In another case of a cast that looks better on paper than it works in practice, the comedy â€œ30 Minutes or Lessâ€ tapers off where it should be taking off.
The movie stars a power duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari as nobody Michigan friends Nick and Chet.
Nick is a twenty-something pizza delivery boy who gets captured by two losers (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) and wakes up with a bomb strapped to his chest.
McBrideâ€™s character suggests the â€œgeniusâ€ ultimatum to have Nick rob a bank to get the $100,000 needed to pay the hit man he hires to kill his dad.
The only thing more disturbing than McBrideâ€™s idea and his over-the-top slimeball delivery is that the filmâ€™s premise actually happened in real life.
Why a movie was made about it, I donâ€™t know.
The filmâ€™s laughs mainly come from dark situational comedy rather than relying on the talent of its cast.
Eisenberg and Ansari provide chuckles by doing little more than wimpy banter back and forth.
It is disappointing to know that both of the actors are capable of providing huge laughs but are held back here. Especially when Eisenberg and director Ruben Fleischerâ€™s previous movie â€œZombielandâ€ was such a breakout hit.
But for what itâ€™s worth, â€œ30 Minutes or Lessâ€ has its moments.
A flamethrower and an extreme car chase scene highlight the film.
And another unusual strength, â€œ30 Minutes or Lessâ€ is short. At just under an hour and a half, it moves at a fast pace and avoids drag.
I just wish the script was as quick.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at email@example.com.
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