30 Minutes or Less Delivers Yet More Bro Humor

In 30 Minutes or Less, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson play Dwayne and Travis, a duo of going-nowhere types who, on the advice of a stripper, decide to off Dwayne's hard-ass, Lotto-winning ex-Marine of a dad and live off the inheritance. They need $100,000 up front for the hit man, so Dwayne and Travis elect to raise the funds by kidnapping a patsy, strapping him into a C4-studded vest, and giving him 10 hours to rob a bank. Jesse Eisenberg's pizza delivery boy Nick soon becomes that patsy.

Despite its broad resemblance to a true-crime story, there are nearly 1

million logical leaps made in the course of setting up this Rube

Goldberg device of a plot--but watching the film clear each one becomes

its own goofy pleasure. Completing the quartet of comic leads is Aziz

Ansari as Nick's estranged friend who, in one hilarious bit, explains

he's helping not for Nick's sake, but because letting his ex-friend blow

up might one day begin to affect his "relationships with other people."

Had the movie committed to such an acerbic tone throughout, it might

have approached the inspired amorality of the Coen brothers. But instead

30 Minutes or Less quickly retrenches behind the emotional lines of

standard-issue bro humor: The man-boys can't communicate except by

calling each other pussies, and yet male bonding is still one of the

script's third-act goals. This sop to sentiment is disappointing from a

movie that otherwise feels free to make a suicide vest into a comic


Read our interview with Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari here.

--Seth Colter Walls

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