Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard.

For me, a new Will Ferrell movie is usually a cause for celebration. Hey, I even liked Land of the Lost, a film that was unjustly dismissed by the masses.

Alas, even the great comedic masters misfire from time to time, and Get Hard goes on the dung heap with his Kicking and Screaming and Bewitched.

Ferrell plays a finance guru who gets convicted for crimes he allegedly didn’t commit, and is sentenced to hard time at San Quentin. In an attempt to not get raped when he goes to jail, he hires his car-washer (Kevin Hart) to train him in prison ways—you see, he immediately assumes the man did time because he is black. In other words, we are supposed to feel sorry for the Ferrell character, even though he is a racist ignoramus—and that just doesn’t happen.

Ferrell and Hart labor for laughs in a sea of dick and ass-rape jokes, and it’s all quite ugly and mostly unfunny. There are some highlights, including a simulated prison riot in a wine cellar that inexplicably includes the appearance of an angry baboon; however, the jokes are mostly duds.

You know you are in trouble when your plot is mostly identical to a failed Rob Schneider movie (the equally offensive Big Stan).

Get Hard is playing at theaters across the valley.