Does the latest raunchy summer commedy deliver the laughs? Or are Fleischer-Eisenberg fans better off at home with Zombieland and a quick pizza? Uh, what's the number for the closest Domino's?
Posted 08.12.11 by reelz
"...an impressively loopy, dirt-black heist comedy..."— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"..ends up being just sharp enough at its peaks to be frustrating in its valleys. But the laughs are there."— Michael Phillips, Los Angeles Times
"...as junk-food comedy goes, 30 Minutes or Less packs a surprising number of laughs into its brisk running time..."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"Moral of the story: If you occupy the demographic that this film is aimed at, Hollywood doesn't have a very high opinion of you."— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you tune out the dialogue, which is packed with raunch that has neither rhyme nor story reason, there are passable moments."— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Even if the film had been 30 minutes or less, this comedy would still be too long."— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Like his latest, Fleischer's Zombieland borrowed plenty of genre tropes, but paid them back with a self-aware wink. 30 Minutes or Less just takes the money and runs."— Seth Colter Walls, Village Voice
Summer 2011 is filled with sequels, spin-offs, and reboots. That's right, as exciting as the season's blockbusters may seem, we're being inundated with one of the most unoriginal summers the movies have ever seen. Within that context, though, which movies rise above the "Yeah, we phoned this one in" benchmark? Find out with our patent-pending originality meter.
From 1 to 10, where do these releases register? >> Posted 08.12.11 by reelz
Anyone who's been regularly attending theaters this summer can tell you that it's been pretty weak on the comedies. Since kicking off with The Hangover 2: New Location, Same Jokes we've had an almost constant string of disappointments, the only real abatement being the girls-gone-Apatow in Bridesmaids — you know it's bad when even the perfunctory Pixar flick is a failure. Luckily, not all is lost yet, and 30 Minutes or Less promises to be the light at the end of this summer's explosive-yet-largely-unfunny summer.
5 Reasons: 30 Minutes or Less >> Posted 08.11.11 by reelz
Throughout the marketing campaign for Columbia Pictures' 30 Minutes or Less, it seems that the red band or restricted material is usually what has best represented the movie's humor. The latest restricted clip is no exception, highlighting some of the movie's funniest (though NSFW) moments.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), 30 Minutes or Less stars Jesse Eisenberg as an ambitionless pizza delivery guy who is forced to rob a bank by two slacker criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who strap a bomb to his chest. Eisenberg enlists the help of his ex-best friend, played by Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation). That's two pairs of buddies in a buddy comedy, something that McBride, in an interview with Movieline, explained was part of the appeal for him. more from McBride and the video clip >> Posted 08.09.11 by Ryan
Last week, Columbia Pictures released a red band trailer for its upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Less, which finally showed some of the edgy (though NSFW) humor that we were expecting from director Ruben Fleischer's follow-up to Zombieland.
30 Minutes or Less stars Jesse Eisenberg as a pizza delivery guy who is forced to rob a bank by two slacker criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). Eisenberg is fitted with a bomb on his chest and enlists the aid of his former best friend (Aziz Ansari) to help pull off the crime. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.22.11 by Ryan
We admit, so far, Columbia Pictures' upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Less has seemed only mildly amusing, though, at times, we've emitted a chuckle or two. Only Ruben Fleischer's second movie, 30 Minutes or Less is the director's follow-up to last year's Zombieland, so excuse us if the bar is a little high.
In April, the first footage released from the movie was in the first red band trailer, which besides a coarse word or two, serviced to introduce the movie's plot which follows Jesse Eisenberg as a pizza delivery guy who is forced to rob a bank by two criminal slackers (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) and enlists his former best friend and school teacher (Aziz Ansari) for help. The first preview clip showed more of Eisenberg's attempt to solicit Ansari's help, and the first TV spot was a mixture of previously used footage with a touch of new footage mixed in. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.17.11 by Ryan
Director Ruben Fleischer's debut movie, Zombieland, dealt with the end of the world with humorous results, while his follow-up deals with perhaps the ending of one man's world.
30 Minutes or Less stars Jesse Eisenberg as a slacker pizza delivery driver who is strapped with a bomb and forced to rob a bank by two criminal slackers (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). Eisenberg enlists his former best friend and school teacher (Aziz Ansari) for help, as seen in the movie's first preview clip.
Ansari, known to audiences for his role as Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks & Recreation, told MTV that his 30 Minutes or Less role was his biggest movie role yet. "Usually I'll be around for a few minutes," said Ansari. "And then they're like, 'Just say something about your penis and get out of here.'" It also meant that shooting the movie was a while lot more complicated work.
watch the new TV spot >> Posted 06.11.11 by Ryan
The car chase we did in 30 Minutes took, like, a few days. It was a lot of sitting in the car and waiting for things to happen. And then I watched Fast Five, and I was like, "How did this movie not take 20 years to make? It's just one big car chase!" Did Vin Diesel start making this when he was 5?
The first preview clip for director Ruben Fleischer's follow-up to Zombieland has finally arrived.
The red band trailer for 30 Minutes or Less debuted in April, offering the first footage from the movie, but the first preview clip, released exclusively to MTV, has arrived in a much more safe-for-work format.
Reuniting with Fleischer for 30 Minutes of Less is Jesse Eisenberg who plays a pizza delivery driver who is unwittingly forced to participate in a bank robbery by two criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). In the clip, Eisenberg turns to his former best friend (Aziz Ansari) for help, thereby explaining how he was forced to take part in the crime. watch the clip >> Posted 06.06.11 by Ryan
It's been a long, brutal winter in most parts of the country, so it's no surprise that even Hollywood is looking to get a jump on summer. The rollout of blockbuster movies starts this Friday, a full month before the Memorial Day Weekend.
As you'd expect (and hope), the mix of movies being offered up is heavy on the Action/Adventure movies (11) and Comedies (10). There's also plenty of offerings for Kids/Families (8). What's new this year is the addition of more R-rated comedies, thanks in no small measure to The Hangover's runaway success two summers back. Along with it's sequel, see what else is playing this summer — complete with trailers and photo galleries.
See the 2011 Summer Movie Guide >> Posted 04.25.11 by reelz
The first official photo from the upcoming comedy 30 Minutes or Lessdebuted in January, and, since then, not much has been seen from director Ruben Fleischer's follow-up to his 2009 debut, Zombieland. Four new photos have debuted for the movie, but don't show much action, unlike the first photo which revealed Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari wearing masks and brandishing handguns (the photo with Danny McBride and Nick Swardson with a crossbow is a close second).
The comedy stars Eisenberg as a pizza delivery guy who is forced by two criminals (McBride and Swardson) to rob a bank. Ansari is Eisenberg's former best friend, who is enlisted to help out, since Eisenberg has a bomb strapped to his chest. In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, Fleischer admitted that 30 Minutes or Less' plot will keep audiences guessing. Fleischer and Eisenberg Talk 30 Minutes or Less >> Posted 04.22.11 by Ryan