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Review: 30 Minutes or Less

Offensive but unfunny comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars



There's a scene early in Ruben Fleischer's offensive but unfunny comedy that sums up the whole movie. Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), a pizza delivery guy, rips off some adolescents — boys from the same demographic the movie is pitched to — promising them something fun and illicit and then just taking their money. You kids about to pay 10 bucks to see this, take that as a warning.

>> INTERVIEWJesse Eisenberg and Nick Swardson get to work <<

On the other hand, if you're looking for misogyny, racism, homophobia, and contempt for poor people disguised as humor, this movie is for you. Seeking seed money for their dream project — a tanning parlor/brothel — dumb and dumber pals Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) kidnap Nick, strap a ticking bomb to him, and give him a few hours to come up with $100,000. Not unlike the bomb Eisenberg has strapped himself to, as he shows poor judgment in this follow-up role to his tour de force in the TheSocial Network.

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