30 Minutes or Less

Theatrical Release: August 12, 2011
30 Minutes or Less


In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Dove Review

I had someone who saw this movie before I did tell me, “There is a lot of profanity in it, almost every other word.” They were not exaggerating by much. There IS a lot of profanity in it. So much of it that I quit counting after a while. It is throughout the entire movie. I don’t usually like starting film reviews off this way, but I truly believe some screenwriters are just too lazy to work at being creative with the dialog and so they just fill in lots of cursing and profanities. It does feature scenes from Grand Rapids, Michigan which is one of the few redeeming qualities I can think of.

I also had heard that the second half of the movie is better than the first. Granted, it is more interesting to watch in the second half with the plot thickening and the laughter coming more frequently. But with all the profanity attached to the humor, it just doesn’t cut it as a family-friendly film. Avoid this one like you would a stretch of congested traffic. With all the cursing, this movie feels that long.

Content Description

Sex: A lot of sexual comments and slang, innuendos; oral sex is implied; a man admits to sleeping with another man's sister; a woman with bare breasts places a man's hand on them; strippers dance around poles; a comment about a guy liking another guy in a "gay" way; talk about prostitution; guys leering at women.
Language: Tons of the F bomb, GD and J and slang and just about every profanity imaginable.
Violence: A few arguments between characters who struggle and wrestle each other, a character is hit on head and has a cloth held over his mouth until he passes out; a character uses a flamethrower on another character; characters shoot at other characters; a bomb threat and a character blows up a stuffed bear to show that he means business; characters rob bank with toy guns; a bank customer is hit in leg by a gun which goes off and this is supposed to be funny; a car chase as characters attempt to get away from police; car crashes; a character is hit with an iron bar; a character pushes another character down with his foot; a character tosses a phone in his anger and shoves a table over.
Drugs: A character smokes marijuana while driving and at his job; characters drink beer and wine; a strip club scene and drinking; a character makes a reference to getting high.
Nudity: A few scenes of women with breasts exposed; skimpy clothing; women in bikinis; shirtless men; nude drawing of a woman.
Other: Bad attitudes and disrespect shown to various people; a man hires someone to kill his father; a man speeds through town and runs red lights; a woman is seen sitting on a toilet but the scene is not graphic.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 83 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter