30 Minutes or Less
30 Minutes or Less focuses on a hapless pizza delivery guy, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Jesse, what’s happened to you since Social Network? Never mind. I guess this shows he’s an actor because he’s a complete loser in this, doesn’t seem overly bright, and the idea is he’s really good at driving. It’s interesting I saw this movie the same day I saw Drive,since both of them had to do with how the drivers are misusing their marginal talent. In this one, two wretched guys who are played by Danny McBride and Nick Swardson need $100,000 to wipe out Danny McBride’s dad, who’s played by Fred Ward, because he won a $10M lottery and they come up with a dimwitted idea, or maybe bright idea of knocking him off. And then they’ll inherit the money, but they need $100,000 for somebody out of Detroit to knock him off. So they figure out the way to get $100,000 is to rob a bank, but they don’t want to do it themselves. So they have to figure out a guy who will rob it for them, so they order a pizza, and put a bomb on Jesse, so that he has to go and rob the bank. The problem about this movie, among other things, is it’s just so crude and so mean-spirited and violent as well– I mean, it’s not a terrible idea, and it’s probably been done in some kind of artsy French film before, or at least a Korean movie or Hong Kong movie, but this rude, crude stuff and violence all mixed together to appeal to fanboys doesn’t work for me. So, Jesse, I would give one point. The plot is clever enough; I would give it one point. But I’d subtract some for the rude crudeness, and it’s not really funny at all. So I’d give it one and a half stars.