August 13, 2011

30 Minutes or Less - 2011

Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Michael Diliberti
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Michael Peña

During a standard pizza delivery gone horribly wrong, Nick (Eisenberg) finds himself enlisting the aid of his friend Dwayne (Ansari) after a couple of goons (McBride & Swardson) strap a bomb to him and force him to rob a bank for them.

The RottenTomatoes rating for this film does it no justice. While the moneymaking aspect of the script seems a bit contrived at times, and Ansari doesn't cease to annoy me, the rest of the cast is pretty much spot-on. Eisenberg's great, even though he couldn't be further away from last year's turn as Zuckerberg. In addition, McBride and Swardson look like exactly the sort of guys who would come up with a harebrained get-rich-quick scheme. The jokes mostly land well, and the climax of the film (despite a significant plothole) rivals that of Blues Brothers, albeit relying on a bit too much CGI. Not up to par with the first Fleischer/Eisenberg collaboration, but still an entertaining hour an a half. B+

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