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Rated R · 83 min. · 2011

Action/Adventure, Comedy


Though inspired by a horrific real incident where a pizza delivery guy was killed while robbing a bank with a bomb he claimed had been forcibly strapped to his chest, 30 Minutes or Less might be one of the funniest films of the summer. Ruben Fleischer, who directed the film at a fast clip, joins forces again with Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in Zombieland, Fleischer's last film. Eisenberg, who also gets to do a subtle shout-out to his role in The Social Network, plays Nick, an aimless pizza delivery guy in Grand Rapids, Mich., for one of the only restaurants still advertising the guaranteed delivery time of the title. This puts him on the radar of Dwayne (Danny McBride, doing the swaggering idiot he does best), who needs a patsy for an overly elaborate scheme to get his dad's money in order to open a tanning salon/ prostitution ring. There's not much point to it, but like a pizza, it's just meant to be enjoyed without much thought or effort. Be sure to stick through the end credits for an extra bit of plot resolution.


See our full review: A pizza delivery guy becomes a criminal in <i>30 Minutes or Less</i>

A pizza delivery guy becomes a criminal in 30 Minutes or Less

There's something refreshing about an action story where the characters' dunderheaded, illogical actions are constantly called out. »

Official Site: www.30minutesorless.com
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Michael Diliberti and Matthew Sullivan
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller and Jeremy Kramer
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Michael Peña, Bianca Kajlich, Fred Ward, Dilshad Vadsaria, Jordan Trovillion and Alex Rush

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