30 Minutes or Less
In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.
I had someone who saw this movie before I did tell me, “There is a lot of profanity in it, almost every other word.” They were not exaggerating by much. There IS a lot of profanity in it. So much of it that I quit counting after a while. It is throughout the entire movie. I don’t usually like starting film reviews off this way, but I truly believe some screenwriters are just too lazy to work at being creative with the dialog and so they just fill in lots of cursing and profanities. It does feature scenes from Grand Rapids, Michigan which is one of the few redeeming qualities I can think of.
I also had heard that the second half of the movie is better than the first. Granted, it is more interesting to watch in the second half with the plot thickening and the laughter coming more frequently. But with all the profanity attached to the humor, it just doesn’t cut it as a family-friendly film. Avoid this one like you would a stretch of congested traffic. With all the cursing, this movie feels that long.