Hit and Run (2012)
Directed by Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper
Former getaway driver Yul Perrkins, aka Charlie Bronson (Shepard), is in the Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying against his friends. His new life includes his new girlfriend Annie (Bell). Now she’s been offered a chance to take a new job in Los Angeles, the one city that Charlie shouldn’t be seen in. The trouble is that she will have to race to get to the interview in time. Despite the risk, Charlie decides to get behind the wheel and rush her there. Soon enough he finds that his old friends are eager to see him again and they’ll stop at nothing to get their revenge.
If you’ve ever wondered what Dax Shepard (Employee of the Month) would do if he had total control, this movie should answer that question for you. In addition to co-directing this with David Palmer (Brother’s Justice), he also wrote the script and starred in the movie. It’s a ridiculous and intense action-comedy that takes you on a wild ride. He’s got some talented actors with him including Tom Arnold (Nine Months), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), and Kirsten Bell (Pootie Tang). Shepard also brought his Parenthood co-star Joy Bryant (The Skeleton Key) along for the ride.
The movie is filled with funny moments as well as intense and nicely done action scenes. The actors all seem to have fun with their roles, making the most of a script that feels a bit too hokey. The premise is interesting, but the movie goes back and forth from wanting to have serious undertones to being an action-comedy. This feels more like a group of friends making a movie than professionals making one. Not quite at the Adam Sandler level, but pretty close. Altogether the script feels like its missing a major piece that would have made it a really good script.
This is going to appeal to the same people who loved The Other Guys or CopOut. As I stated above, it has some great moments, but it isn’t quite complete. That missing element doesn’t destroy the film, but it makes it a one-and-done kind of experience. If you’re a fan of car chases and comedy, this is one you should see. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.