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Hit and Run

2012-09-28 12:35
 
What it's about:

Annie (Kristen Bell) and Charlie (Dax Shepard) live a quiet life in the little town of Milton. Charlie isn’t his real name though – he’s in the witness protection programme. When Annie gets a job interview in LA, Charlie must go back to the city where he’s wanted by all sorts of unsavoury characters. As he and Annie set off in his bitchin' Lincoln for the big city, Annie’s cop ex-boyfriend Gill follows them, Charlie’s marshall Randy (Tom Arnold) is looking for them and they must fight off Charlie’s former bank-robbing buddy Alex (Bradley Cooper) – something he only cares to mention to Annie once their lives are in danger.

What we thought of it:

Hit and Run features an all-star cast and kudos to Dax Shepard for getting all these big names to play along in his little pet project. With the added element of some seriously hot cars, the film tries to survive on these elements without a decent storyline. It just scrapes through.

Let’s look at the positives. The chemistry between real-life couple Kristen and Dax is tangible and lovely to watch. They seem perfect for each other, except she’s a lot better looking than he is.

Charlie, whose real name is Yul Perkins, was part of a bank-robbing gang until he ratted out his partner Alex and ended up in witness protection.

Annie's cop ex-boyfriend Gill, played brilliantly by Michael Rosenbaum, rats Yul out to Alex. Gill and Alex try to intercept Yul and Annie's trip to LA.

There’s blood, many expletives and an extremely elaborate car chase in with really nice, expensive vehicles which follows. And that’s about as exciting as this movie’s going to get.

We also meet some pretty interesting characters along the way, but we never spend enough time with them to enjoy their wit.

Kristin Chenoweth as Annie's boss Debbie, Tom Arnold as the dim-witted, accident-prone marshall Randy and Beau Bridges as Yul’s dad play their roles brilliantly, but scripting and a lack of screentime kill off any potential for good laughs.

Even Bradley Cooper, who is usually quite entertaining on screen, leaves me going "meh" in this movie.

There's nothing that gives Hit & Run any traction; it just coasts along a weakly connected string of events.  A real waste of good actors and pretty cars.


Despite the stellar cast (Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell) and on-screen chemistry, Hit and Run doesn't even make it past the starting line.

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David Ludlow 2012-10-01 02:34 PM
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Once again proving that South African critics are neither reliable nor informed enough to comment, The International Movie Data Base gives an overall user rating of 6/10 a more reliable measure of the "PUBLICS" opinion of the movie.
Jayson 2012-10-08 08:44 AM
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GOOD MOVIE
Chantel 2012-10-08 04:02 PM
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It was a really boring and stupid movie.....sorry I wasted my money and time on it!
Kendall 2012-10-08 04:07 PM
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TERRIBLE MOVIE
Michelle 2012-10-08 04:12 PM
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It was not even a funny movie. Not worth watching.
Arlene 2012-10-22 03:26 PM
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It was an average move!
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