Friday fun day was in effect and when the work bell rang, I slid down my dino’s tail, and headed for the movies. Although I enjoyed Chipotle, rather than a Brontosaurus burger, my tummy was happy none the less.
I was invited by The Kid in the Helmet to catch the midnight screening of 30 Minutes or Less last night, with the recent calamity resulting from Sunday’s microburst, I had to decline. While I did get to check the flick out today, The Kid was gracious enough to write a guest review for your reading pleasure. He did such a great job, that minus a little editorial at the bottom of the post, I leave you in The Kid’s extremely capable hands…
30 MINUTES OR LESS The Kid: 2 Helmets/Reel Rhino: 2 Horns
Hello Reel Rhino readers. Part-time correspondent The Kid in the Helmet here, checking in with a review of 30 Minutes or Less, which will hence be referred to as 30 MOL. Not normally a movie I would see at a midnight opening-day showing but when my Dad (Papa Schmer, for frequent readers of Reel Rhino) asked if I wanted to go, I said “sure.”
So off we went to good ol’ AMC Barrywoods 24. As we walked up to purchase our ticket we were approached by a clean- cut All-American 14 year old boy who asked, “Any chance you guys are seeing 30 Minutes or Less.” To which my dad replied, “We are.” Prompting the young man to ask, “Could you be our fake father?” The answer was no and the kid said ok and walked away back to his group of friends. My dad and I applauded his efforts and we both agreed that we would much rather see him trying to get adults to buy him R rated movie tickets than standing outside a liquor store asking adults to buy him beer. Sorry little-shaver, the rules may have changed but the game is the same…I figured out how to sneak into R rated movies all on my own when I was your age, you can do the same.
Teamed up with Eisenberg is Aziz Ansari. Who many know from NBC’s Parks and Recreation but who I fondly remember as Raaaaandy: the stand-up comic with a DJ in Judd Apatow’s Funny People. If you are not familiar with Randy…or even if you are…check out this clip:
...funny funny stuff. Aziz has some funny moments in 30 MOL and it’s nice to see him getting more feature roles.
And lastly we have our criminal master-mind, played by East Bound and Down’s Danny McBride. Not much to say here. If you enjoy his shtick you will enjoy him in this movie. Personally I have to take him in small doses, but I do like the fact that he recently became CEO of K-Swiss:
Thanks Kid…as well spoken as any review I have ever read…you are a gentleman and a poet.
At 83 minutes, I wonder how much was left on the cutting room floor, that may have made this a more competent film? Maybe it was the studio, maybe it was Fleischer keeping things short and (as he saw it) sweet, I mean Zombieland was a tightly woven tale that was engaging from start to finish at 88 minutes. But this 83 minutes, while nearly short enough to play out as scripted television, drags on like War and Peace (no offense, Mr. Tolstoy).
I posted this link to the Wiki site for the real “pizza bomber” event:
and I find it more interesting to learn that 30 MOL was also fueled by an assassination plot, in which the motivation for the robbery was to raise money for a hit. In both instances, the end goal is to the hit is to kill a parental figure, so that an inheritance will be gained by an untimely death. I wonder how “vaguely familiar” the screenwriters actually were, given these stark parallels.
I had hoped for more from Ruben Fleischer, but this is really only his sophomore effort, following the very successful Zombieland. There is much buzz around his in-production The Gangster Squad, including the star-studded cast, which features It-Girl, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling, among others.
Too bad, so sad, as they say.
I hope to have some word from the much anticipated The Help very soon, as well as some word on Glee 3-D. Another Earth finally hit KC this week, so I plan on taking that in soon, as well. And the dark horse of the weekend may be Final Destination 5, playing in IMAX 3-D as well as 2-D theaters. It’s PG-13 and surprisingly teetering near a fresh rating on RT. If nothing else, FD5 does feature the adorable Emma Bell.
Until later, take care…