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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

R  |   |  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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


When Nick takes the bomb vest off, his T-shirt is soaked in sweat, but not a minute later when they are driving away, his red shirt is dry. See more »


Dwayne: This is like the Marines. If you hesitate, if you fuck around, I will leave you behind.
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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 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) See more »


Tick Tick Boom
Written by Nicholaus Arson (as Randy Fitzsimmons)
Performed by The Hives
Courtesy of Interscope Records/Polydor Records Ltd. (UK)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

What You Can Expect: 30 Minutes or Less
17 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What you can expect is a strong cast trying to carry a story that doesn't have a ton of great material to work with. It sounds like it would be an interesting and funny film by the plot, but the material isn't outstanding.

Acting/Casting: 7* - The cast is great and the acting is on par. All of the cast give you exactly what you would anticipate. Eisenberg is a timid and scared pizza guy with a bomb strapped to his chest, Aziz Ansari plays his not so helpful sidekick, and Danny McBride and Nick Swardson play your idiot criminals. I thought this group did a nice job and the acting and comedy is solid.

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 6* - Ruben Fleischer didn't have the strength of a script like Zombieland to make this film great, but I do believe he did the best he could with the story at hand. He has some unique qualities to his film making and therefore I give a small bump to this score.

Plot/Characters: 5.5* - The plot sounds intriguing and funny with a lot of potential, but in my opinion never really gets off the ground. This is Michael Diliberti's first produced screenplay, so I guess you could say that this was somewhat expected. At the end of the day, this is the weak point of the film.

Entertainment Value: 6* - This is a marginally entertaining film, but I felt it had the potential to be much funnier with the cast that it had available. That said, it still worth a watch for adult comedy fans.

My Score: 7+6+5.5+6 = 24.5/4 = 6.125

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