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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...

Director:

Ruben Fleischer

Writers:

Michael Diliberti (screenplay), Michael Diliberti (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

A lot can happen in 30 minutes.

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

30 minutos o menos See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,330,118, 14 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,053,924, 25 September 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is suggested that the character of Travis (Nick Swardson) may be a "Juggalo" (the name for fans of the Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse). This is implied by the fact that in some scenes he is seen wearing a Jersey bearing the logo from their album Bang! Pow! Boom! He also has a release poster from that same album that can be seen in the background of Travis' room. See more »

Goofs

1:00:01 - 1:00:09 Dwayne SE P990i's numeric keypad is open when he is talking and next scene it is closed. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Features Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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The Stroke
Written and Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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What You Can Expect: 30 Minutes or Less
17 August 2013 | by ck10101980See 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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