Thursday, April 5, 2012

30 Minutes or Less - DVD Review

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Michael Pena, Fred Ward, Dilshad Vadsaria and Bianca Kaljich.  Directed by Ruben Fleischer.


Danny McBride has made a living playing self-centered louts, to the point that I wonder how annoying he is in real life. Has he ever played a nice guy? Here he plays a colossially amoral idiot, heir to a million dollars if his Vietnam vet dad (Fred Ward) would just die already. He decides he can't wait, so he's going to hire a hitman (Michael Pena) for $100,000 to whack his dad. But he needs the money first. So what do he and his dimwit friend do to get the $100,000?

They kidnap a pizza-delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) and strap a bomb on him. He has ten hours to get the money or the bomb will go off. So what's the fastest way to do get a hundred grand? Rob a bank.

As you can guess, this movie is overflowing with geniuses. And dumb people doing dumb things is often funny. This movie is scattershot in achieving those.

The director's Ruben Fleischer, and he and Eisenberg previously had wild comic success with Zombieland. Here, the characters never grow from their one-dimensional start-off points. I like Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation) generally, and yeah, there's some fun parts, but ultimately this 78-minute caper is very skippable.

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