30 Minutes or Less
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Language + sex + violence = funny, but not for kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though there are moments of bravery and empathy, the movie's final message is fairly negative. The bad guys' evil scheme is excessively violent, showing anger, lust, and greed. And the way the heroes respond isn't very noble, either.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are greedy and/or selfish. Even the two heroes don't display the most admirable behavior. They fight, lie to each other, and treat each other without much respect. During the course of the action, they do learn to empathize with one another, but their bad behavior is also rewarded.
Violence & Scariness
The main character spends most of the movie with a live bomb strapped to his chest. Guns are pulled fairly often, and a flame thrower is used (with one flaming victim). One character has a pen gun. There's blood, and at least one character dies. One character hires a killer to bump off his father. There are car chases and crashes and physical fights. Characters watch scenes from a Friday the 13th movie on a big-screen TV.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The bad guys visit a strip club, where several topless women are seen. One of the main characters receives oral sex (off screen) in a car. One character receives a lap dance on screen. He plans to open a massage parlor that obviously caters to sexual desires (there's a fake commercial for it after the closing credits). Also lots of strong sexual innuendo and humor.
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Strong, constant language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," "c--k," "bitch," "d--k," "hell," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Facebook and "O'Douls" (non-alcoholic beer) are each mentioned once. The "5 Hour Energy" drink is used as part of a joke.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No one is shown to have a drug problem, and no one is a dealer, but the main characters are seen smoking pot and drinking beer. The bad guys drink beer even more often, though the beer drinking more or less stops after the bomb goes online.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this subversive, mature comedy earns its R rating with lots of adult material -- from partial nudity to drug use, violence, and swearing. The villains catch the main character, strap a bomb to his chest, and force him to rob a bank. Guns are also pulled, a flame thrower is used as a weapon, and there are car crashes, fights, and at least one dead body. A strip club scene includes topless women; there are also some implied sex acts (including oral sex) and lots of innuendo. Language is constant, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," and "c--k." Characters also drink lots of beer and smoke some pot.
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Really good, lots of f**ks and b**bs though
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What's the Story?
In Grand Rapids, MI, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) hasn't lived up to his potential. He works as a pizza delivery man, and his only friend is schoolteacher Chet (Aziz Ansari) -- whose sister (Bianca Kajlich) Nick is secretly in love with. Meanwhile, Dwayne (Danny McBride) is fed up watching his lottery winner father (Fred Ward) waste his riches and decides, along with his buddy (Nick Swardson), to hire a contact killer and take out the old man. To do this, they need money. So they conjure up a plan to kidnap a pizza delivery man, strap a bomb to his chest, and force him to rob a bank. Nick becomes the victim and calls on Chet for help. What follows is a crazy, reckless race against time.
Is It Any Good?
For 30 MINUTES OR LESS, Oscar nominee Eisenberg re-teams with Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer; the result isn't quite as clever as that hit, but 30 Minutes or Less isn't bad. It's like a live-action version of a vulgar, violent cartoon: It's cheerful, willfully subversive, speedy, and lightweight. The filmmakers have gone out of their way to nab an "R" rating, inserting all kinds of swearing, beer-drinking, pot-smoking, and gratuitous nudity ... though it's all often put to hilarious use.
The violence, on the other hand, seems a bit misplaced, especially the use of the bomb vest; it recalls all-too-serious images from the news. Still, the movie never stops being fast, funny, or crazy, and the combination of talent helps sell it. Eisenberg turns in a believably panicked performance, and he's nicely matched by stand-up comic Ansari. Even the bad guys show their humanity from time to time, and Ward is a scream as the nasty old dad.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
- In theaters: August 12, 2011
- On DVD or streaming: November 29, 2011
- Cast: Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Jesse Eisenberg
- Director: Ruben Fleischer
- Studio: Columbia Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity and some violence
- Last updated: April 5, 2023
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