Monday, August 15, 2011

30 minutes or Less - movie review



To start with, this has to be one of the worst premises ever for a comedy, but Ben Stiller still helped produce it. Granted, this is no cool story like Zombieland. This story has some inept villains, a slacker who's a pizza delivery guy that has to get a pie out within 30 minutes or its free, and twins. Also its a story that happens in Grand Rapids.


Unfortunately, there are not a lot of laughs. The F word gets used over and over. Yet, I'm sure the movie hit its target, the 17 year old male, but they might even be wise of this kind of comedy, too.


Jesse Eisenberg's character is hard to root for. He's in love with his (Aziz Ansari) roommate's twin sister, Kate(Dilshad Vadsaria who so happens to actually be older than Aziz in reality). Maybe. Of course, Jesse's character Nick is the one with the bomb strapped to him. And there is even less to want to watch with Danny McBride and Nick Swardson as the bad guys. Honestly, I've always wanted to watch them together in something, but this wasn't it. Perhaps I was hoping for a brighter script.



Mr. Comic Book Goes to the Movies asked Eisenberg recently :  The Facebook joke near the beginning of the film, was that added before or after the success of The Social Network?

Jesse Eisenberg: No, I thought of it because my character thinks of himself as some rogue person, but actually it's just out of bitterness since he has no friends. So I think he was the kind of guy who rejected social networking sites because they thought they were above it, when actually no one sent them a friend request (laughs). But it was not a joke about the movie. I actually cringe to think it may induce laughter. I kind of find it obnoxious. The Social Network hadn't come out yet, and Facebook is like mentioning the telephone today.

Well, he doesn't have to cringe much.  This is one of those films that will get watched. Royalties will multiply all the way to Comedy Central someday when one can catch it several times a day.



STORYLINE: Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...

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WHY TO BOYCOTT THIS FILM


 Because that actually happened in real life. Only Brian Wells, a Pennsylvania pizza man who was put in the exact same scenario but died when the bomb detonated. Its not funny to make fun of someones death. -The reckless
 

14 comments:

Sick by Trend said...

haha it looks very funny! I wanna watch this film

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! I had no clue this was based on a true story. :/

Laura said...

Although I love Jesse Eisenberg, I do believe I will be boycotting this film based on your review.

Em [The Writer] said...

Honestly, I didn't think this film looked all that good, but it's crazy to think people would boycott a story very loosely based on something that happened. If we were to boycott all movies with a death in it with humor, then we would have a whole lot less comedies.

ivy said...

Seriously, it was just a horrible premise. And not that many fun moments..another reason to not go see it.

ellie's desk said...

That was interesting what Jesse said about his character in the movie.

Em [The Writer] said...

I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just saying that boycotting might be going to far for a film that wasn't even good. Ya know? Maybe if it got critical success, but when no one likes it already then there's no need to.

ivy said...

But you do like to disagree a lot Em.

ivy said...

This is not the same story that happened to this Pizza guy in Pennsylvania. Yes, something in reality did happen to some one in a similar situation. And he did not survive.

The question is..if someone sees this film..would it give them the same idea to copycat? (Remember, the target audience is 17 year old males.) Being a pizza delivery guy is a risky business. Even where I live in the past year, a Pizza delivery guy was robbed, shot and killed when delivering a pizza at a rather high end residential area.

I just thought I would share a quote that I had found from someone who would not be seeing this film. So you'd have an idea about how this film isn't really funny.

Of course, I've seen lots of Andy Samberg's sketch comedy, and he is one who can find something funny..especially, when it shouldn't be. A lot of times, I question myself..why did I laugh at that?

lucy and sarah said...

Oh, I don't see in critical success in this movie.

mazzy may said...

Sometimes..a movie like this is just not as good as you'd hoped.

meg said...

Its most definitely a guy film.

Em [The Writer] said...

Well I don't think it's fair to say I 'like' to disagree. I stand for I believe in but I often agree with your reviews, and I am agreeing on this one. I just think it's a low blow to boycott this film.

Em [The Writer] said...

But I can say I respect your views on this and I am sorry to hear that happens in your town. I just can't say I've had this happen where I live. But you do have a valid point and I'm glad it is getting light.