HIT AND RUN
Hit and Run Obscenities
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell,
Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold,
Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin
Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, David
Koechner, Joy Bryant, Jess
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Executive Producer: Jim Casey, Erica Murray, Tobin
Armbrust, Guy East, Nigel
Producer: Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim
Writer: Dax Shepard
Address Comments To:Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films
12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 571-2200; Fax: (310) 571-2278
The movie opens with a young couple in bed, in a small town in Northern California. The man, whose name happens to be Charles Bronson, sincerely tells his girlfriend, Annie, how much he loves her. His words have a certain romantic appeal, and Annie tears up.
Later that day, Annie, a college teacher, is offered a job interview in Los Angeles. The job is perfect for her because it’s in her chosen specialty: anger management.
Charlie is upset about this news, because he happens to be in the federal witness protection program. And, Los Angeles is where the bank robbers he testified against still live. The jury let them go, because it didn’t accept Charlie’s testimony since Charlie was the guy driving the getaway car.
Charlie decides to drive Annie to her interview anyway, but without telling the federal marshal assigned to his case. Unfortunately for Charlie, Annie’s ex boyfriend has found out Charlie’s real name. Worse, he’s helping Charlie’s former partners locate Charlie and Annie on the road. Let the chase begin!
HIT AND RUN has many funny moments with lots of action. It becomes clear during the story that Charlie really does love Annie. Also, the bad guys get their just desserts. However, the movie contains a lot of gratuitous lewd content.
For example, the foul language is fairly constant and R-rated. Also, twice during the chase Charlie and Annie and the criminals chasing them mistakenly walk in on an orgy among six naked elderly people in a motel room. One woman is sitting in bed with her top off, and one man is standing totally naked in the room both times. Finally, the movie has a politically attitude toward homosexuality. Annie berates Charlie for using a homosexual slur to insult men who don’t like the muscle car Charlie is driving. Though their argument is played for laughs, the message is clear – negative comments about homosexual behavior aren’t allowed, and if you say anything against such behavior, you’re a hateful bigot. As if this perverted left-wing fascism isn’t strong enough, the movie turns the ex-boyfriend’s brother into a cop who’s homosexual. [SPOILER ALERT] Furthermore, it’s eventually revealed that the bumbling federal marshal “protecting” Charlie also turns out to be homosexual. Isn’t that special? Not! Of course, God tells the Hebrews in Leviticus 18 and Jesus tells everyone in Mark 7:20-23 that homosexual behavior is evil and despicable. It’s time for filmmakers, politicians, and leaders to stop promoting and excusing such wickedness.
The gratuitous nudity, frequent foul language, and politically correct content all make HIT AND RUN unacceptable viewing for intelligent, morally upstanding, media-wise people. The negative content dilutes the power of the comedy and the action. Frequent foul language is a sign of poor writing and, sometimes, of poor improvisational acting.
On a side note, it’s interesting that the movie’s writer/co-director, actor Dax Shepard, who also plays Charlie, says that Quentin Tarantino’s movies are one of the things that inspired his script and movie. Well, someone should tell Dax that, despite all of Mr. Tarantino’s ability and cinema knowledge, none of his movies has made more than $121 million and all seven of them together have averaged less than $62 million. Even worse, movies with R-rated content are averaging less and less money in recent years. They are now averaging only $10.83 million per movie in the United States and Canada, according to box office figures from The Numbers.
HIT AND RUN has many funny moments with lots of action and some light moral elements. However, there’s frequent foul language. There are also a couple excessive nude scenes designed to bring cheap laughs. Finally, the movie has some strong politically correct references to homosexuality. HIT AND RUN is unacceptable viewing for intelligent, morally upstanding media-wise viewers.