“30 Minutes Or Less” Review

In Movies on August 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

by:  Eric Buenning

Finally, director Ruben Fleischer and actor Jesse Eisenberg come out with their next movie after Zombieland.  Unfortunately, this one doesn’t succeed as much….and there are no zombies.

The movie gets going when Dick (Eisenberg), a pizza delivery guy, makes his final delivery to a couple of psychotic, idiotic “criminals” played by Danny McBride( Eastbound and Down) and Nick Swardson(possibly most famous for..being Jimmy McIlroy’s stalker in Blades of Glory).  The two criminals decide that, in order to get the inheritance of McBride’s character’s father, they need to hire someone to kill him.  They find a guy, but his services cost $100,000.  Their solution?  Find someone to rob a bank for them (because…ya know…why do it yourself?).  They decide to knock out Dick when he delivers the pizza, and he awakes with a bomb vest strapped to his chest and only 10 hours to get them the money.

Understandably, Dick is mortified by his new wardrobe.  His first thought is to go visit his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari).  He begs and pleads for Chet’s help in getting the money.  Chet reluctantly agrees, and the two begin their life as bank robbers. These two are obviously overwhelmingly under-qualified, and their adventures as “Luis” and “Cruz” (criminal names they gave themselves) serve as some very good comedy.

I want to stop the plot summary right there, because this movie is only a diminutive 83 minutes.  There’s only so much I care to give away.  Let’s start with the bad, though.  The plot itself is kind of hard to buy into.  If you had just robbed a bank, you wouldn’t think that the police would make only one effort to find out who did it.  Here, the police disappear after their scene.  I found that kind of odd.But I don’t want to nitpick.

The movie does have some very funny moments in it, whether it be one-liners from Ansari or McBride or the two robberies that Dick an Chet perform.  Those are filled with awkward inexperience that you would expect from a panicky stoner and his best-friend.  However, rushing everything into 83 minutes didn’t allow me to get into the movie really at all, and nothing really seemed to develop.  It all happened, and then it was over with.  Still, it is worth seeing for the laughs that we do get.

Rating:  2.5 out of 4 stars

Trailer for the movie: 

  1. Nice Review! As R-rated comedies go, this one is modestly enjoyable but unremarkable, liable to be forgotten in, oh, say, a half hour or so. The cast is having fun and although the film is over in 1 hour and 23 minutes, you still have fun the whole time. Check out my review when you can!

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