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30 Minutes or Less (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's sporadically funny and it benefits from a talented cast, but 30 Minutes or Less suffers from a disjointed narrative, and too often mistakes crude gags for true lowbrow humor.

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In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship. -- (C) Sony

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Critic Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (43)

The film contains a remarkable level of violence, yet never establishes a tone that would make it seem funny or truly shocking; the jokes flounder in an air of half-hearted spite.

December 6, 2011 | Full Review…

It's funny, clever and pacy to a fault, and the script more than satisfies its quota of decent zings.

September 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It never reconciles the meticulous intelligence needed to build the weaponry and the monstrous stupidity needed to use it.

August 22, 2011 | Full Review…

30 Minutes or Less is so shallow, self-satisfied, and downright repulsive that I hesitate to discuss it at all. It has none of the qualities of director Fleischer's debut feature, Zombieland, and it's a long way from Eisenberg's...

August 19, 2011

Probably has the approximate cultural staying power of its title.

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The dark, biting comedy often strays into territory that can be categorized as politically incorrect, but the result is funny, engaging, and at times a little disconcerting.

August 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 30 Minutes or Less

Pizza delivery boy Eisenberg gets cornered into robbing a bank that sets off a domino effect of comedy ... well, that was the intention, and they came THIS close. Still, it does manage not to offend yer sensibilities too much. Not bad.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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This movie is so simple and so stupidly funny, that it is entertaining. I enjoyed every second of it. Despite its very clear flaws the movie's strongest points are also its weakest. The movie is choppy, crude, stupid, random, and I loved it.

Nikhil Nandu
Nikhil Nandu

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The film has it's funny spots, but really does falter under the crude attempt to make it funnier than anticipated. 30 Minutes or Less provided loose chemistry among its duo of protagonists and antagonists regardless of the starpower. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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