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30 Minutes or Less (2011)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Johnston ...
15 Year Old #1
15 Year Old #2
Chet's Date (as Elizabeth Wright Shapiro)
Pizza Boss
Paul Tierney ...
Family Dollar Cashier (as Staci Fletcher)
Gary Brichetto ...
Mr. Fisher


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


A lot can happen in 30 minutes.


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)  »

Also Known As:

30 minutos o menos  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot of the film is similar to a real life incident that occurred in 2003 to pizza delivery man Brian Douglass Wells. See more »


When Chet is painting the gun, smudges on the car door can be seen. In the shots where the car is stopped, the smudges are gone, also the painted paper is turned. Later in the end of the movie when the van drives next to them, the paint smudges are also not on the door. See more »


Nick: [fighting with Chet] You're twins. Did you feel it when I was fucking her?
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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 »


Referenced in Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

"A disjointed bomb job."
5 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two friends must work together to steal enough money demanded to be delivered to two sociopath partners-in-crime that hire an assassin to murder their boss. Already you can see how complex this plot is, but even with the simple direction between the four main characters, their stories are vastly different and could have been written more cleverly conjoined had it not had promise to work as an individual idea.

Many viewers may create comparisons to other superior or inferior darkly comedies and some true events that may amuse or alienate them. Luckily, the characters are self-aware of the nonsense that may occur with unintentional deaths and stupidity from their choices. But even though every character follows their own steps to obtain what they want or please others, it doesn't do complete justice for the overall story and viewers.

The cast and crew may have done their part, but most of the film could have done more for them if the writing had some crucial changes. If only it had more focus and less characters used for the wrong reasons, or used more in a way where their importance isn't limited to less appeal, this film would have felt worth more than thirty-minutes to some viewers. Instead, this is a disjointed bomb job that could have blown us away with bigger and better surprises even though the fuse had a shortage of that and more.

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