Ebony And Agony: Get Hard, Reviewed

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Despite how broad and silly they are, Will Ferrell's movies often have a stealth political side to them. When he works with his longtime creative partner, director and co-writer Adam McKay, he usually manages to address current events in a way that's pointed without being preachy. Everybody loves Anchorman because of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights because of Ricky Bobby and The Other Guys because of its skewering of cop-movie tropes, but all the while Ferrell is smuggling in messages about, respectively, gender equality in the workplace, American exceptionalism, and the 2008 financial crisis. It's telling that the one time he tried to be more overt with his politics—his one-man George W. Bush show, You're Welcome America—it was forced, obvious, and, most importantly, not very funny. On the whole, Ferrell's comedy works better when its themes are subtle.

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