March 27, 2015, - 2:36 pm

Wknd Box Office: Get Hard, A Girl Like Her, The Salvation, Wild Tales

By Debbie Schlussel

Can’t really recommend any of the new movies in theaters, this weekend. (I did not see “Home.”)



* “Get Hard“: Absolutely awful. This disgusting, racist (anti-White), Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart vehicle, is a complete waste of time. And, for a comedy, it’s remarkably unfunny. I laughed about 3-5 times. Mostly it’s just gross, unless your idea of funny is Will Ferrell trying to practice oral sex on a gay stranger in a bathroom stall–complete with dangling penis front and center on the screen. If this is what now defines comedy, count me out. Ditto for at least two scenes of Will Ferrell’s naked butt. Um, no thanks. No thanks, also, to the numerous scenes of topless women gratuitously inserted “just ‘cuz.”

The sub-text–no, actually, there’s nothing “sub” about it; it’s quite overt–of this movie is that White people are rich, privileged, and racist against Blacks. Oh, and don’t forget that White people are pigs with money who callously preach “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” to Black people (and that advice is wrong because . . . ?) and assume that all Black men have served time in prison.

Ferrell plays a very rich higher-up at an investment fund. He’s engaged to marry the boss’ daughter and lives the charmed life. He lives in a mansion in Bel-Air, is building a larger mansion, and has a full staff of Hispanic servants. Everything is handed to him and he doesn’t seem to work too hard. But, then, he’s accused of a Madoff-style scam and defrauding lots of average people of their retirement money. He’s innocent and fights the charges, but gets ten years in prison. So, with 30 days until he’s due to report to San Quentin, he hires Kevin Hart, the guy who washes his expensive car, to train him and get him in shape for survival as a White guy in prison. Hart has never been in prison, but Ferrell, being your “typical” White person (in the movie’s eyes), assumes that Hart, being a Black man, has served prison time. So, Hart, desperate for cash to pay to move his family to a better neighborhood so his daughter can go to a better school, assumes the role and agrees to do the job for $30,000.

Get it? The Black guy is a decent, smart, hard-working man working hard and struggling to get his nuclear family (a wife, one daughter) a better life. The White man is a racist idiot who doesn’t work hard, has lots of naked sex with his hot fiancee in front of his minority servants, and has had an easy life. Fiction that could’ve been written by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Blah, blah, blah.

Hart consults his cousin (played by real-life recurring prisoner and rapper T.I.), a gangsta resident of South Central L.A., for advice on how to get Ferrell into shape. But after weeks of trying to train Ferrell how to fight people and be tough, he finally tells Ferrell to learn how to give oral sex in order to avoid being anally raped in prison, so they go to a gay restaurant where Ferrell picks a random gay man and tries to practice oral sex on him (the aforementioned bathroom stall scene). Yes, this is what passes for a movie in 2015 America.

In the end, Hart is Ferrell’s only friend and helps him prove his innocence and avoid jail time.

As I watched this movie, I thought of the story of James Robertson, a Detroit man who worked hard and walked 21 miles to and from his factory job every day, just to make ends meet on a meager two hours of sleep each night. I thought about how Robertson finally got a car and $350,000 in donations online to get a better life, all because a White investment adviser befriended Robertson and got the story into the Detroit media, and all because a White college student set up the online GoFundMe endeavor. I thought about all the mostly White people who donated the money to this man, the White-owned car dealership that gave Robertson a free car, and the White advisory team which is working gratis to advise Robertson and manage and invest his new-found wealth.

That’s an inspiring story I would love to see on film–a hard-working Black man helped by an army of good, decent White people. But you’ll never see that on the silver screen. It doesn’t fit Hollywood’s narrative of race in America in 2015.

Instead, we get this garbage.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “A Girl Like Her“: I’m not sure if this “Made in Michigan” movie was funded by the Michigan taxpayers via the Michigan film tax credits. But I certainly hope not. It was long, slow, and boring. While I sympathize with the character in the movie, who is constantly bullied by the popular girl and her “posse” of friends, this has been done before in two recent movies, with almost the exact same story line.

The story: a high school student tries to commit suicide, after being constantly harassed and bullied by the popular girl in school. The bullied girl is in a coma for most of the movie and then it flashes back to what happened. Done in a faux-documentary style, the movie interviews her friends and the lying, bullying popular girl. The victimized girl has a male best friend, who convinced her to wear a secret camera, disguised as a pin, to capture the bullying, and he shows the video to the woman doing the documentary.

