It's been the summer of R-rated comedies, and just when you thought Hollywood couldn't subject the audience to even one more film, yet another arrives. Thankfully, and for a change, the best was saved for last as 30 Minutes or Less is the funniest movie of the year so far.
Horrible Bosses was entertaining but silly. The Hangover: Part 2 was enjoyable albeit unoriginal. The Change-Up is supposed to be bad. Bad Teacher allegedly lacked bite. Only Bridesmaids has truly exceeded expectations this year.
30 Minutes or Less is funnier than Bridesmaids.
Consistently funny from beginning to end, the Jesse Eisenberg-starring comedy from the director of Zombieland is a profanity-laced, fast-paced adventure that never takes its finger off the detonator trigger. Also starring Danny McBride (Your Highness), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), Nick Swardson (Just Go With It) and Michael Peña (The Lincoln Lawyer), the movie features great, goofy performances and fun if not controversial plot.
First-time write Michael Diliberti, working off a story that was co-developed by Matthew Sullivan, has created a gem full of memorable lines, zany characters and hilarious jokes. I fear it will be this year's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - it will get good reviews but low box office returns - but that's OK. It's the thought that counts.
To wrap things up, there's not a single thing I'd change about 30 Minutes or Less. Danny McBride's ramblings will rub some people the wrong way, but he plays the bad guy that is best suited for the story. Aziz Ansari, on the other hand, steals every scene. The actor is even funnier here than he is in "Parks and Recreation."
30 Minutes or Less is a seriously funny and entertaining romp that should not be overlooked. As I said before, it is the funniest movies of the year so far. Enough said.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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