Hit & Run Movie Review
Cast & Crew
Director : David Palmer, Dax Shepard,
Producer : Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip,
Screenwriter : Dax Shepard
Audiences out for a bit of mindless fun will probably enjoy this raucous road movie, but only if they can look past comedy that relies on jokes about racism, sexism and homophobia. And if the characters are all paper-thin, at least the film is loose and enjoyably silly.
It centres on Charlie (Shepard), who lives in rural California with his girlfriend Annie (Bell). But when she's offered a job in Los Angeles, Charlie has to face up to his criminal past. He's currently in witness protection, and returning to L.A. is very dangerous. Still, he decides to take Annie to her job interview, while his protective agent (Arnold) follows close behind. But trouble is brewing because Annie's still-smitten ex (Rosenbaum) is also in hot pursuit, and when he figures out Charlie's secret, he gets in touch with the gang boss, Alex (Cooper), who wants him dead.
While the film looks whizzy and is packed with banter that sounds offensive, everything is pretty half-hearted. The dialog continually touches on sexuality and ethnicity in ways that are more lazy than inappropriate, and the discussions of serious issues like gender roles have no depth at all. This is a movie essentially made up of nothing but stereotypes. Bell and Cooper just about manage to give their characters personalities, but everyone else has essentially one note. Most of the men are mere chucklehead idiots, while the women are male fantasies.
That said, the dialog is snappy enough to keep us smiling, sometimes even surprised by the topics these people chat about as they race around farcically, even though lives are at stake. And in the way the nutty antics get increasingly improbable, the film has a lot in common with 1970s hits like Smokey and the Bandit or The Dukes of Hazzard. In the end, it's not nearly as provocative as it pretends to be, and it's nowhere near as clever either. But sometimes we need stupid movies like this.
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