Like I said, this same story line–about a sensitive, nice, innocent high school student being harassed and bullied by the popular kids, both in person and online, and then trying to commit suicide–has been done in two recent movies, “Disconnect” (read my review) and “Men, Women & Children” (read my review). And the outcome is almost exactly the same. This wasn’t bad, but it was too slow-moving, and I felt I’d seen it a few times before (and I had). Nothing objectionable but also nothing new here, and I wouldn’t pay ten bucks to see it.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Salvation“: I like a good western, so I was excited to see this. But I can’t recommend this movie at all, despite its suspense. This Danish western, which takes place in small-town America in the 1870s, is very violent, very dark, and very depressing, and there is little payoff at the end. Watching the endless, senseless, brutal, up-close, bloody killing of innocent people was painful. Watching the man at the center of it try to make things right and get the bad guys simply didn’t satisfy much, when, in movies like this, it should. The excessive violence and killing by the bad guys was long, slow, and disturbing. The payback was far too little and far too fast.

And it seems clear to me that this deeply troubling movie is a deliberately negative portrayal of the American West and Manifest Destiny by hateful Europeans. All of the Americans in this movie are either pure evil (driven, of course, by business desires for oil-rich land) or feckless cowards. The heroes are tough Danish soldier immigrants. Oh, and by the way, one of the cowardly townspeople is both a sheriff and a priest. Yet, he’s involved in aiding and abetting the evildoers in the movie. Many of the evildoers in this movie are no different than ISIS, and I think that was supposed to be the message about America, here.

The story: a Danish immigrant (Mads Mikkelsen) in a small American Western town is reunited with his beautiful wife and young son, who’ve come to live with him in the American West. Traveling in a stagecoach to their home, their two fellow stagecoach passengers terrorize them and destroy the family forever. At gunpoint, one of the men throws Mikkelsen from the stagecoach. Then, they rape his wife and kill her and the son. Mikkelsen finds them and kills them. But Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the gangster brother of one of the killed men, comes to town and tells the town’s sheriff that he and the town must find his brother’s murderer and first provide two townfolk to be killed if the murderer isn’t found by noon. It turns out that Morgan leads an outlaw gang which has terrorized the town for years. He demands exorbitant protection fees from the poor town every month.

The town’s sheriff, who is, again, also a priest, convinces an old lady and forces an amputee to be sacrificed and killed at noon. Morgan arrives and shoots them in the head, then murders a third person. He also murders others, and tells the townfolk they must turn in his brother’s murderer or he will charge them double their protection fees and kill even more people. The fearful, weak residents of the town turn Mikkelsen in to Morgan, who ties him up and leaves him outside to die, after he’s been severely beaten. But, soon, Mikkelsen’s brother shows up to rescue him, and they fight back . . . or try to. It turns out that all of the terrorizing and all the murder committed by Morgan is to acquire the land of the town and force everyone out, so that an oil company can have the valuable land.

Not worth ten bucks, not worth wasting 1.5 hours of your life you’ll never get back, not worth sitting through brutal, gratuitous, pointless violence, and not worth subjecting yourself to European filmmakers’ dark view of America when they’ve got plenty to look to in their own backyards.

This could have been a great action film in which the evildoers get theirs and things end happily. Instead, it’s just a naked snuff film. I liked Viggo-Mortensen-lookalike Mads Mikkelsen for his excellent portrayal of a man falsely accused of child abuse in “The Hunt” (read my mini-review). He’s handsome and a great actor. Mikkelsen’s very likable in this movie as well, despite the unlikability of the movie. But shame on him for taking a paycheck to participate in this violent, brutal, unnecessary propaganda.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Wild Tales [Relatos Salvajes]“: This long, slow, boring Brazilian/Argentinian film with English subtitles is supposed to show six short stories of distressed people or stories about revenge (these were the explanations in two different descriptions of the movie I read before watching it). Normally, I would like something like this. But the stories, except maybe for the first one, were mostly slow, boring, and uninteresting. Although the ideas for the plots were intriguing, the follow-through–not so much. The first, in which passengers on a plane, all learn why they are on a flight when it is too late, is well done. The rest, not so much. Even a story about a waitress serving a mobster who destroyed her family earlier in life, isn’t, as she doesn’t want his food poisoned. I wouldn’t pay money to see this, and I’m sorry I paid two hours of my life to watch.


Watch the trailer . . .

