Hit & Run (2012) 2012 R CC

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A nice guy with a questionable past (Dax Shepard) risks everything when he busts out of witness protection to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles in this hilarious action-comedy.

Starring:
Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Action, Comedy
Director David Palmer, Dax Shepard
Starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard
Supporting actors Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Rosenbaum, Jess Rowland, Carly Hatter, Steve Agee, Bradley Cooper, Joy Bryant, Kal Bennett, John Duff, David Koechner, Ryan Hansen, Beau Bridges, Jason Bateman, Nate Tuck, Sean Hayes, Kyla Snodgrass, Shea Snodgrass
Studio Open Road Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nat Gertler on November 11, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Billed as an action film - and it certainly has that element - it's at its core a touchy-feely romance comedy, with a very sweet, pro-human attitude. If you can, watch the first two minutes; if you like them, you'll like the movie as a whole. I'm in line for whatever Dax Shepard writes next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on June 6, 2013
Format: DVD
Dax Shepard writes, stars and co-directs (with David Palmer) in "Hit and Run," a comedy about "Charles Bronson" living in a small town in California, with his girlfriend Annie Bean (Kristen Bell). "Charles Bronson" is shocked to hear that Annie, specializing in nonviolent conflict resolution, has a job interview for a department chair position in Los Angeles. But "Charles Bronson" - of course, this is not his real name - cannot go to Los Angeles, where he left his troubled past four years ago.

Well, in fact the film is nothing serious. Filled with quirky dialogue and eccentric characters, "Hit and Run" is an action comedy that leans towards comedy, or comedy of off-the-wall humor. Made on a budget of $2 million (half of which was reportedly spent to secure music rights), the action scenes of "Hit and Run" are modest at best.

As a comedy, however, this is really a mixed bag. The leading characters are likable, with charming Kristen Bell, but their storyline is predictable and forgettable. The antics are unpredictable and often funny, but random and repetitions. Cars are so cool, and so is the soundtrack music. Oh, and I almost forgot Bradley Cooper. He plays a role that is not very interesting.

"Hit and Run" is a comedy, uneven in tone, with more creative ideas than its generic title suggests, but really in need of a better script.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on September 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Charles (Dax Shepard), not his real name, is in the Witness Protection Program (WPP) in the sleepy little town of Milton. Randy (Tom Arnold) who is a fallen from grace, inept federal marshal is assigned to watch over him. Annie (Kristen Bell) is Charles' girlfriend. She knows he is in the Program, but not the details. Gil (Michael Rosenbaum) is Annie's ex-bf who is still in love with her.

When Annie gets offered a job in LA, Charles insists she go take it, and he opts to drive her himself in his 700 HP "suicide doors" Lincoln. They are chased by Gil, Randy, Gil's brother Terry (Jess Rowland) who is a gay policeman, and bad guy Alex (Bradley Cooper), the reason why Charles is in the WPP to begin with.

The film turns into "Smokey and the Bandit" with gun fire. The unorthodox relationship of the two stars is the heart of the film. Annie is an expert in solving non-violent conflict solutions and Charles is...well let's say he is trying.

The second half of the film digresses. I won't say it falls off a cliff, but it could have been done better in this romantic action/comedy.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, some really ugly nudity, male nudity.
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Format: Amazon Instant Video
I don't usually do movie reviews, but I had a few extra seconds and thought I'd give this one a shot. I remember seeing previews for this, and debated going to see it in theaters, but didn't. I was sorting through Netflix today and saw it on there, remembered it, and thought "Hey, why not". It was actually a decent film. It had a 2 million dollar budget, half of which was spent on music rights, so really the film had a 1 million dollar budget. And for 1 million, the cameras looked great, the cast was much more well known than I was expecting, and overall it was pretty good. Acting obviously didn't win any Oscars, but it was fairly decent. Shepard and Bell, being married in real life, had great chemistry and worked extremely well together. Bradley Cooper, while I love him to death, his character didn't have any real depth and almost seemed like a last minute add on that they decided to write into the story. The car stunts were pretty awesome, and I actually learned that because it was such a low budget film that Dax Shepard did most of his stunt work himself, so props to him for being a great driver.

The only real complaints I have was that the story felt pretty disjointed at times, and didn't feel like the people were making choices that they really would. Maybe they had to trim down some of footage or something? Either way it felt like it was missing a little something.. Like there were lots of random genres that were loosely tied together and while it worked, it felt like they could have done better with it.

Parents: I figure I'll start adding a parents section to those who care or are wondering. One of the things that it's rated R for is "pervasive language", and I didn't really think there was all that much.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on May 27, 2013
Format: DVD
Not too many movies around that have this kind of exuberance. This moves like a freight train but you might not want to get out of the way.

Here's the scoop. Yul Perkins (writer/director Dax Shepard) is in the witness protection program with Tom Arnold as his protector. His girlfriend Annie Bean (Kristen Bell) has received a once in a lifetime job offer in Los Angeles. Does Yul break cover for the girl he loves, and if he does, what are the consequences?

I found this entirely engaging. The set up is pretty basic, but, as in any good plot, the details are doled out slowly so the picture becomes more subtle and involved as things progress. Yul is a cool character. He is truly trying to turn his life around and his girl Annie is a big part of that. They have some very witty, Tarantino-esque conversations. They feel good together. The other characters are written well also. Brad Cooper, as Alex Dimitri, is a real card. Too many movies write their villains as shallow, and/or stupid tough guys. He's anything but. His dog food scene alone is worth the price of admission. About the weakest link here is Tom Arnold. I like Tom Arnold. He plays a good second banana, but he is simply too inept to be a Federal Marshall. This is a crazy bunch of people with their own back stories, but the way all the factions come together is really cool and unexpected. Yes there's tension but these folks aren't just shooting at each other and threatening each other. They're having these really great conversations. The car chase scenes are directed really well. Car chases are such old news, it's always good to see some that rise above the fray.

This is a way fun movie. It's tense, funny, clever, well acted and well directed. Is it great art? No. But it delivers, in spades, what it sets out to deliver.
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