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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  12 August 2011 (USA)
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Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else...

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Sam Johnston ...
15 Year Old #1
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Chet's Date (as Elizabeth Wright Shapiro)
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Pizza Boss
Paul Tierney ...
Rodney
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Family Dollar Cashier
Gary Brichetto ...
Mr. Fisher
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Storyline

The not so smart Dwayne intends to open a massage parlor with his partner Travis, but he does not have money for the investment. He decides to hire a hit-man to kill his father, The Major, who won a large amount of money in the lottery years ago, but the killer demands US$ 100,000 for the job. Dwayne and Travis kidnap the pizza delivery boy Nick and they dress Nick in a vest with a timer and several bombs. Then Dwayne tells Nick that he has ten hours to rob US$ 100,000 from a bank. Once he does, he would give Nick the code to release the vest. Nick summons his best friend Chet to help him in the heist but the scheme does not work the way Dwayne has plotted. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A lot can happen in 30 minutes.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA)  »

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30 Minutes or Less  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,330,118 (USA) (12 August 2011)

Gross:

$37,053,924 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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Trivia

Fred Ward is credited as The Major, but near final third of the film when he is walking through his house, his oversized lottery check is shown on the wall, issued to him. Therefore, his character's name is Jerry Mikowiski. See more »

Goofs

When talking about Kate's promotion, Nick says, "We don't even have a Radisson here." There is in fact a Radisson Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. See more »

Quotes

Chet: Okay, what if we saw off both of your arms, slip the vest over your head, than go to the hospital, they'll re-attach your arms. We'll just keep your arms on ice the whole time.
Nick: Fuck that!
Chet: I don't know what to do, man. All these sites have different shit. There's not a lot of consensus in the bomb disarming community. What did they do in the Hurt Locker?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is an ad for Dwayne's tanning/prostitution parlor, Major Tan. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Is There Any Love
Written by Wale Folarin (as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin), Trevor Dandy, Emile Haynie, Scott Mescudi (as Scott Mescudi) and Paul Zaza
Performed by Scott Mescudi
Courtesy of Universal Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Is There Any Love"
Performed by Trevor Dandy
Courtesy of Zaza Productions
By arrangement with Numero Group
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Inconsistent Writing
11 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the premise of this film leaves much room for hilarity, as shown by the promising trailer, it was unable to capitalize on this due to what feels like a lackluster effort on the part of the writers. There are many tell-tale indications of this, such as in the inconsistency of the characters. Palpable tension is generated between characters without any warning, and then it is forgotten by the next scene.

Another glaring issue was the pacing of the story. If you saw the trailer, you would think it centered around this bank robbery by two normal guys. However, this is only one small piece of the movie. The opening was simultaneously slow and somewhat insufficient, then everything sped up tremendously, and then the latter half of the film was dragged out to fill up the remaining time needed for the movie to be taken seriously.

In all, I would rate this film a 6.5/10 since it was still entertaining and done by clearly talented actors. However, note that this is far from their best work, probably because the actors were confused about who their characters were.


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