Misconceptions In Get Hard

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Yet humorous and amusing, Comedy film Get Hard demonstrates the reflection of social attitudes seen in today’s society, through the characters James king and Darnell Lewis the film reflects the racial misconceptions individuals form and articulate toward a certain race. The film takes the audience on the adventure of James king and Darnell Lewis’ desire to make James “get hard” before serving time in prison. The characters reflect society’s misconceptions about certain individuals, reflecting the racial attitudes toward African Americans. The film demonstrates that misconceptions have prevented society from becoming aware of the true characteristics of an individual as a person, thus promoting society to articulate social attitudes toward a …show more content…
He turns to Darnell Lewis for help, a hard working African American car wash business man. James has formed the misconception that African Americans males are ex- convicts or will eventually be convicts, the film demonstrates this racial misconception firstly by presenting a scene where James and Darnell are having a conversation about how horrible life is in the prison of San Quintin. Darnell mentions he would not wish even for his worst enemy to attend there, James then wrongfully assumes Darnell has been to prison because he is black. The scene leads us to identify James assumptions by his response to Darnell “you should know, I’m sorry to remind you, the fact that you went to prison, you did your time, you paid your debt and we as society should welcome you back and we do”! James continues to racially articulate racial misconceptions toward Darnell by assuming that because Darnell is black he cannot vote, stating “you and I are both the same, the only difference between us is that you can’t vote and I can.” The racial misconceptions James articulates toward Darnell reflects the social attitudes seen in society through advertisements, media, and real life situations. One example in today’s society is the famous hashtag “all black lives matter” …show more content…
Racism is not shown in Hollywood films because the film places black and whites with "happy faces,” thus convincing society no racial tensions exist between blacks and whites. DeMott states "the good news in the movies obscures the bad news in the street” (569). Society constructs an understanding of a certain race based on what they view in the media, if Hollywood films present films with no racial tensions, society feels that fantasy world is reality and ignore the racial tensions happening outside of the film in the real world. Hollywood film Get hard goes against DeMotts argument, instead of hiding racism, the film embraces it in a humorous way to grab the audience attention, and encourage the audience to view the social attitudes articulated toward the African American race. The film reflects society’s misconceptions and attitudes by presenting racial scenes where the audience open their eyes to a new perspective of how society really is. The film present realistic relationships among races through the use of the characters Darnell and

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