30 Minutes or Less - 3 out of 5
Here's the story...The Generic Brand Michael Cera is a pizza delivery guy who is duped by Kenny "Fucking" Powers and the rollerskater gay man; Terry into robbing a bank by strapping a bomb to his chest. Left with no choice, the Generic Brand Michael Cera enlists the help of Tom Haverford in the heist. The plan is for Kenny "Fucking" Powers and Terry to use the money to hire a hitman to kill Kenny's father, Earl Bassett. Then, if all goes as plan, hilarity should ensue.
|Fred Ward (Tremor's Earl Bassett) was in this film? I thought he was dead. Seriously, Fred, I thought you were dead.|
Sadly, it really doesn't...much.
30 Minutes or Less had some great promise to it. The story is ripe for a dark comedy (and, believe it or not, a situation similar to the story actually happened. The writer claims he had no knowledge of the real-life event). However, two major problems stopped the film from hitting what could have been either a good or great comedy and ended up landing directly in the mildly amusing category. The problems being cast and the writing. I will give the writing a slight pass because it was the first motion length film by a former grunt worker in the industry (he use to be an assistant); Michael Diliberti. You can see that he's really trying in the film even though most of his gags fall flat on their face. Assuming gags actually have faces.
The second problem comes in the form of the cast. Now there's some really funny people here but the problem is we're seeing them do the exact same schtick we've seen them do a hundred times over. The Generic Brand Michael Cera a.k.a. Jesse Eisenberg is sticking to his method of playing the same character he's played in every single film he's been in--you know, the socially awkward, mysteriously arrogant and always talking down about others around him for being cliches yet his act is cliche in itself. That individual he always plays and somehow gets cast in films for it. Is there really that much of a call for this annoying character that ends up hurting comedic flow more than helping it? I'll never know.
|I can't be the only one who thinks his voice sounds like someone rapidly turning the volume up and down on a radio.|
|It's nice to see Swardson get work without Adam|
Sandler getting it for him.
|I can't wait till McBride starts playing someone OTHER than Kenny Powers.|
The true shining light in this movie comes in the form of Aziz Ansari--know mostly for his performance as Tom Haverford in Parks & Recreation. While the character he portrays in this one often resembles his character on the hit comedy series, he does offers the true, from the gut, laughs that this movie will sparingly give to you. Sure, most of his jokes are repetitive and you will find yourself saying, "Wait, didn't I just see that same joke no less than 30 seconds ago?" but when you consider that any truly hilarious scene will never come, you kinda take what you can get.
|Sure Ansari is a one-joke pony in this movie but he's really the only funny you'll get from this one. Take it or leave it.|
|Dudes in monkey masks? Why wasn't this movie absolutely|