By Stephen Compall

Aug 21, 2012 08:20 AM EST

Purchase

Hit and Run Theatrical Review

The motor sounds are real. Writer/director/star Dax Shepard (Parenthood, When in Rome) provided many.

The motor sounds are real. Writer/director/star Dax Shepard (ParenthoodWhen in Rome) provided many of the vehicles from his personal collection, and does all his own stunts. So he reported, in his appearance following the screening at which I saw Hit and Run, at Comic-Con 2012. Car chase movies attract a sub-audience that worries over these things.

Make no mistake here: Hit and Run is a car chase movie. It isn't a subversion or commentary on the format; it is just a car chase movie. People get in cars and chase each other on the flimsiest excuses. As an example of the genre, it cuts right down the middle.

Going into the screening, I worried over whether Parenthood was making Shepard look too good. When the writers are good, and the other actors are good, some of that shine can rub off. Who could say a bad word about anyone in Six Feet Under?

Now, I have to worry over whether Shepard is making Parenthood look good. Because damn, he can write a dialogue. The film knows it's strong here too: every major character and relationship, particularly that with girlfriend Annie (Kristen Bell, Veronica MarsWhen in Rome) is established over a nice cool glass of tangential discourse, giving you a sense of immediate depth not otherwise belied by the vagaries of the plot, such as they are.

Weak spots may be Tom Arnold (True Lies) and Kristin Chenoweth (The West WingPushing Daisies), though I'm not convinced they are to blame here. Chenoweth had only three scenes, despite poster art placement. Arnold is forced to carry most of the physical comedy of the film, though he holds his own in every other way. Perhaps I'm being too fair, though. Perhaps the shine rubs off on him.

The film may, or may not, be deeply faulted for its simplistic, if sometimes well-motivated, plot. I'm not going to fault it, though, as I have a weak spot for stories that abandon pretense of plot in favor of letting writers write and actors act. We achieve perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Perhaps what's really needed to strive for that goal is a limited budget, maybe excusing a few fancy cars.

Purchase your copy of Hit and Run today at Purchase  On Amazon

Download Hit and Run from the iTunes Store in Digial HD. download from itunes

Share this:


MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 95 minutes
Distributed By: Open Road Films

For more information about Hit and Run visit the FlickDirect Movie Database.

About Stephen Compall





FlickDirect Weekly Movies News With Austin Putnam

Today's Digital HD DealsView All

Thundercats
Thundercats
WAS: $49.99
NOW: $24.99
Hannibal
Hannibal
WAS: $29.99
NOW: $9.99
Lights Out
Lights Out
WAS: $14.99
NOW: $12.99


Latest ReviewsView All

Antebellum
Antebellum
4K Ultra HD Review
Nov 02, 2020 EST
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Blu-ray Review
Nov 09, 2020 EST
The Last Dance
The Last Dance
Blu-ray Review
Nov 12, 2020 EST


SPONSORED LINKS