30 Minutes or Less : Movie Review


Brevity is a good friend to the mediocre comedy 30 Minutes or Less. Running roughly 75 minutes long, the film is tidily arranged by director Rueben Fleischer, who has enough sense to hit his slapstick bullet points and bail. I just wish he had better material, at least something substantial that would prevent the picture from becoming yet another R-rated comedy cursed with crummy improvisation-addicted actors and their distracting potty mouths.
Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a pot-smoking slacker suffering through a pizza delivery gig, unable to motivate himself while he watches his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) and ladylove Katie (Dilshad Vadsaria) better their lives through professional opportunities. Nick finds himself in deep trouble when he’s cornered by Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson), a pair of dim-witted crooks who strap a bomb to the pizza guy’s chest, ordering him to acquire $100,000. Handed 10 hours to complete his task, Nick freaks, teaming up with Chet to find a way out of his dire predicament, eventually incurring the wrath of Chongo (Michael Pena), a bewildered gangster looking to kill both sides of the bomb dilemma.

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