30 Minutes or Less

12 Aug

30 Minutes or Less is the story of two sets of friends’ whose worlds collide.  First, there’s Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) a pizza delivery guy and his frenemy Chet (Aziz Ansari). The two have a heart to heart talk in which they share deep secrets about things they have done to each other.  This chat results in their getting so angry that they end up tussling on the floor and decide to no longer be pals.

Then there’s the low lives Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), who decide that the best way to come up with the money to start their tanning salon-prostitution business is to kidnap Nick and force him to rob a bank –  putting a bomb around his chest as an incentive.   With no one else to turn to, Nick is forced make amends and seek the help of ex-best friend, Chet.

 30 Minutes or Less is another one of those sophomoric films targeting the teen – young adult male audience.  It starts off with moronic behavior such as Dwayne and Travis acting as if they are humping a character on the screen of a floor to ceiling, big screen TV. I thought to myself I gave up the chance to see Glee 3-D for this?  (Glee was screening at the same time right across the street.)  But once the two humpers kidnap Nick, the film actually becomes interesting.  It’s fast paced with lots of action. The story and character development are strong.  And at 103 minutes it’s just the right length.

On our Cast Diversity rating it gets a “B+”.   Aziz Ansari who plays Chet is one of the main stars. Ansari is a first generation American born to immigrant parents from India. Dilshad Vadsaria who plays Chet’s twin sister, Nick’s love interest and a source of conflict between the guys, was born in Pakistan, although she is of Greek, Portuguese and Indian descent.  There are also many other people of color in various supporting roles.

30 Minutes or Less gets a RENT IT rating.  While it definitely has some entertainment value, there is no need to rush to the theater to see it.

Again, its 103 minutes and is rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence.


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