, just like you will have fun watching. Both men are funny in each their own way and create enough chemistry to make a convincing couple as they go from one crazy scenario to another. Not the best to come from Ferrell, but his long time collaborator Adam McKay (The Other Guys, 2010) still delivers funny lines to make this funnier than most modern comedies, and considering this is the feature debut as director for writer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, 2008) the promises for a great new comic director has been made.
Martin’s computer is an early IBM PC, released at 1981.
Picture copyright: Warner Bros
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