Friday, August 24, 2012

HIT & RUN (C+)

Bottom Line: Haphazardly shifting from witty to lazy, raunchy to charming, good natured to brutal and funny to flat – HIT & RUN is an unconfidently and chaotically crafted chase flick.  The plot is week, the characters are shallow – but, somehow, this vehicle never finds itself running on empty.  It’s high-octane, it’s over-the-top, everyone involved is clearly having a blast and then suddenly (okay, perhaps sporadically) it cruise controls it’s way to mildly entertaining on the winning chemistry fumes sparked by Shepard and Bell.  It’s an off-beat, on-the-road rom-com that may not win the checkered flag but at least it ultimately finishes the race.
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges and Tom Arnold
Directed by: David Palmer and Dax Shepard
Rated: R
Running time: 100 minutes
Story: Hit and Run is the story of Charlie Bronson, a nice guy with a questionable past who risks everything when he busts out of the witness protection program to deliver his fiancé to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds … and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie's former pals, a band of gangsters, enter the fray. (Open Road Films)

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