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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

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Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Johnston ...
15 Year Old #1
15 Year Old #2
Chet's Date (as Elizabeth Wright Shapiro)
Pizza Boss
Paul Tierney ...
Family Dollar Cashier (as Staci Fletcher)
Gary Brichetto ...
Mr. Fisher


The not so smart Dwayne intends to open a massage parlor with his partner Travis, but he does not have money for the investment. He decides to hire a hit-man to kill his father, The Major, who won a large amount of money in the lottery years ago, but the killer demands US$ 100,000 for the job. Dwayne and Travis kidnap the pizza delivery boy Nick and they dress Nick in a vest with a timer and several bombs. Then Dwayne tells Nick that he has ten hours to rob US$ 100,000 from a bank. Once he does, he would give Nick the code to release the vest. Nick summons his best friend Chet to help him in the heist but the scheme does not work the way Dwayne has plotted. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A lot can happen in 30 minutes.


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

30 minutos o menos  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,330,118 (USA) (12 August 2011)


$37,053,924 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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Did You Know?


The character of Dwayne is obviously a big fan of 1980's thrash metal. The shirt he wears for the majority of the film is the album cover from Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (1986). Additionally, Dwayne's ringtone is "Raining Blood" by Slayer from their album "Reign in Blood" (1986). See more »


In the shot after the Datsun gets flipped by the police car, there are clearly no cops in the car. See more »


[during the bank robbery, to a man sporting a handlebar moustache]
Chet: Quit lookin' at me, moustache!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is an ad for Dwayne's tanning/prostitution parlor, Major Tan. See more »


References Contra (1987) See more »


Tick Tick Boom
Written by Nicholaus Arson (as Randy Fitzsimmons)
Performed by The Hives
Courtesy of Interscope Records/Polydor Records Ltd. (UK)
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What a waste of time
4 September 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I expected better from the director of Zombieland. A pizza delivery guy is kidnapped by 2 criminals and has a bomb strapped to his chest. He has 10 hours to rob a bank or he will explode. This movie clearly wanted to be a comedy but the writer forgot to include any actual jokes. Are the makers of this film so deluded they think characters swearing and making vulgar jokes is actually funny? The only achievement of this aggressively forgettable comedy is making Jesse Eisenberg unlikable, which is pretty impressive. Aside from some admittedly suspenseful car chases and some good direction, this is as unlikable as they come. You know a film's in trouble when the only funny scene takes place during a bank robbery. This movie is literally unpleasant characters being horrible to each other for 83 minutes. It's about as funny as Crash, and more depressing than funny.

The acting is pretty weak, with everyone playing an unlikable character. This movie is yet more evidence that making the jokes ruder doesn't make them funnier. I barely laughed because I couldn't even see any jokes, just loads of vulgar dialogue which was being mistaken for jokes. If this is you type of humour, maybe you'll find this funny but a lot of people will hate it. It's racist, sexist, mean spirited and truly ugly, and as it's less than 90 minutes long it feels rushed and unforgivably slight. It's depressing to see the director of Zombieland waste his evident talents on this rubbish, and not even his talents can save this nauseating, reprehensible, numbingly unfunny and totally rotten movie. You may want to bring the sick bags.


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