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30 Minutes or Less

Score: 76%
Rating: R
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 83 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Action
Audio: English, French (PAR) 5.1 DTS-HD
           MA, English - Audio Description
           Track 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French,


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Blowing Up with the Cast and Crew
  • The Perfect Crime: Action and Comedy in 30 Minutes or Less - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary with Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Director Ruben Fleischer - Blu-ray Exclusive

30 Minutes or Less is an action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg as Nick, a pizza delivery guy who gets wrapped up in the twisted plan of two bumbling criminals who are trying to facilitate a murder. Dwayne (Danny McBride) lives at home with his military father (Fred Ward), who also happens to be a lottery winner. Dwayne wants to off his old man before he spends all of the money, so that he can fulfill his dream - to open a tanning salon/brothel. A stripper suggests he hire a hitman, Chango the Satanic Hispanic (Michael Pena), so he needs to get $100,000 together and he enlists the help of his best friend, Travis (Nick Swardson), who creates a bomb to strap to some unwitting participant in their mad scheme. When the pair see a TV ad for the pizza shop Nick works at, his fate is sealed.

Once they lure Nick out to an abandoned junkyard, knock him out and get him strapped with a bomb vest, they tell him he has 10 hours to rob a bank and get them $100,000 or the timer will blow and he'll be a goner. Nick goes to his best friend, Chet (comedian Aziz Ansari), for help because he doesn't think he can pull it off by himself, but the problem is that he and Chet are fighting over a long-ago romantic dalliance between Nick and Chet's twin, Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria). Chet puts aside his anger and the pair bumble through the bank robbery, only to discover that they've been double-crossed by Dwayne and Travis and that Chango has come to collect the cash, but without the code to disarm the bomb. Nick realizes that he and Chet have got to outwit the nitwits with the detonator if they are going to survive the day.

Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic, as always. He plays Nick perfectly, although Aziz Ansari overacts a good bit. I know he is more of a standup guy, and he's a great comedian, but I just wasn't crazy about him in this movie. He seemed to find his stride in the last half of the film a little bit better, but he's better at standup. Danny McBride plays the same role he always plays, a rude, obnoxious, foul-mouthed idiot, but he does it well. Nick Swardson is always pretty funny and he is at least somewhat likeable in his role, unlike the unapologetic McBride. Fred Ward is spot-on as Dwayne's dad.

As far as special features go, there's not a whole lot here. There is a featurette on the action and one on the cast, plus picture-in-picture commentary with the four major stars, as well as deleted scenes and outtakes. It's pretty generic stuff. As far as Blu-ray goes, the picture was crisp and clean, but this sort of film doesn't really beg for high definition because of the lack of special effects. It did have a good soundtrack, however.

30 Minutes or Less has its moments. I laughed a good bit, just not all the way through. While it's an implausible premise, Jesse Eisenberg is such a shining star that he makes the whole film worthwhile. If you are looking for some lowbrow laughs, check it out as a rental. It's just not one I'd watch over and over again.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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