30 Minutes or Less
Barely 30 Laughs or Less
Release Date: August 12, 2011
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny
McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick
Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria,
Michael Peña, Fred Ward,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 83 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Ruben Fleisher
Executive Producer: Monica Levinson, Brian Levy
Producer: Ben Stiller, Jeremy Kramer,
Writer: Michael Diliberti
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/
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.
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.