Hit And Run 2012

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Dax Shepard writes, directs and stars in this fast-paced, low-budget car chase action comedy. After testifying against some bad people he was associated with in Los Angeles, former getaway driver Charlie Bronson (Shepard) is placed under the Witness Protection Plan to keep him safe. However, when his girlfriend, Annie (Kristen Bell) - who is unaware of his troubled past - is offered an interview for her dream job in LA, Charlie manfully puts his safety to one side and agrees to drive her there. Unfortunately, he hasn't allowed for the jealously of Annie's ex, Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), who discovers Charlie's former identity and passes the details to the relevant people. Soon Charlie and Annie find themselves involved in a high speed pursuit, with vengeful gangsters, federal agents and their loyal Witness Protection Agent, Randy (Tom Arnold), on their tail...

Starring:
David Koechner, Kristin Chenoweth
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring David Koechner, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Arnold, Kristen Bell, Michael Rosenbaum, Beau Bridges, Joy Bryant, Ryan Hansen, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard
Director Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Genres Comedy
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 February 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring David Koechner, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Arnold, Kristen Bell, Michael Rosenbaum, Beau Bridges, Joy Bryant, Ryan Hansen, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard
Director Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Genres Comedy
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release Not currently released
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Charles (Dax Shepard), not his real name, is in the Witness Protection Program (WPP) in the sleepy little town of Milton. Randy (Tom Arnold) who is a fallen from grace, inept federal marshal is assigned to watch over him. Annie (Kristen Bell) is Charles' girlfriend. She knows he is in the Program, but not the details. Gil (Michael Rosenbaum) is Annie's ex-bf who is still in love with her.

When Annie gets offered a job in LA, Charles insists she go take it, and he opts to drive her himself in his 700 HP "suicide doors" Lincoln. They are chased by Gil, Randy, Gil's brother Terry (Jess Rowland) who is a gay policeman, and bad guy Alex (Bradley Cooper), the reason why Charles is in the WPP to begin with.

The film turns into "Smokey and the Bandit" with gun fire. The unorthodox relationship of the two stars is the heart of the film. Annie is an expert in solving non-violent conflict solutions and Charles is...well let's say he is trying.

The second half of the film digresses. I won't say it falls off a cliff, but it could have been done better in this romantic action/comedy.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, some really ugly nudity, male nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 15 April 2014
Format: DVD
I wasn't expecting much from this one, I watched it on the recommendation of a friend whose taste in film is suspect at times. Anyway, it turned out to be pretty good, certainly worth a watch.

There's an effective love story at the heart of it, Dax Shepard putting everything on the line to come out of witness protection and transport his partner Kristen Bell across the country for a job opportunity. The chemistry between the two is good and there's able comic support from Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper (almost unrecognisable under long dreadlocks) and Smallvilles Michael Rosenbaum (almost unrecognisable with just a little hair).

The film follows the path of a standard road movie as the couple flee across the country pursued by various characters. There's a decent amount of action and a few laughs to keep things moving. Not a classic but good fun overall.
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Format: Blu-ray
I had VERY low expectations for this film, as it looked like it could be a bad 'white guys play gangsta' thriller that was trying to be funny.
Instead, it's a sweetly funny and very inventive relationship comedy, where Dax Sheppard plays an ex-criminal holed up in witness protection who decides to risk everything by driving his loving girlfriend to the job interview of her dreams. The characters are written with the kind of dedication to giving everybody dream lines that only an actor could bring, with the scenes rich with wildly inventive dialogue that also manages to feel honestly true to life and sweet. It's also brilliantly funny at some moments, and highly unpredictable. Most of the story events trigger off human behaviour rather than some lame forced 'plot' element, and while it uses a few quite brave gags, it also manages to confront a few lazy Hollywood stereotypes through the use of smartly witty writing.
The action is fun, the characters are fascinating and terrific to spend time with, and the ending is satisfying. If you watch this film with very specific expectations of what you're going to get (ie: "I want a chase movie with gags" or "I want an action film with gangsters") you're probably going to be very disappointed as it straddles a few genres. If you just go with it and let it surprise you, you'll have a great time.
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Format: DVD
Hit and Run is written, directed and stars Dax Shepard as `Charles Bronson' - a man who lives under the Witness Protection Scheme, but leaves his newfound identity to drive his girlfriend across America to get to an important job interview in Los Angeles.

It's a road movie where he falls foul with just about everyone he comes to meet (and has met), leading them to chase him until the bitter end.

If you read the other reviews, you'll find that people either love or hate the film. Some find it completely unfunny, while others describe it as the perfect (low-budget) date movie. I'm somewhere in the middle. I certainly didn't find it a classic. There were some funny moments, but they were too thin on the ground for the film to fall into an out and out comedy, plus Tom Arnold's character was just trying too hard to be whacky and just ended up being annoying. However, no matter how annoying his character was, he was easy to get along with compared to the leading lady. She came across as `whiter than white' and way too preachy.

A lot of people have pointed to its dialogue being `too politically correct' and bashed the movie for being nothing more than `liberal propaganda.' I didn't really pick up on this, but apparently it annoyed quite a few people.

All in all, it's not a bad film. It has its funny moments and a few exciting chases. Bradley Cooper shines in every scene he's in (clearly enjoying playing something other than his `good-boy' image), but he's not in it enough.

It's not a bad way to spend an evening, although it could possibly be a little shorter, as it does tend to drag in the middle.
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