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...


Ruben Fleischer


Michael Diliberti (screenplay), Michael Diliberti (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Nick
Danny McBride ... Dwayne
Aziz Ansari ... Chet
Nick Swardson ... Travis
Dilshad Vadsaria ... Kate
Michael Peña ... Chango
Bianca Kajlich ... Juicy
Fred Ward ... The Major
Sam Johnston Sam Johnston ... 15 Year Old #1
Jack Foley ... 15 Year Old #2
Elizabeth Shapiro Elizabeth Shapiro ... Chet's Date (as Elizabeth Wright Shapiro)
Brett Gelman ... Pizza Boss
Paul Tierney Paul Tierney ... Rodney
Staci Lynn Fletcher ... Family Dollar Cashier (as Staci Fletcher)
Gary Brichetto 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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Did You Know?


Michael Peña and Danny McBride both starred in Observe and Report (2009). See more »


During the pen gun scene, while Chango has The Major at gunpoint, the camera alternates between the frontal and rear shots of Chango. You can see his trigger finger switches between being on the trigger when seen from behind but outside the trigger guard and resting alongside the frame when seen from the front. See more »


[from trailer]
Dwayne: Sometimes fate pulls out its big ol' cock and slaps you right in face.
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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 Aliens (1986) See more »


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Stupid, but fun.
5 August 2015 | by troyputlandSee all my reviews

30 Minutes or Less is one short film, but snappier than a angry crocodile. The story's ludicrous, but sustains our suspension of disbelief. An immature man (Dany McBride), living under a strict, wealthy father, plots his assassination. Along with his not-as-stupid-but-still-stupid best friend (Nick Swardson), they strap a bomb to a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg), and force him to rob a bank, so they can pay for a hit-man to bump off McBride's father. McBride and Swardson's stupidity match their unquestionable plans. The bank robbery's not exaggerated or understated thanks to the directing skills of Ruben Fleischer (known for Zombieland) and the main man Jesse Eisenberg. Now comfortable in the comedy field, Eisenberg naturally juggles humour with nerves. 30 Minutes or Less is chock-full of humour, action and energetic dialogue, all the while keeping character's traits. 30MoL comes with a weakness though: Danny McBride. He manages to uphold the 'biggest moron' and 'biggest typecast' awards, producing the fewest laughs. Aziz Ansari however, picks up the award for the most. He's the yin to Eisenberg's yang, joining Eisenberg on the nightmare of all days.

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Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,330,118, 14 August 2011

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2.35 : 1
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