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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

Jesse Eisenberg , Danny McBride , Ruben Fleischer  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride
  • Directors: Ruben Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H5C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Rambunctious and unpredictable, action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less manages to be simultaneously cynical and softhearted, which is quite a trick. A disgruntled pizza delivery guy named Nick (The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg) gets his life hijacked by two dimwitted yet canny thugs (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), who need $100,000 to hire a hit man--so they strap a bomb to Nick and order him to rob a bank. So many little twists and turns follow that it would ruin the fun to describe the plot any further; suffice it to say that 30 Minutes or Less takes a high-concept idea and grounds it in well-written characters, an outstanding cast, and some brutally funny bits. But what really makes 30 Minutes or Less so sympathetic is not the buddy relationship between Nick and his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari from Parks and Recreation), though that's thoroughly enjoyable--it's the buddy relationship between the two would-be hoodlums that holds the movie's heart. McBride has stolen scenes in dozens of comedies now; his ability to be a complete, unrepentant lummox and yet shimmer with charisma is unmatched. Swardson (from Reno 911!) miraculously matches McBride's comic chutzpah. They are ridiculous and surly buffoons, and they are a delight. --Bret Fetzer

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
30 Minutes or Less is a slacker comedy from Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, that runs only 53 minutes more than its title suggests. The story of a pizza delivery boy who is forced to rob a bank by two thugs who strap a bomb to him, much has been made about how the film bears a remarkable similarity to a real-life, more tragic story from a few years ago. The creators have vehemently denied this story served as inspiration and while the true story may have provided the kernel of an idea for the screenwriters, the rest is taken in a substantially different, some may argue disrespectful, direction.

Jesse Eisenberg, fresh off his Oscar-nomination for The Social Network, plays Nick, a 20-something pizza boy who spends his days smoking pot and failing to deliver pizzas in the "30 minutes or less" timeframe the pizza chain promises. He has only one friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari), a substitute teacher, but the two have a falling out over various admissions, including Nick's relationship with Chet's sister Katie (Dilshad Vadsaria). Meanwhile, two losers named Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) live under the shadow of Dwayne's domineering, ex-military father The Major (Fred Ward), while making $10 an hour cleaning his pool. At a strip-club, Dwayne tells a stripper about his father winning the lottery and how he could stand to inherit a couple million dollars if The Major were to die. Promising Dwayne a permanent position in his lap, the stripper tells Dwayne that if he can come up with $100,000, she knows someone who can make his father disappear indefinitely.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, clever - and the cast is great! November 25, 2011
Ignore the lukewarm reviews below and rent this if you like hilarious thrillers starring gifted improv actors! The direction and editing are also top notch. I watched this with virtually no expectations and was thoroughly entertained for two hours! Reminiscent of "Ruthless People" for those of you with long memories...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short of being as great as it first lets on August 12, 2011

Ruben Fleischer's first directorial effort, Zombieland, was met with both critic acclaim and fan appraisal. There seem to be far fewer people who disliked Zombieland compared to those who enjoyed it. Zombieland was quite entertaining though; its cast was incredibly well-rounded, it offered a new spin on a story we've seen dozens of times before, and most of all it offered humor and sharp wit during what is otherwise the end of the world; a time when you least expected it. Zombieland was something special. However, 30 Minutes or Less seems like a completely different type of comedy. The trailers lead you to believe it could go either way; one way being extremely hilarious and the other ending with you kicking yourself because you didn't just wait to rent it. Even after seeing the movie, 30 Minutes or Less still manages to fall somewhere in the middle of that generalization.

30 Minutes or Less starts off pretty strong. The dialogue is really funny, you can feel the chemistry between the actors, and the storyline is progressing at a steady pace. It seems like it's on track to be this fantastically amusing R-rated comedy that's one of the funniest films of the year, but it begins to lose steam after the bank robbery. It's like the humor begins to lose its wit and becomes more about bickering between the duos Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) and Chet (Aziz Ansari) and Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson). By the end of the movie, you'll wonder how a pizza deliveryman who does nothing but smoke pot, drink, play video games, and watch action movies who's never amounted to anything his entire life can rob a bank, get away with it, and be as smart as he is about the entire situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to be properly dark OR funny December 29, 2011
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This seems like two different movies crammed into one. First you have the semi-serious dark comedy starring Eisenberg and Danny McBride, who both give fairly nuanced performances. If the route these two actors had taken had been followed by the writer and other cast members, this MIGHT have been a decent movie. Instead, we get the predictable goofy roommate, played by Ansari, who is a Chris Rock level of horrible actor, some extremely infantile violence-laced humor, and the most idioticly unrealistic ending I've seen in ages. This movie is not just stupid, but assumes that the audience is stupid as well.
This is based on a true story that is FAR more interesting than what we get. Of course, in real life, the pizza delivery guy died a horrible death, so a comedy might be a hard sell. What a horrible tribute to a real-life tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dwayne (Danny McBride) despises his father (Fred Ward) and wants his riches. The natural choice is to link up with a bonehead friend named Travis (Nick Swardson) to make a bomb, kidnap a pizza delivery guy named Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), make Nick rob a bank, and use the money from the bank heist to hire a hitman (horribly out of place Michael Pena). If it sounds like a little bit too much to squeeze together into a coherent plot that has a semblance of believability, I agree. And that's not even considering the hitman's intricate side story, flamethrowers, an Indian best friend inexplicably named Chet (Aziz Ansari), and the dreaded, unnecessary romantic angle that seemingly gets shoe-horned into every movie for absolutely no redeemable reason (well, getting Dilshad Vadsaria some screen time is the only redeemable reason).

There are several laughs, and fans of McBride will like the movie more than most. He absolutely steals the movie from the intended "star" Eisenberg, who does his best to distance himself from Zombieland. The distance is not enough, and Rule #1 needs to be revisited. He is neither believable or worth rooting for - unlike Zombieland. He plays Eisenberg. It's interesting to note, however, that McBride plays a stereotypical McBride character and comes off brilliantly.

It's nothing that will blow your socks off, but it's not the worst thing I've ever seen. The deleted scenes and outtakes are pretty good. Rent it; don't buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty funny comedy
A pretty funny comedy, which s really rare these day, and so it is worth a watch. It seemed like it was a mix of Badass, Trailer Park Boys, and maybe Pulp Fiction. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kevin K. Mckenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This movie is okay. Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride are the best things about this movie. Funny, shocking moments. Grabs your attention all the way through.
Published 14 days ago by Satan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious!
So funny. I bought it after I rented it!
Published 1 month ago by Owlmaiden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Thomas C. Konradt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hilarious. I rented this for a lazy friday night but now I just might buy it. Non-stop chucklefest.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny E
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought this movie looked really stupid, but my boyfriend wanted to...
I thought this movie looked really stupid, but my boyfriend wanted to watch it. So we gave it a shot. It ended up being pretty funny and clever. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars :)
30 Minutes Or Less is one of the funniest comedies I've seen in a long time!!
Published 1 month ago by Callie Kleeb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about HILARIOUS!
Funniest movie EVER!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by VETO
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Goofy Movie
This movie fits my type of humor, which is pretty goofy. My favorite characters were the kidnappers/bank robbers. If you like Bridesmaids or The Heat, you may like this too.
Published 2 months ago by Robyn S.
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