Nasty, Brutish and Short 30 Minutes or Less
- Friday, August 12, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: August 12, 2011
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence)
Genre: Comedy, Crime/Gangster
Run Time: 83 min.
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Pena, Fred Ward, Bianca Kajlich
30 Minutes or Less clocks in at a lean 83 minutes, but for viewers looking for admirable characters it’s a long sit. The film is a nonstop assault on the ears, featuring stupid criminals and a protagonist who needs personal and professional direction. The movie moves fast and has a few laughs, but not nearly enough to overcome the generally distasteful characters and proceedings.
The film’s “hero” is Nick (Jesse Eisenberg, Rio), a pizza deliveryman who won’t let speed limits or traffic laws keep him from getting each order to his customers in 30 minutes or less. When not working, he hangs out with his good friend Chet (Aziz Ansari, Get Him to the Greek), a substitute teacher. Nick has feelings for Chet’s sister, Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria), despite the complications it creates in his friendship with Chet.
Those problems are magnified when Nick is targeted by bumbling, crude villains Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Nick Swardson, Just Go with It), who fancy themselves criminal masterminds. Dwayne’s father (Fred Ward, Management) sees them as layabouts who need to be steered toward legitimate work, but the pathetic duo fancy themselves entrepreneurs of a different kind. They want Dwayne’s inheritance early, so, with encouragement from a friendly stripper, he concocts a plan to hasten his dad’s demise. How? By strapping a bomb to someone’s chest, making that person rob a bank, then using the money to pay a hitman (Michael Pena, The Lincoln Lawyer) to take out Dwayne’s dad.
That “someone” turns out to be Nick. Dwayne and Travis knock Nick out, outfit him with a bomb, and tell Nick he has 10 hours to carry out the bank robbery and deliver the spoils. If not, Dwayne and Travis will detonate the bomb. The dire situation forces Nick to confess past mistakes to Kate and Chet, exacerbating tensions with Chet at the very moment he desperately needs his friend’s help.
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