Hit & Run


Hit & Run (2012)


Critic Consensus: Though Hit & Run has some surprisingly oft-kilter filmmaking, the action doesn't add to much and the writing's a bit smug.


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Hit and Run is a comedy about a young couple (Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard) that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past (Bradley Cooper), a federal marshal (Tom Arnold) and a band of misfits. -- (C) Open Road

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Dax Shepard
as Charlie Bronson/Yul Perkins
Kristen Bell
as Annie Bean
Bradley Cooper
as Alex Demitri
Tom Arnold
as Randy Anderson
Joy Bryant
as Neve Tatum
Kristin Chenoweth
as Debby Kreeger
Beau Bridges
as Clint Perkins
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Critic Reviews for Hit & Run

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (36)

Shepard wrote the script and co-directed with David Palmer (Brother's Justice), constructing an ideal vehicle for the real-life couple's spirited banter.

Oct 26, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The worst.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Hit & Run as a whole is one of the summer's most enjoyable surprises, a consistently disarming romantic comedy...

Aug 27, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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Hit & Run is awfully hit & miss.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Shepard and Palmer just don't do anything terribly exciting with the film's vehicles, drawn mostly from Shepard's personal collection.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It feels like writer, co-director and star Dax Shepard has unleashed some kind of freakish Franken-film on movie-goers.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hit & Run

Well, once again I'm on the wrong side of this one, but I LOVED it. Saw it on a DVD from Redbox...really scraping for something to watch and I was delighted. The dialogue was so witty. The plot, okay anytime you have witness protection plan it's going to be a little contrived, but it was oddly believable and filled with some real moments. Bradley Cooper is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors--a little sexy a little sinister--Kristen Bell is the perfect perfect girlfriend and Tom Arnold was just superb. The car chases were exciting. I mean, what else do you want out of a 1.4 hour piece of entertainment?

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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Alex Dimitri: Hey, hey, Clint? Why don't you think of this gun as a microphone? When it's not in your hand, you shut the fuck up. Okay? "A Comedy That Never Takes Its Foot Off The Gas" Hit & Run was somewhat of a surprise to me. When you see a movie that has Dax Shepherd not only in the leading role, but also directing and writing; it's hard to expect anything better than terrible. Surprisingly though, Dax wasn't too bad in front of the camera or behind it. The movie is nothing to get too excited about, but it's also a pretty good amount of fun and it's helped by a pretty good little supporting cast including: Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, and Bradley Cooper.  Charlie Bronson is under witness protection. Four years ago he testified against his then friends and bank robbers, whom Yul(Charlie's original name) drove the getaway car for. When his girlfriend gets a job offer in his old home town of Los Angeles, Charlie decides to go with her. Anne's former boyfriend begins tailing them and calls up Alex(one of the people Charlie testified against) to let him know that he knows where Yul is. Also on the path of Charlie is a US Marshall who is supposed to be making sure that Charlie is all right.  It would be fair to call Hit & Run just another action comedy, which it basically is; but there's also a rom-com formula at play here too. It's sort of a cross between an action comedy, a road movie, and a romance film. Crossing those genres doesn't really bring out too much originality though, but it does make the film more interesting.  Hit & Run ended up being a fun ride, and in the end, that's all it really needed to do. This isn't a movie that you'll find a lot of purpose in watching, but it is a nice little hour and a half diversion. Also, if you're like me, the only excuse you need for giving this a try is that Bradley Cooper is in it; and with dreads no less.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

three stars

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MisterYoda ?

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"Hit and Run" has cult item written all over it. I can see many a viewer appreciating it's brand of humor and 70s B-movie styling... but I didn't. It feels more like a passion project among friends (and lovers) than it does a movie made for audiences; which is to say it was most definitely a lot of fun to make. Watching it is something else entirely. A lot of the films problems lie on the shoulders of it's two leads, Dax Shepard and Kristin Bell. Shepard (who has been good in a handful of films and especially on TV's "Parenthood") comes of as completely dull and unlikable here. He's a charmless lead, and as both writer/ director, it was unwise for him to salvage all of the best material for Tom Arnold and Bradley Cooper (both really fun to watch here). Kristen Bell (great in "Veronica Mars and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") completely misses the mark. She turns in one of the most annoying performances I've seen in a while. She's a likable actress who deserves much better than such witless material. The film's other fatal flaw is Dax Shepard the writer/ director. He clumsily handles both dialogue (self aware to a fault) and the films abysmal action sequences. Why was the film marketed so heavily on the car chase? The automotive scenes in this film are poor, unenergetic time wasters. It wouldn't have been a bad idea to hire the likes of Justin Lin for the second unit; no matter the cost. The film does have it's minor redeeming qualities (like some funny jokes, visual gags, and Bradley Cooper's hair), but they are few and far between and don't nearly make up for the film's many blunders. "Hit and Run" isn't a good movie, nor a passable piece of entertainment, but for better or worse it does enough to ensure it'll find some following of some kind. Count me out.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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