Kansas City, MO --- From sweet and harmless to satirized racial stereotypes the films "Get Hard" and "Home" couldn't be more different. Although they are both hilarious, they are made for two very different age groups.
1. GET HARD(R)
Whenever you satirize racial stereotypes, you run the risk of inadvertently reinforcing those stereotypes. That is the main drawback of "Get Hard," the broad comedy starring Will Ferrell as a clueless financial executive convicted of fraud and Kevin Hart as a man he recruits to prepare him for prison.
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are hilarious together. There are many scenes that are flat out funny. But the premise of the movie is flat out nothing to joke about. It's socially irresponsible. Borderline racist and most of all lazily written. It almost seems like one of those old Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder buddy comedies has been plagiarized except the material isn't as smart.
Hart and Ferrell have some very funny moments, largely improvised, but they're not quite enough to offset the movie's missteps. You may laugh, but you might feel guilty for doing so. Its heart may be in the right place, but "Get Hard" is a little soft in the head.
It's hard to defend something this crass and prototypical stereotypical. Which is too bad. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart have something. The two should definitely work together again. But hopefully it's a less offensive movie. A better written movie. And a movie that doesn't so heavily rely on poking fun at the ills of our society especially when a cure for our racial problems seems like it's no where in sight.
RUSS: 2 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 1 Popcorn Bag
Sweet and harmless, the new animated feature "Home" plays a bit like "E.T." if it had been produced by the folks who gave us Teletubbies. Some cute aliens engage in a very benign invasion of Earth, but one nerdy outcast messes up their plans.
"Home" plays like the perfect animated bedtime story for the very young. It's cute, fun and has a bit of silly charm. Nothing sophisticated about the story or animation. But enough energy and fun to keep most kids excited. And watchable enough for parents.
I disagree. This one should appeal to the very young like you said, but older kids and adults might start to nod off at this very familiar story. There may be no place like "Home," but there are other movies like it.
Sure this story has been told a zillion times. But the vibe is so adorable all is forgiven. Also loved the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons. They were perectly playful and the music is catchy and delightfully happy. Much of which was produced by Rihanna
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
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