Hit & Run

  • Review Date: August 22, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Real-life couple has chemistry in raunchy car-chase flick.
  • Review Date: August 22, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Amid the movie's chaos and over-the-top content are worthwhile lessons about honesty, unconditional love, and changing your life.

Positive role models

Although the movie's characters have "colorful" pasts and get up to plenty of questionable antics, there's some upside, too. Annie, a non-violent conflict resolution specialist, is intelligent, kind, and incredibly understanding. She believes in tolerance, non-violence, and honest communication. And she learns to forgive Charlie after he proves that he's changed since his days as a criminal. Charlie demonstrates how sometimes people really do evolve, repent, and are deserving of a second chance.

Violence

Several mentions of rape are made in an off-hand manner, including an extended, uncomfortable conversation about prison sodomy and a casual, almost comical reference to alcohol-fueled date-rape. The dialogue makes it seem like rape can be a funny subject. A U.S. Marshal with terrible aim has a gun that goes off easily. A couple of bloody hand-to-hand encounters: One nose-breaking results in a blood-splattered face and shirt, another guy is temporarily knocked unconscious, and a third guy is dragged by a dog collar. One man is shot in the shoulder, and another is continuously punched in the face. Lots of scrapes and bruises for the main characters, but no one is killed.

Sex

Full-frontal nudity of elderly men and women in two very brief scenes when characters accidentally barge into a motel room full of nude seniors apparently engaged in an orgy (though there's no sexual activity other than lounging or standing around naked). Also romance, passionate kissing, sexual references (including "happy ending" massages), and the intimacy of a couple in love, but not any actual sex.

Language

Nearly every line of dialogue contains strong language, particularly "f--k" (100+ uses). Also "s--t," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "a--hole," "damn," "prick," "t-ts," "hell," "oh my God," "goddamn," and a ton of euphemisms for sex acts. In one discussion, different kinds of men are talked about in a potentially offensive manner.

Consumerism

Brands shown/mentioned in the movie include Apple (MacBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad), Dunkin Donuts, Lincoln Continental, Cadillac, Toyota Prius, Corvette, Xanax, Facebook, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults are shown smoking marijuana and drinking heavily. A character keeps mentioning the benefits of taking prescription pills (like Xanax) and adding liquor in for a "kick."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hit & Run is an action comedy that includes brief full-frontal nudity, drug use, violence, and extremely strong language -- all of which make it inappropriate for young teens. The language is pervasive -- nearly every line of dialogue contains a "f--k" or "s--t," and there are some potentially offensive comments about rape and ethnicity. In two brief scenes, the audience sees a group of seniors completely naked (an orgy is implied but not shown), but otherwise the sexuality is more PG-13 than R (some passionate kissing, conversations in bed, a reference to a massage having a "happy ending" and discussions of sexual orientation). Violence includes bloody hand-to-hand combat and gun use, though overall the movie's tone is light.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Annie (Kristen Bell) is a small-town California professor who's offered the opportunity of her career if she agrees to move to Los Angeles. Unfortunately for Annie, her boyfriend, Charlie (Dax Shepard), is under witness protection; but he agrees to risk his life by visiting the city where the crime he witnessed was committed. Annie's ex-boyfriend, Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), finds out that Charlie was actually a getaway driver and contacts Alex Dimitri (Bradley Cooper), the bank robber Charlie betrayed. With Alex and Gil on his trail, Charlie rushes to evade his pursuers and get Annie to her interview -- even if it means telling her the whole truth about his past.

Is it any good?

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Many off-screen couples fail to generate any heat on camera, but there's a genuine chemistry between real-life twosome Shepard and Bell that makes the romantic parts of the film work. The opening scene in bed seems improvisational and authentic, as if it's exactly the kind of conversation the actors would have while cuddling in the morning. As writer and co-director, Shepard clearly has an eye for how to make his beloved shine; even when other aspects of the movie falter a bit, Bell is always charming and adorable as the goody-two-shoes half of the relationship.

As for the action-comedy half of HIT & RUN, it's like an old-school car-chase caper, complete with a likeable supporting cast (Cooper looks hilarious as a dreadlocked surfer-criminal, and Tom Arnold is surprisingly winning as a bumbling U.S. Marshal assigned to protect Charlie) and several pulse-quickening chase sequences. What's surprising is that despite the occasional raunch and violence, the movie is really about the intimacy and honesty required in a long-term romance. The rape and race jokes will be a dealbreaker for some, but if you're not easily offended, this could be a guilty pleasure pick.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Hit & Run's blend of romance and action. What resonated with you more -- the romantic comedy between Annie and Charlie, or the action comedy with the car chases and criminal involvement?

  • Why do you think the filmmakers chose to include full-frontal nudity here? Why do so many R-rated comedies have nonsexual nudity? Would they be better without it?

  • Are the characters' comments about date rape and prison rape meant to be comical? If so, is that OK? What about Charlie's discussion of different kinds of men and their stereotypes? Is that funny or offensive? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 22, 2012
DVD release date:January 8, 2013
Cast:Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell
Directors:David Palmer, Dax Shepard
Studio:Open Road Films
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Cars and trucks
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content

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Teen, 17 years old Written byWwerobert1995 August 25, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Hilarious

AlOt of f words non stop
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 August 24, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Fun,over the top R rated comedy good for those who need a good laugh.

Too much subject of rape that makes it distasteful,there's lots of violence and hand to hand combat with blood splattering and spurting,some strong nudity and extreme amounts of language,Combine all and you get one hell of a raunchfest.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byhomealonefan123 January 27, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

This stupid raunchy comedy is unfunny and also not for kids!

Parents need to know that this action-comedy is very inappropriate, unfunny and too rude for kids. There is bloody hand to hand combat and gun violence. There is sex talk and jokes, and a scene with fully naked elderly people in one room (Full frontal nudity is shown). There is non stop swearing (f--k and sh-t are used constantly). This is Hit and Run, the worst comedy and not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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