New In Theaters Review: Being Funny for 30 Minutes or Less…Um I mean 30 Minutes or Less

In the movie 30 minutes or less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a pizza delivery guy in a small town. He doesn’t like his job, but he also doesn’t have much motivation to do much else. On a normal delivery of a pizza, Nick encounters two guys (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) disguised in mask that overpower him and knock him out. Nick wakes up to find that the two have strapped a homemade bomb to his chest and are now demanding that he rob a bank for $100,000 dollars before the end of 10 hours or they will detonate the bomb. With no one else to turn to, Nick rushes to his now ex-friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) for help in completing his mission. As their time is running out to finish the task at hand, they must overcome police, a hired assassin, and dealing with one another if Nick is going to have any chance at surviving this dangerous race against time.

I thought that this would be a funny movie because I am a fan of all of the actors involved. Looks can be deceiving. The movie was not filled with too many gut busting laughs and I found myself quite bored with it. They even had the audacity to incorporate a joke that played on Jesse Eisenberg’s previous movie, The Social Network, that I thought was really reaching for a laugh. The characters of Danny McBride and Nick Swardson were played a bit over the top. They were blowing up things in this abandoned rock quarry, and no one ever bothered them there or knew what they were doing, was a bit unreal. Jesse Eisenberg seemed like he was still portraying Mark Zuckerberg, but with no money, delivering pizza. Aziz Ansari wasn’t much better either. I haven’t seen him be real funny in a movie since Observe and Report. Another actor who was in that same movie also had a role in this one, Michael Pena. Michael plays the hired assassin in this movie, and although he starts off pretty funny when he first appears onscreen, that quickly goes away as well.

This movie should have been called Being Funny for 30 Minutes or Less. I gave the movie 1 bomb out of 4. It just didn’t deliver the laughs. The movie runs 1hour and 23mins. It’s rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence. It was written by Michael Diliberti. It was directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film was produced by Red Hour Films, New School Media, LLC. It was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Sometimes 30 minutes can seem like an eternity. –Ezo
Next movie reviewed: TBD

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