30 Minutes or Less

Two crooks planning a bank heist wind up abducting a pizza delivery guy and force him to commit the robbery — giving him a strict time limit to boot.

Year: 2011
Certificate: 15
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Jesse EisenbergDanny McBrideAziz AnsariNick SwardsonDilshad VadsariaMichael PeñaBianca KajlichFred Ward

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/70167074

A fun, if at times silly, film with a strong cast and decent story

After a month of reviewing and watching horror films I thought it would make a nice change to watch something more laid back so this week I picked the ‘late night comedy’ film “30 Minutes or Less”. In case you’re not familiar with Netflix’s genre description of ‘late night comedy’ I’ll describe it as, essentially, a silly, often ridiculous, film that requires little to no brain power to watch. Some can be terrible, some can be great – you never really know what you’re letting yourself in for.

We start the film with an action packed scene of Mark Zuckerberg, I mean Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), racing his battered old car to deliver a pizza before 30 minutes are up – if he doesn’t make it then the pizza is free. This fact is abused by kids that live on the outskirts of town who want free food. Nick, as we learn in these early scenes, isn’t stupid and still knows how to get paid even after the 30 minutes or less rule is broken. It’s not long until we meet Nick’s love interest, Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria), as well as his best mate Chet (Aziz Ansari).

Early on it’s clear to see that the cast had fun making this film and the on-screen antics of these friends are very true to life. They’re just kids goofin’ around and winding each other up. There are a good number of laugh out loud moments between Nick and Chet as well as with Kate – it is a typical ‘late night comedy’ and it doesn’t try to be anything else.

So, we’ve already met Nick and Chet but what about the other two guys on the poster? Well, these are Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) who have a special job for our pizza delivery guy, Nick. Dwayne has big dreams of opening his own massage parlour and decides that if he kills his dad he can get his $1 million inheritance early – the only problem is he needs $100,000 to hire a hitman to do the job. Along with Travis he comes up with a plan to force someone to rob a bank and Nick is the lucky victim who ends up with a vest made of bombs strapped to his chest. He has 10 hours to get Dwayne’s money and get the code to deactivate the bombs.

While this is a late night comedy, it did strike me as being somewhat similar to the Pizza Bomber Case covered in the Netflix true-crime series “Evil Genius” and I did start to wonder if it would continue to be funny or if it would end up more of a drama – like many comedies often do. However, my worries were unfounded. Throughout the film there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and it never takes itself too seriously.

Dwayne’s plan doesn’t quite go the way he expected and this is what leads to the bulk of the film. It’s difficult to describe without giving away spoilers but it’s an entertaining and fun film and the addition of Michael Peña as the assassin Chango rounds out the cast nicely. It’s not a serious film, there’s lots of swearing, it’s silly, it’s a little bit predictable and it’s probably not a film I would watch again. However, after a stressful week it was an enjoyable film to switch off to and just have fun. The cast are great, the jokes are funny and the story was entertaining too – sometimes that’s all you need.

Oh, and hang around after the credits too…

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