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Hit & Run


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Product Description

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell star in this hilarious, non-stop action-packed comedy costarring Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth and Tom Arnold. A nice guy with a questionable past, Charlie Bronson (Shepard), risks everything when he busts out of a witness protection program to drive his girlfriend (Bell) to Los Angeles for the job opportunity of a lifetime. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, however, when they’re chased by an inept fed (Arnold) and Charlie’s ex-pal (Cooper), a vengeance-crazed criminal he helped put behind bars. Hit & Run is a high-speed race to the finish where the brakes are off and the chase is on.

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Charles Bronson is alive and well and living in Nowheresville, California. No, not the '70s action hero; this Charles Bronson is a former bank robber wheelman who ratted out his gang and is living under the assumed name in the Federal Witness Protection Program. He goes by Charlie, and played by the goofy, buffed-out Dax Shepard he makes a charming everyman hero in the amusing and adventurous action comedy Hit & Run. Shepard also wrote the script and codirected what was obviously a labor of love (his real-life partner Kristen Bell plays his onscreen girlfriend), and he shows some genuine chops as a wrangler of rapid-fire witty dialogue as well as car-chase action choreography. Charlie's brainy girlfriend Annie teaches at the local college and knows nothing about his past life, which belies an odd lack of curiosity. But no matter, they seem like the happiest couple on earth, and their scenes together crackle with a witty and realistic edge that shows true chemistry from their real-life relationship. When Annie needs to get to Los Angeles for an important job interview, Charlie uncovers the muscle car he's been hiding in the barn and offers to get her there in a flash, even though it may mean uncovering his secret life in the process. Oh boy, does it ever. Not only does Annie get all the dirty details of his past as a bank robber, so does the angry gang he fingered. Thus begins a road race that has elements of Smokey and the Bandit, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and The Hangover. Bradley Cooper pulls a broad turn against type as a dreadlocked gangster who used to be Charlie's best friend, before their last job went bad and someone got killed (hence Charlie's dime-dropping testimony). Chasing Charlie becomes the bad guys' obsession and the bulk of the movie becomes a road race toward several moments of truth. There's a wry, free-form tone in the script that feels like it involved a lot of improv in the quick comic banter. That's countered by some remarkable stunt work in the fast and furious car chases (starring an array of beautiful, fetishized racing machines). In addition to Shepard, Bell, and Cooper, the cast includes Tom Arnold as the dimwitted US Marshal assigned to look after Charlie, and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville's Lex Luthor) as Annie's suspiciously uptight ex-boyfriend. They both add considerable dramedic and automotive weight to the cleverly contrived plot. Several extended cameos from Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, and David Koechner enliven the comedy while also advancing the narrative in this unusually refreshing combination of freestyle comedy and action. --Ted Fry

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Street Legal
  • Run and Gun
  • Love on the Run

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Rosenbaum
    • Directors: Dax Shepard, David Palmer
    • Writers: Dax Shepard
    • Producers: Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: French, Spanish
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • 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: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
    • Run Time: 101 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B009EU6F1U
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

    Customer Reviews

    Love the dynamic between Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell.
    Emily Hopkins
    The movie probably isn't as bad as I made it out to be if I wasn't expecting it to be better from the previews.
    EVILTWIN 67
    Great movie with some very funny moments and a believable story line.
    Frank Redlin

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    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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