Still, Hit and Run is "alive" on screen. It’s better than most late-August releases (free movie industry tip: this pre-Labor Day window is when studios dump their lesser products, hoping for one or two profitable weekends before kids return to school and the studios turn their attention to high-brow awards contenders).

Hit and Run won’t be up for any of those awards, but it has some memorable moments and supporting performances. That’s not enough to merit a recommendation, but it’s more than this critic expected.


  • Language/Profanity: Lord’s name taken in vain; steady use of foul language throughout, including numerous uses of the “f”-word; crude reference to masturbation and to the male sex organ; “hope to hell”; “t-ts”; “fags”; “b-tches”; racial jokes; “pu--y”
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: A woman recommends Xanax mixed with alcohol, which she says “supercharges” the drug’s effect; later, Xanax is offered to the woman; people drink wine
  • Sex/Nudity: Kissing; Charlie and Annie are shown in bed a couple of times from the shoulders up; they discuss STDs; a woman casually mentions that she used to black out, get date raped and have abortions; bare-chested men; running jokes about gay men who use an app called “Pouncer” to hook up; description of various sex acts; story about prison rape is played for laughs; male and female frontal nudity; woman shown wrapped in a towel after showering; a woman puts her clothes on, and we see her underwear
  • Violence/Crime: Charlie is a former getaway driver for bank robbers; a man uses a leash to drag another man, then points a gun at him and threatens to beat him to death; a gun in a car bounces around and fires several times; a man is struck in the nose with a golf club; a woman is punched and kidnapped
  • Marriage: Marriage isn’t part of the discussion, but Annie tells Dax she isn’t sure she can trust him and stay in a committed relationship

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Publication date: August 24, 2012