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Barely 30 Laughs or Less

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Release Date: August 12, 2011

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Peña, Fred Ward, Bianca Kajlich

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 83 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment (Columbia Pictures/TriStar/Screen Gems/Affirm Films)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000; Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(PaPaPa, Ho, AP, LLL, VV, SS, NN, A, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview seeking money and personal pleasure rather than God, some homosexual references, antagonist’s Marine father is mean and crude; at least 325 obscenities (many “f” words), 11 strong profanities, two light profanities, one obscene gesture; strong violence with comic angle includes two fledgling criminals tie dynamite around pizza delivery guy to make him rob bank, people hit and knocked out, man shot in stomach, fighting, man hit in neck with pen gun, woman tosses gun and it hits man in leg, armed bank robbery, man burnt up with flame thrower, explosion; strong sexual content includes nude dancing, half-naked woman sits on man’s lap in strip joint, crude comments, a couple homosexual jokes, implied fornication, implied oral sex; upper female nudity in one long scene and brief upper male nudity; alcohol use and man promises teenagers to buy them beer but he’s lying; at least one marijuana reference; and, lying, stealing, bank robbery but ultimately rebuked, kidnapping, extortion, man hires hitman to kill his father who won’t share lottery money.

Summary:

30 MINUTES OR LESS is an R-rated comedy about a pizza delivery guy who’s kidnapped, strapped down with dynamite and ordered to rob a bank of $100,000, or else. 30 MINUTES OR LESS could have been very funny, but it’s loaded down with constant foul language and other crude content that wipe out nearly all its comic potential.

Review:

30 MINUTES OR LESS may have been a very funny comedy, if it hadn’t decided to take the low road. Alas, it was not to be.

The basic story is about a delivery man, Nick, working for a 30 minutes or less pizza restaurant, who is kidnapped by two masked fledgling criminals, Dwayne and Travis. They strap a dynamite vest onto Nick and order him to rob a local bank in 10 hours. Dwayne wants to hire a hitman to kill his mean father, who won the lottery but won’t let Dwayne spend any of the money. He and Travis tell Nick they will give him the code to unstrap the dynamite vest when he gives them $100,000 from the bank.

Nick gets help robbing the bank from his friend Chet, who’s the brother of Kate, the pretty girl Nick is dating, without Chet’s knowledge. In a funny sequence, Nick and Chet just barely get away with robbing the bank. When Nick goes to meet Dwayne and give him the money, Dwayne has the hitman show up to collect instead, but he doesn’t have the code to unstrap the dynamite vest from Nick.

With help from Chet, Nick gets away from the hitman. Dwayne and Travis then kidnap Chet’s sister to force them to bring the money. More comic mayhem ensues.

This basic plot is ripe for a lot of comic fun. The filmmakers, however, load the movie down with constant foul language and other crude content. This makes 30 MINUTES OR LESS unacceptable for media-wise viewers. Here’s another movie unwittingly proving the premise that clean comedy is the funniest, most rewarding kind of comedy you can find. Too bad it’s so rare in today’s Entertainment Industry.

In Brief:

30 MINUTES OR LESS is another R-rated comedy. It’s about Nick, a pizza delivery guy who’s kidnapped by a couple masked fledgling criminals, Dwayne and Travis. Dwayne and Travis strap dynamite onto Nick’s body and order him to rob a bank so Dwayne can hire a hitman to kill his father, who won the lottery. Nick gets help robbing the bank from his friend Chet, who’s the brother of Kate, the pretty girl Nick is dating, without Chet’s knowledge. In a funny sequence, Nick and Chet barely get away with robbing the bank. Nick goes to meet Dwayne and give him the money. The hitman shows up to collect instead, but he doesn’t have the code to unstrap the dynamite vest from Nick. More comic mayhem ensues.

30 MINUTES OR LESS could have been very funny, if it hadn’t decided to take the low road. The filmmakers, however, load the movie down with constant foul language and other crude content. This makes 30 MINUTES OR LESS unacceptable for media-wise viewers. Here’s another movie unwittingly proving the premise that clean comedy is the funniest, most rewarding kind of comedy you can find.