30 Minutes or Less – Review

This weekend, I got a chance to see the movie “30 Minutes or Less” with Jesse Eisenberg.  The only real reason I watched this movie is that it was produced by the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer.  In my opinion, Zombieland  is one of the best dark comedies of the last ten years.  However, the same cannot be said of this movie.

While it has its moments of amusement and hilarity, I can’t but feel as if the entire movie was thrown together.  The story is formulaic and overdone.  So many of the same elements you would find in any comedy.  Dead beat guy who has no direction in his life.  Guy trying to get girl who has direction in her life.  Guy thrust into a crime against his will.  Two bumbling criminals who have the tables turned on them.  Pretty much every crime comedy I’ve ever seen.

Be that as it may, it is not the worst movie I’ve ever seen.  Jesse Eisenberg plays the same awkward, self-deprecating character he always plays, and his role was less than remarkable.  He is outshined by Danny McBride (Pineapple Express and Land of the Lost) and Nick Swardson (Reno 911), who interact seamlessly and comfortably throughout the film. 

If you’re looking for something to watch, and you just aren’t finding anything, this movie will kill two hours and provide a few memorable laughs.  Go into it with low expectations and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  However, if you want something more fulfilling in this genre, I would suggest:

  • Pineapple Express
  • Strange Wilderness
  • Land of the Lost

Rated: R
Review: 2 Stars

One reply on “30 Minutes or Less – Review”

Good call. I too am a massive Zombieland fanboy (“I’m not great at farewells, so, uuuuhhhh that’ll do pig” is one of my favourite lines in the past ten years).

30 mins is OK, but it’s not much more and the trailer reveals all of the best laughs – as you mention McBride and Swanson are the two best things about this.

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