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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  12 August 2011 (USA)
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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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Sam Johnston ...
15 Year Old #1
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Chet's Date (as Elizabeth Wright Shapiro)
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Pizza Boss
Paul Tierney ...
Rodney
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Family Dollar Cashier
Gary Brichetto ...
Mr. Fisher
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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

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A lot can happen in 30 minutes.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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

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12 August 2011 (USA)  »

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30 minutos o menos  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The plot of the film is similar to a real life incident that occurred in 2003 to pizza delivery man Brian Douglass Wells. See more »

Goofs

When talking about Kate's promotion, Nick says, "We don't even have a Radisson here." There is in fact a Radisson Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. See more »

Quotes

Nick: Remember graduation night?
Chet: When you were nailing Tina Scotto?
Nick: Actually, I was having the best night of my life with your sister.
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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 »


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Entertaining, but not totally satisfactory
25 January 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer's first film, combined horror and comedy with an entertaining, but not very memorable, result. 30 Minutes or Less, his second film, combines comedy and thriller, but the result is exactly at the same level of the one from Zombieland.

30 Minutes or Less counts with a generally well written screenplay, likable characters and dialogs, and solid direction. But on the other hand, I did not find the comic component particularly funny, nor balanced with the dramatic elements in the correct proportions.

If the comic elements from 30 Minutes or Less had been deleted, the movie would have been an efficient thriller. However, the comedy changes the identity from the story pretty much, lightening its tone and occasionally sabotaging the tension we should have felt. The general effect is a curious amalgam of action and suspense, spiced with humor elements, which do not work on various moments. Nevertheless, I occasionally smiled during the movie...but not enough moments in order to consider 30 Minutes or Less a solid comedy. Let's say that this film was forced to work inside a genre it was not designed for.

Jesse Eisenberg brings a competent performance in 30 Minutes or Less as a normal man who is bound to reaction to the buffoons which surround him. The great Fred Ward is perfect in his role, and it was a pleasure to see him with the same intensity with which he amazed me 27 years ago in the underrated film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. As for Dilshad Vadsaria, she is only employed as a pretty face, and her character is not very well written.

In conclusion, I think 30 Minutes or Less is an entertaining, but not very memorable, "thrill-omedy", whose main pros are the work from the cast and Fleischer's direction, something which makes it worthy of a moderate recommendation. However, I think the screenplay could have gone further in every single sense.


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