This week in theaters, actor Jesse Eisenberg reunites with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in one of the most easy-to-watch, entertaining comedies of the summer, 30 Minutes or Less. From its stellar comedic cast to it’s fast-paced storyline that never leaves you hanging, I found this to be one of the most straight-forward movies that delivers what we all want when we go to see a comedy, lots of laughs in 83 minutes, no more no less…

The Players:

The Plot:

Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else…

The Good:

  • Run Time: I for one am sick and tired of sitting in a cinema being bored while filmmakers think that longer run-times give the audience a better experience. They don’t! Especially not in a comedy. In a comedy audiences want to get in, laugh, eat popcorn, be distracted from all the horrible shit in life and then go home with a grin on their face and that’s exactly what this film does. The plot itself gives the film a sense of urgency and the film follows suit. This is definitely not a film you’ll be noticing your ass going numb in.
  • Jesse: He’s firmly established himself as one of the best, straight-faced comedians currently working. His performance is as quick-witted as the film is fast-paced and his serious nature helps add to the severity of the situation making it all the more intense and hysterical.
  • The Comedic Team: Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari and the unexpected Michael Peña all provided a much need comedy backing of all different kinds for the film. All four actors brought their own style to the table and had their own moments to shine. Michael Peña had a smaller role, but one that was absolutely hysterical and was the one person who really stood out of the pack.
  • Embracing its “R”: This is an “R” rated film and there’s really no questioning it. They embraced their “R” rating and really had fun with it. It’s nice to see a comedy so obviously directed at adult audiences and not be filled with “poo” jokes.

The So-So:

  • Depth: The film did not have a lot of depth to it. Maybe because of it’s pacing, nothing ever got to deep nor never felt too important. I for one enjoyed the simplicity of the film and saw the movie for what it was, but I don’t know if this will be a film that people will remember a decade from now.

Overall:

This is not a film that breaks any new grounds, but it does its job very well and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of fun, escapism.

Rating: 7.8/10

30 Minutes or Less in theaters August 12th.

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