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30 Minutes or Less [DVD] 
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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 volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere 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.
Rambunctious and unpredictable, action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less manages to be simultaneously cynical and softhearted, which is quite a trick. A disgruntled pizza delivery guy named Nick (The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg) gets his life hijacked by two dimwitted yet canny thugs (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), who need $100,000 to hire a hit man--so they strap a bomb to Nick and order him to rob a bank. So many little twists and turns follow that it would ruin the fun to describe the plot any further; suffice it to say that 30 Minutes or Less takes a high-concept idea and grounds it in well-written characters, an outstanding cast, and some brutally funny bits. But what really makes 30 Minutes or Less so sympathetic is not the buddy relationship between Nick and his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation), though that's thoroughly enjoyable--it's the buddy relationship between the two would-be hoodlums that holds the movie's heart. McBride has stolen scenes in dozens of comedies now; his ability to be a complete, unrepentant lummox and yet shimmer with charisma is unmatched. Swardson (from Reno 911!) miraculously matches McBride's comic chutzpah. They are ridiculous and surly buffoons, and they are a delight. --Bret Fetzer
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laughs and silliness that makes Mister Bean look like Albert Einstein!
and... no fish... or eggs on MY pizza!
Nick is left with little choice other than to go through with the plan, assisted by his long-time best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari - Observe And Report) who despite his initial reluctance, gets fully into the act. Will the guys manage to raise & deliver the cash before Dwayne & Travis' ineptitude blows the bomb?
Well, anyone would have thought this theme might have been a little insensitive as very similar events to these actually happened to a pizza-guy - but controversy aside - this is director Ruben Fleischer & Jesse Eisenberg's second outing together; the first being the hugely successful Zombieland.
What follows is actually not half-bad; Ansari's highly-strung character provides a lot of the laughs as Eisenberg comes across as a neurotic (probably due to the fact the character is wearing a bomb-vest) but it's his usual rendition of an anaemic-snivelling-loser. McBride & Swardson provide a lot of humour as the bungling day-dreaming duo, again it's not outside of anyone's comfort zone and all of these lot run the risk of being heavily type-cast. Michael Peña (Everything Must Go) makes an appearance as the hapless hitman. Nonetheless this provides slap-stick after one-liner for nearly an hour and a half straight, which is something that should be valued. Sure, it's brainless - but it's a lot of fun along the way.
Extra Content: There is the usual suite of deleted scenes & out-takes, a 'making-of' featurette called "Blowing up with the cast & crew" - The BR comes with more exclusive content; a picture-in-picture running-commentary with the main characters, another featurette & an exclusive 30 Minutes or Less PS3 wallpaper/theme thingy.
All in all, it's a bit slapstick, you'll laugh, but not for any length of time; fortunately the jokes don't let up and I came away smiling. Worth a watch!!
The subplot involves Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) adult versions of Beavis and Butthead who lack jobs, perhaps the real stars of this film.
Eisenberg is involved in an early conversation about "Facebook" something he claims he doesn't do anymore, a reference to a previous film.
The plot starts out complex and inane. Dwayne's dad (Fred Ward) has money which Dwayne believes he will inherit. A stripper(Bianca Kajlich) knows a hit man and suggests to him during a lap dance that he bump off his dad. The rub is that the hit man needs $100,000 first. So the duo decide to get the cash from a bank robbery which they will make someone else perform...such as our pizza boy. And of course nothing goes as planned as everything takes multiple comical twists.
The movie had numerous LOL funny lines...."Just like the Marines. If you screw up, we leave your ... behind!" The stupidity of the bad guys is what makes this film funny. Eisenberg's character was a bit lame and needed some comic help.
Solid 4 1/2 STARS.
F-bomb, crude humor, adult situations, nudity (Bianca Kajlich).
The premise for ‘30’ is a simple one, but well played; especially by the no good Dwayne and Travis. McBride is an acquired taste, but when he plays to his stereotype like Dwayne he is very good – a horrible person, but that is what you want from a comedic bad guy. Plaudits should also go to Swardson as the rather foolish Travis, here he breaks out from under the wing of Adam Sandler and is much better for it. As well as some good performances there is a solid script with some amusing set pieces; the bickering between the various friendship groups is very funny and feels quite realistic.
In a world in which many comedies have no actual moments of humour, ‘30’ is a breath of fresh air. It is a little basic and crass at times, but at a breezy 83 minutes running time it does not outstay its welcome and is a fun comedy film when had with a few beers.
As with many comedy films, high definition is not really needed to enjoy the film. There are actually plenty of extras on the DVD of the film with commentary from cast and crew and some featurettes about the making of.
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