13 Responses

Tidbit: ‘Get Hard’ director Etan Cohen is an Israeli born Orthodox Jew.

Vic on March 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I’m not saying you’re wrong, but it’s hard to believe that a truly observant Jew would be involved in such garbage.

    Hillel on March 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Ugh, reading this review of “Get Hard,” it’s clear that the days of making quality white-black buddy movies, like “Trading Places” and “Beverly Hills Cop,” are truly gone. Everything is now in the toilet–literally.

Ralph Adamo on March 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Or how about the hundreds of thousands of white men who gave their lives fighting in the Civil War to assure freedom for blacks. I have never heard a black person once thank them. Just sayin’.

DS_ROCKS! on March 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Europe is going down the toilet so for sure they’re going to colonize the Western.
“The Salvation” is a pretty ironic title. Europeans still think that’s what they really but they’re history. Denmark is looking down the abyss.
Inversion is all Hollywood does these days.

I’m going to watch some old movies this weekend. This garbage gets less appealing year by year.

Takeshi Aono on March 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm

So, the Suckage out of Hollywood equals the dubious talents Heidi Fleiss’s girls/turned screen actresses

Jack on March 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Thanks for the reviews. So sad. We stopped going to movies around 10 years ago. Why pay to be offended and support the enemy? PURE TRASH COMING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD NOW.

Red on March 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm

“The White man is a racist idiot who doesn’t work hard, has lots of naked sex with his hot fiancee in front of his minority servants”

I strongly believe (based on how Debbie down syndrome looking face and 5000 too many twinkies obese body) she’s never had a man to have sex with before. Usually people have sex naked, Deborah. Your life must really be crappy. Do you just sit and complain about stuff all day long? Your followers are just as retarded as you are.

Steven on March 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Sounds like Steven has had plenty of men. And Debbie’s a babe.

    Concerned Citizen on March 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

“.. Oh, and don’t forget that White people are pigs with money who callously preach “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” to Black people (and that advice is wrong because . . . ?) and assume that all Black men have served time in prison.”

Well, in reality if you take any black male between the ages of 14 and 50, you have just as good a chance as picking out the ex-con as the one that never went to prison.

Of course, noticing this is racist of white people. Not a genuine criminality problem of black males.

The movie being more typical Hollywood puerile filth and white-hating propaganda masquerading as “comedy” is not a surprise.

It’s like they see plot devices and *try* to mimic them, but get them all wrong in the places that matter. The plot of having two people from vastly different worlds awkwardly meet and then bond by learning something deep about others and in turn themselves… gets mishmashed into stupid drek by these morons.

PitandPen on March 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Oh, that’s so disappointing about the Mads Mikkelsen film. I REALLY, REALLY like him. I think he is a more than fabulous actor & I’m just about fascinated in all he does. I have never been into Danes, Scandinavians, etc but I just l-o-v-e Mads. For his acting and presence…his looks don’t do much for me except he is very interesting looking and uses his interesting looks more than well in his acting. What a bummer. Watch “Hannibal” y’all if you don’t. It’s my favourite show on TV. Rather dark, but that’s how I roll. I am gonna DEFINITELY see that other flick of his DS recommended. Yay!!

Ethan Cohen directed “Get Hard”? Holy crap, he’s usually a directors whose films I REALLY like. It has to be a mistake.

For far too long Yanks have readily received & gobbled up crap Yank films. I have hated it for a very long time!

Skunky on March 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

“Wild Tales” has Ricardo Darin in it, who is a superb actor. If you want to see two great films with him in them, see “Nine Queens” or “Son of the Bride.”

Occam's Tool on March 29, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Sorry, you know little about films. Wild Tales is a master piece, I have showed it to to over 30 friends home in my home cinema and they loved it. I watch 30 films a month, top qualitiy and its difficult to beat this one..boring? what do you want? a film for people who dont think?shallow audiences? typical American action film? in Europe we value deep thinking, self-reflection, films for us mean to learn about humans and the world. We are not interested in films as an entertainment purely. Film is the window of the world. Luckly your opinion does not count in this universe of good critics . Wild tales was nominated for best foreign film and before you say more any absurdity, this film is ARGENTINEAN, not Brazilian.. PLEASE STUDY MORE CINEMA AND WATCH THE MASTERS like FELLINNI, LUCHINI VISCONTI, OLIVER ASSAYAS and many more to broaden up your vision of cinema..otherise you will be stull thinking that Brad Pitt and George Clooney are grea actors hhaha

andre on April 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

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