A raunchy heist comedy with a pace as fast as its dialogue, "30 Minutes Or Less" will have you laughing out loud.

For grownups only, the show, replete with ribald dialogue, reunites director Ruben Fleischer with Jesse Eisenberg. And just as they did in "Zombieland," they deliver a fast-moving, smart send-up of what normally would be a drama in the hands of a typical Hollywood director.

Eisenberg as Nick is in his stammering, nervous, nice-guy persona here, a slacker pizza-delivery driver in Michigan whose product is free if he doesn't make it to the delivery site within half an hour. Nick has little ambition beyond having a few beers and a few moments to kick back with his roommate Chet (Aziz Ansari, television's "Parks and Recreation"), a teacher. In a subplot, Nick is quite taken with Chet's twin sister Kate (Dilshad Vadsaria), which figures into the heist equation.

Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) are two of the laziest would-be criminals you ever saw. Dwayne hates his stern, wealthy father (Fred Ward), and would like his father to die so he could inherit his mansion and money. Travis, Dwayne's longtime friend and not-so-bright sidekick, agrees to a plot in which Dwayne will kidnap an unwitting subject, force the person to rob a bank, and then use the money to pay off an assassin to eliminate Dwayne's dad.

The convoluted scheme works to a certain degree. Nick ends up being the stooge, who is attacked and, after regaining consciousness, discovers he now is wearing a bomb jacket that will go off within a certain amount of time unless he enters a certain code known only to Dwayne.

Similar to "Fargo," the movie has its origins in a true incident (one which, incidentally, deserves its own documentary - are you listening, filmmakers?). This occurred in 2003 and since has fascinated the criminal-justice educator in me because, despite numerous conflicting reports, no one has determined to what extent the victim really was involved (the real-life situation had a tragic ending that is unrelated to the film's finale).

Eisenberg portrays Nick as the perfect Everyman: What the heck would YOU do if you suddenly found yourself wearing a bomb?

The movie takes a few interesting turns that will keep you off-kilter so you won't be able to easily predict what will happen. One thing's for sure: If you enjoyed the dark humor of "Zombieland," you will be entertained by this picture's jagged humor.

 

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