67- 30 Minutes or Less [3.0]
Nick is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds. The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank.
The manner in which large exposition is delivered can make or break a film. 30 Minutes or Less has a lot of critical information to get across in the first act in regards to the set up, but fails by awkwardly establishing the relationships of the main players. The lack of a sympathetic character isn’t the films biggest flaw (the irrational decisions and unintelligent dialogue is suppose to make for comedy here), but rather the squandered talent. I love Aziz Ansari on Parks and Rec but he isn’t given much to do with. As funny as Danny McBride is, I wish he’d show some range. If you’ve seen him in one film, than you’ve seen all his performances.
30 Minutes or Less is the pinnacle of situation comedies, and I don’t mean that in a complimentary fashion. The film is supposedly based on a true story (the director denies it), and that may be the most interesting part of the movie.