In 30 Minutes or Less, Jesse Eisenberg plays Nick, a directionless pizza delivery guy who ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He delivers a pizza to Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who are even more aimless than him. The two grab Nick, strap a bomb to him, and tell him that if he doesn’t rob a bank they will detonate the bomb. Nick enlists his friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) to help him pull off the heist.
This frantic comedy never quite takes flight. There are moments of humor but they are brief and do not add up to a cohesive story. With a solid comedic cast and the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer, at the helm, one would expect more. The actors do the best they can with the shaky script and the sidekicks (Ansari and Swardson) even manage to slightly outshine their counterparts (Eisenberg and McBride). The supporting cast seems like an afterthought with Fred Ward playing Dwayne’s father who won the lottery, Michael Peña playing an assassin, and Dilshad Vadsaria as Kate, Nick’s love interest and Chet’s twin sister.
This film is not greater than the sum of its parts and ends up being just another mediocre R-rated comedy. If you like sitting through the credits in hopes of catching a hidden gem, you will be rewarded. There is an extra scene after the credits roll completely and it is pretty funny.
30 Minutes or Less hits AMC Columbia and other local theaters on August 12.